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God will guide, protect his followers, says pope

October 24, 2011

God will always guide, protect and nourish those intent on following him, Pope Benedict said.

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Pope condemns attack on Christians in Egypt

October 24, 2011

Condemning an attack on unarmed Christians in Egypt, Pope Benedict said that during the country's transition to democracy, all of its citizens and institutions must work to guarantee the rights of minorities.

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Brazilian protest

October 24, 2011

A man hangs from a cross during a protest against corruption in downtown Rio de Janeiro Sept. 20.

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Priests are a happy bunch, research reveals

October 17, 2011

Msgr. Stephen Rossetti is out to correct the myth that the typical Catholic priest is "a lonely, dispirited figure living an unhealthy life that breeds sexual deviation," as a writer for the Harford Courant once put it. And he's got the data to prove it.

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Priests urged to reach beyond their comfort zone

October 17, 2011

Although the life of a parish priest has many rewards, it can lead some to become "quite narrow in their vision of the world that lies just beyond the confines" of that parish, Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta told a symposium on the priesthood Oct. 5.

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Indonesia can be model of religious harmony — pope

October 17, 2011

By promoting dialogue and defending the rights of minorities, Catholics in Indonesia will contribute to the harmony of their nation and will be an example to people in other parts of the world, Pope Benedict told the country's bishops.

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Christians slain in Cairo

 

October 17, 2011

A man chants pro-Christian slogans during a funeral at Abassaiya Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo Oct. 10.

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Keep Sunday sacred, says retired cardinal

October 17, 2011

Cardinal Francis Arinze told attendees at a eucharistic congress Charlotte, N.C., that "religion is not an option. It is not an accessory footnote.

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Cardinal puts Africa's hope for the future in education

October 17, 2011

Not only are millions of lives at risk in the Horn of Africa due to hunger and drought, those who escape the famine then risk becoming a lost generation due to a severe lack of stability, education and resources, said a top Vatican official.

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Jesuit compares Apple's Jobs with Pius XI

October 17, 2011

Like Pope Pius XI, who founded Vatican Radio and built the Vatican train station, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs recognized the importance of expanding communication, a Jesuit told Vatican Radio.

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BBC under fire for change to 'common era' dating

October 17, 2011

The Vatican newspaper said it was "historically senseless hypocrisy" for the BBC to drop the dating abbreviations B.C. and A.D. on the grounds that they might offend non-Christians.

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Pope: Silence needed in 'agitated' world

October 17, 2011

Endless news, noise and crowds have made people afraid of silence and solitude, which are essential for finding God's love and love for others, Pope Benedict said.

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Jesuits to promote ecological responsibility

October 10, 2011

Jesuit communities around the world have been asked to make their buildings more energy efficient, help the farmers they work with use sustainable agricultural practices and launch programs in their universities to promote both theological reflection and scientific research on protecting the environment.

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Everyone has guardian angel, pope says

October 10, 2011

Guardian angels exist to protect every human life from its beginning to end, Pope Benedict said.

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Russian bureaucracy spurs demolition of hospice

October 10, 2011

Russia's Catholic Church criticized the demolition of a hospice complex run by the Missionaries of Charity after a Moscow court ruled it was used illegally for charity work.

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Indonesian faith leaders call for calm

October 10, 2011

Indonesian Church leaders met in an emergency session to call for calm after a suicide bomb attack on a Protestant church, the Vatican missionary news agency Fides reported.

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Church programs help stem violence against women

October 10, 2011

Women in Nicaragua, often too timid to speak for themselves, have been beaten and sometimes killed by their partners or husbands who were unable or unwilling to see this as a crime, as unacceptable, as a way of life that needed to be changed.

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Jersualem patriarch urges Holy Land pilgrimages

October 10, 2011

The Latin patriarch of Jerusalem says the dwindling population of Christians in his city needs to be bolstered by the support of Christians around the world and by their visits as pilgrims.

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Papal message to ponder the sounds of silence

October 10, 2011

Pope Benedict is asking media professionals and viewers, listeners and readers to set aside a bit of time for silence.

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Church leaders step up criticism of Berlusconi

Silvio Berlusconi

October 10, 2011

The head of the Italian bishops' conference condemned the "licentious behaviour and improper relations" of Italy's political class, in what was seen as the strongest Church criticism to date of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

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