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Costa Rica pressured to lift in vitro fertilization ban

Laura Chinchilla

December 27, 2010

Costa Rica is under pressure to overturn its ban on in vitro fertilization — and as a result abandon long-held Catholic teaching — or risk sanctions for violating international accords on human rights.

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Pope visits Vatican Library

December 27, 2010

Pope Benedict reads a book during his visit to the Vatican Library at the Vatican Dec. 18.

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Mystical marriage

December 27, 2010

The Mystical Marriage of St. Catherine

Mary holds the child Jesus in this painting by Benozzo Gozzoli.

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Love, not revolution, brings positive change - pope

December 20, 2010

Changing the world for the better does not come from leaders making grandiose promises or calling for a violent revolution, Pope Benedict said: It comes from humble individuals who silently carry God’s light and love to everyone around them.

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Priests joyful as they awaited execution by Nazis

December 20, 2010

As the Nazi executioner beheaded three Catholic priests and a Lutheran pastor, one after another in a matter of minutes, their blood flowed together, creating a powerful symbol for ecumenism in northern Germany.

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Apparitions from 1859 approved in Green Bay

December 20, 2010

Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay has approved the Marian apparitions seen by Adele Brise in 1859, making the apparitions of Mary that occurred some 30 km northeast of Green Bay the first in the U.S. to receive approval of a diocesan bishop.

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Dutch Church pledges firm response to abuse

December 20, 2010

The Dutch bishops’ conference has pledged action after nearly 2,000 people complained of sexual abuse by Catholic priests during an inquiry by an independent commission.

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Vatican seeks pact with PLO on Church’s rights

December 20, 2010

The Vatican and the Palestine Liberation Organization have agreed to establish a working group to draft an agreement between the two parties.

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Vatican to restore, digitize photo archive

December 20, 2010

The Vatican is embarking on a project to restore and digitize its archive of more than eight million photographic images.

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Toronto Catholics boost Iraqi refugees sponsorship

December 20, 2010

Spurred by the exodus of Iraqi Christians, the Toronto Archdiocese doubled the number of Iraqi refugee families it sponsored in 2010 to 190.

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Arsenic-loving microbe provides insight — Funes

December 20, 2010

The discovery of the first known microorganism on Earth to thrive on the toxic chemical arsenic will help expand scientists’ understanding of the definition of life, said the head of the Vatican Observatory.

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Preparing for conflict

December 20, 2010

Young members of Christ the King Parish dance during an outdoor Mass in Malakal, Southern Sudan.

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Pakistani minister fights for religious freedom

Shabhaz Bhatti

December 20, 2010

Despite receiving death threats, Pakistan’s minister for minorities, a Christian, said he will not give up his battle to guarantee religious freedom for all the country’s people.

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Ratzinger sought swift action against abusive priests

December 13, 2010

A newly disclosed letter reveals that in 1988, the future Pope Benedict pressed for swifter and more streamlined procedures to punish priests guilty of "grave and scandalous conduct."

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Vatican officials unperturbed by WikiLeaks

December 13, 2010

WikiLeaks' release of classified U.S. documents is unlikely to ever develop into a flood capable of eroding decades of U.S. diplomatic efforts, some Vatican officials and watchers said.

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God's dream is for Christian unity — archbishop

December 13, 2010

New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond urged delegates attending an ecumenical conference to embrace a longing toward unity.

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Vatican has not endorsed genetically modified food

December 13, 2010

The Vatican did not endorse an 11-page statement in favour of easing restrictions on and allowing more widespread use of genetically modified crops, especially in poorer nations, said a Vatican official.

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Foundation to promote study of pope's theology

December 13, 2010

With the pope's agreement and funding, the Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation has been established to promote theological studies on his writings and to reward promising scholars.

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Crucifixion relics stolen from shrine in India

December 13, 2010

Three historic relics of crucifixion preserved at a 10th-century church under the Syro-Malabar Irinjalakuda Diocese in India's Kerala state were discovered missing Nov. 30.

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Pope would welcome electric popemobile

December 13, 2010

Pope Benedict would welcome having an electric popemobile as a further sign of his commitment to protecting natural resources and safeguarding the earth, said a top Vatican official.

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