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Catholic U returns to single-sex dorms

July 4, 2011

John Garvey, president of The Catholic University of America in Washington, says the university will take a stand against binge drinking and the "culture of hooking up" by phasing out co-ed dorms.

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Three theologians to receive Ratzinger Prize

July 4, 2011

Pope Benedict will award three European theologians the Ratzinger Prize for their excellence in theological studies.

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Corapi leaves priesthood in wake of allegations

Fr. John Corapi

July 4, 2011

Father John Corapi, a well-known speaker and former EWTN-TV host, declared June 17 he is leaving the priesthood.

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Hedonism clouds judgment, says Benedict

Pope Benedict

July 4, 2011

Hedonism clouds people's judgment and risks annihilating morality, Pope Benedict said.

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Venezuelan Corpus Christi

July 4, 2011

Masked revelers dressed as devils take part in a parade in Ocumare, Venezuela, June 23.

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New official building bridges with religious orders

Archbishop Joao Braz de Aviz

June 13, 2011

He has only been at the Vatican for four months, but Brazilian Archbishop Joao Braz de Aviz is already getting good reviews.

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Few priests able to celebrate 1962 Latin Mass

June 13, 2011

A new Vatican instruction on the extraordinary form of the Mass intends to make it easier for Catholics who want to worship this way to do so.

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Philippine bishops oppose legalizing divorce

June 13, 2011

Catholic clergy in the Philippines are urging fellow Catholics to voice their disapproval of a bill pending in the country's Congress that would legalize divorce.

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Registration opens for 2012 Eucharistic Congress

June 13, 2011

Registration has opened for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in 2012, and organizers hope the event will help reinvigorate the Irish Church.

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Irish archbishop wants Vatican to release report

June 13, 2011

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin chided Vatican officials for delaying release of a report of last year's apostolic visitation investigating the Irish Church's past handling of clergy sex abuse cases and current procedures for preventing abuse.

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Laws in '70s led to decline in rate of abuse

Teresa Kettelkamp

June 13, 2011

The head of the U.S. bishops' Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection credited the passage of laws in the 1970s to protect women and children with leading to a decline in child sexual abuse.

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Court issues indictments for 1989 Jesuit murders

June 13, 2011

Spain's National Court has invoked a special law to order the arrest and trial of 20 former Salvadoran military officers for the 1989 murder of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter.

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Drug war chaos

June 13, 2011

Former gang members and drug addicts talk to a nun from a Catholic-run shelter

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Fair trade coffee

June 13, 2011

Mariela Zamora, an agronomist with Catholic Relief Services, examines the health of coffee trees.

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Archbishop Sheen's cause moves to Rome

Archbishop Fulton Sheen

June 6, 2011

When Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria, Ill., presented Pope Benedict with two thick volumes about the life of Archbishop Fulton Sheen, the pope surprised him by saying he had worked with the late archbishop.

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Proposal to ban circumcision 'misguided'

June 6, 2011

San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer called a proposed ban on circumcision that qualified for the Nov. 8 ballot in San Francisco "a misguided initiative" and "an unconscionable violation of the sanctuaries of faith and family" by the city.

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Coren honoured as Catholic advocate

Michael Coren

June 6, 2011

Michael Coren, Catholic author and journalist, has been chosen this year's recipient of the Catholic Civil Rights League's Archbishop Adam Exner Award for Catholic Excellence in Public Life.

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Lahey's sentencing hearing set for June 24

June 6, 2011

Bishop Raymond Lahey's sentencing hearing will take place June 24, when the judge gets to hear testimony from a forensic psychiatrist.

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Pope's World Peace Day theme focuses on youth

June 6, 2011

In building a world of peace and justice, the Catholic Church must listen to the ideas and hopes of young people and offer them educational opportunities that will strengthen their ability to work for the common good, the Vatican said.

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Pope urges Caritas to work more closely with Church

June 6, 2011

Because it acts in the name of the Catholic Church in promoting development and helping the needy, Caritas Internationalis must be guided by bishops and the official teaching of the Church, Pope Benedict said.

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