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Pope's trip to Germany takes shape

April 25, 2011

Pope Benedict's September trip to Germany will include meetings with political leaders, Lutherans and Orthodox Christians, German church officials said.

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End Planned Parenthood funding, cardinal says

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo

April 25, 2011

At a time when federal budget decisions "involve hard choices and much shared sacrifice," a decision on whether to fund the Planned Parenthood Federation of America "is not one of those hard choices," said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo.

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CTSA says bishops don't understand Johnson's book

April 25, 2011

The board of directors of the Catholic Theological Society of America has raised concerns about the U.S. bishops' Committee on Doctrine's critical assessment of a theology professor's popular book.

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Stop living in sin, urges Santa Fe archbishop

April 25, 2011

The archbishop of Santa Fe, N.M., admonished unmarried Catholic couples who are living together, those who are not married but are in a civil union and divorced Catholics who remarry without an annulment, warning them not to receive Holy Communion.

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Delaware diocese cuts back to pay abuse costs

April 25, 2011

The Diocese of Wilmington, Del., will eliminate 19 full-time and three part-time positions as it cuts operating expenses and prepares to pay more than US$77.4 million to survivors of sexual abuse by priests.

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Decline of marriage affects students' values

April 25, 2011

The decline of traditional marriage in America continues to affect students' education and the future welfare of the Catholic Church, said a University of Virginia professor.

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Chilean bishops apologize for clergy sexual abuse

April 25, 2011

Chile's bishops publicly asked forgiveness for clergy sexual abuse and pledged to handle such cases differently in the future.

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Young adults raise a mug to JP2 at Church-run pub

April 25, 2011

Young Catholics sip beer and kick back in the crypt beneath the Basilica of St. Charles, home to the GP2 bar and youth club in downtown Rome.

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Eggs on display

April 25, 2011

Faberge decorative Easter eggs belonging to the collection of The Link of Times foundation are being displayed in an exhibit at the Vatican Museums.

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Prelate calls for Jones' arrest over Quran burning

April 18, 2011

The president of the Pakistani bishops' conference has called for the arrest of a U.S. Protestant pastor whose decision to burn the Islamic sacred book has caused fury in the Muslim world and the deaths of more than 20 people.

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Papal Way of Cross to give voice to abused children

April 18, 2011

The cloistered Augustine nun who has written the meditations for Pope Benedict's Way of the Cross service said she strived for simplicity to give a voice to children who have been abused in the Church and beyond.

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New evangelization needed to fight secularism

Cardinal Donald Wuerl

April 18, 2011

Because materialism, secularism and individualism are "rapidly enveloping our society and culture," Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl urged Catholics to actively participate in the Church's new evangelization efforts "to proclaim the Gospel anew."

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Online donating to Church is exciting, says priest

April 18, 2011

Within a decade, collection baskets may be collecting more dust than cheques as more Catholics switch to electronic giving.

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Cantalamessa says charity requires love, action

Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa

April 18, 2011

Genuine love for others is the cornerstone of charity, but it needs to be backed up by concrete action to be a complete expression of God's love for humanity, the papal preacher said.

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U.S. Church giving rebounding from recession

April 18, 2011

Church giving in the U.S. is beginning to rebound from challenges posed by the recession, according to a new survey involving mostly Protestant churches.

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Bhatti's brother says he forgives murderers

Paul Bhatti

April 18, 2011

Paul Bhatti, brother of the former Pakistani minister for minorities who was murdered by Islamic extremists, said he and his family forgive his brother's assassins.

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Benedict views Polish film on John Paul

April 18, 2011

Pope John Paul's life and ministry were built on prayer and on witnessing to the Gospel, Pope Benedict said after watching a Polish-produced documentary about his predecessor.

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Pakistani bishops urge Catholics to live with hope

April 11, 2011

Preparing for Easter means making a commitment to living with hope and courage, the bishops of Pakistan told Catholics in the country where anti-Christian violence has been on the increase.

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Vatican-Jewish dialogue warns of 'moral crisis'

April 11, 2011

A Vatican-Jewish dialogue commission warned of a "moral crisis" in modern secular society, and said religions need to respond with prayer, charitable action and dialogue.

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Follow 'German shepherd' in defending Church — Jesuit

April 11, 2011

The most effective response to veiled attacks against the Church is one that exposes misrepresentations, states the verifiable truth, explains genuine Catholic doctrine and provides examples from the lives of Catholic saints and martyrs, according to speakers at a Fordham University program.

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