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Catholic principles protect against political 'spin'

November 7, 2011

Catholic voters who seek objective facts, study issues carefully and consider the teachings of the Church are well-equipped to weather the storms of negativity and partisan sniping associated with the upcoming U.S. elections, according to panelists at a recent conference at Jesuit-run Fordham University.

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Mass attendance down, but U.S. Catholics remain loyal

November 7, 2011

Although Mass attendance continues to decline among American Catholics, loyalty to Catholic identification remains strong, according to the results of a new survey commissioned by National Catholic Reporter newspaper.

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Church's presence crucial among military personnel

November 7, 2011

Pope Benedict said the Church must continue to provide pastoral services to military personnel wherever they are stationed, to help them "carry out their mission in the manner of Christian charity."

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Williamson under fire for more anti-Semitism

November 7, 2011

Jewish groups have called on the Vatican to suspend reconciliation talks with a traditionalist group after one of its bishops argued that the Jewish people were responsible for the death of Jesus.

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Pope calls on Christians to support world's migrants

November 7, 2011

Christians need to offer migrants special care, ranging from prayer and concrete aid to promoting policies that uphold immigrants' rights and dignity, Pope Benedict said.

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Vietnamese sisters

November 7, 2011

Nuns attend a Mass for the profession of vows for the Lovers of the Holy Cross of Hung Hoa Sisters.

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Freedom from hunger essential to right to life – pope

October 31, 2011

Pope Benedict appealed for immediate and long-term relief for the world's hungry, saying the right to adequate nourishment is a fundamental part of the right to life.

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European court bans patents related to embryos

October 31, 2011

A leading Catholic bioethical institute has welcomed the decision of a European court to ban the patenting of any medical treatment derived from destructive experiments on human embryos.

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Sister pleased native culture allowed in liturgy

October 31, 2011

Ursuline Sister Josephine Aloralrea recalls what she considers one of Catholicism's finer hours.

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Respect religious freedom in Mideast, patriarch urges

Patriarch Bechara Rai

October 31, 2011

Unless Middle Eastern countries support religious freedom and respect human rights, the "Arab spring" movement will devolve into an "Arab winter," said Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai.

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Catholics recall Gadhafi's brutality, look to future

October 31, 2011

Catholic leaders said they could not rejoice at the death of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, but they recalled some of his more brutal moments and speculated on the future of Christians in the region.

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Vatican says Libya needs help rebuilding

Moammar Gadhafi

October 31, 2011

The Vatican said the death of Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi marked the end of a "harsh and oppressive regime" based on power instead of human dignity.

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Pope adopts wheeled platform for processions

October 31, 2011

Pope Benedict has begun using a wheeled platform to move through crowds at major events, a change the Vatican said was designed to reduce the physical toll on the 84-year-old pontiff.

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JP2's first feast day

October 31, 2011

People gather for a vigil marking the first observance of the feast day of Blessed John Paul II.

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Benedict puts his mark on Assisi prayer summit

October 24, 2011

Slowly and carefully, the Vatican is setting the stage for the third edition of the interreligious "prayer for peace" encounter in the Italian pilgrimage town of Assisi.

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Same-sex marriage agenda threatens religious liberty

October 24, 2011

The widening campaign by U.S. gay rights advocates to promote same-sex marriage as a civil rights issue is forcing Catholic and other religious institutions to confront charges of intolerance and discrimination.

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Richest man bails out Guadalupe plaza

October 24, 2011

Mexican President Felipe Calderon inaugurated the new Plaza Mariana Oct. 12 adjacent to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, but credit for rescuing the project from budgetary and political problems went to the world's richest man, Mexican telecom tycoon Carlos Slim Helu.

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Catholics yearn for faith education – Rodriguez

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez

October 24, 2011

Pastors are responsible for continually educating the people in the faith, because otherwise they could "lose the vineyard," Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga said during the Oct. 3-6 annual convention of the National Association of Hispanic Priests.

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Bishop, diocese in court for failure to report abuse

October 24, 2011

Bishop Robert Finn and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., which he heads, entered pleas of not guilty to misdemeanour charges of failure to report child abuse.

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Growing secularism threat to health care workers

October 24, 2011

The greatest challenge faced by Catholic health care workers is growing secularism, said Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez.

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