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Chinese bishops forced to attend illicit ordination

November 29, 2010

The Vatican is disturbed by reports from mainland China that government officials are forcing bishops to attend an illicit episcopal ordination.

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Pope sends rare white truffle to local soup kitchen

November 29, 2010

Thanks to Pope Benedict, some of Rome's poor will enjoy a gourmet meal flavoured with shavings of a precious white truffle weighing more than one kilogram, reported Caritas Rome, the diocesan Catholic charity.

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Pot-smoking fuels Mexican gun violence - journalist

November 29, 2010

A top journalist who is a veteran of covering violent conflict in Mexico and Central America has a sober warning for anybody who smokes marijuana: If it comes from south of the border, "it's heavy with the blood of innocent people."

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U.S. Catholics, Protestants agree on Baptism

November 29, 2010

In what Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta called "a milestone on the ecumenical journey," the U.S. Catholic bishops affirmed an agreement to recognize baptisms in four Protestant Church communities.

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Dublin students get option for Christmas gifts

November 29, 2010

Giving a Christmas present to the teacher is a tradition in Ireland and throughout the world, but there are only so many packets of bath salts, bottles of perfume and boxes of chocolate that one educator can use.

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U.S. bishops want more done to protect Iraqis

November 29, 2010

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops urged the U.S. government to "redouble its efforts to assist Iraqis" in providing safety for its citizens, especially religious minorities.

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Polish composer famous for Sorrowful Songs

November 29, 2010

Polish classical music composer Henryk Gorecki, whose distinct minimalist style of music gained throngs of followers beginning in the early 1990s, died Nov. 12 from complications of a lung infection.

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Traditionalists threaten to expel Williamson

November 29, 2010

The Society of St. Pius X threatened to expel traditionalist Bishop Richard Williamson if he retained an extremist lawyer with neo-Nazi ties to defend him in a German court.

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Knights, Sony help Vatican move to HD

November 29, 2010

Thanks to a discount from Sony and a contribution from the Knights of Columbus, the Vatican television centre has a multimillion-dollar high-definition mobile television studio, which will be operational in time for the pope's Christmas midnight Mass.

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Celebrating cardinals

November 29, 2010

New Italian Cardinals Paolo Sardi and Velasio De Paolis talk with. . . . 

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Pilgrims welcome pope

November 22, 2010

A group of pilgrims with the Neocatechumenal Way . . .

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Exhibit shows treasures of Vatican Library

November 22, 2010

State-of-the-art technology and the latest in multi-media presentation techniques reveal some of the centuries-old treasures housed in the “pope’s library” in a new exhibit at the Vatican.

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Pope urges G-20 to seek ‘just solutions’ to crisis

November 22, 2010

Pope Benedict urged world leaders to seek “lasting, sustainable and just solutions” to the numerous economic and social problems facing the world as the Group of 20 finance ministers and central bank governors gathered in Seoul, South Korea, Nov. 11-12.

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Women of Irish laundries may be compensated

November 22, 2010

The Irish government has asked the country’s attorney general to consider a report by the Irish Human Rights Commission that calls for compensating women and girls held in the so-called Magdalene laundries run by 10 religious orders.

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Cuban bishops still see ‘promise’ of freedom

November 22, 2010

The Cuban government may have missed a deadline to release 13 prisoners of conscience detained in Cuba, but the work of the Church on their behalf — and for all prisoners on the island, regardless of their offence — will continue, said Cuba Bishop Arturo Gonzalez of Santa Clara during a news conference Nov. 8 in Miami.

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Pope drops a line to Iranian leader

November 22, 2010

Respect for each person’s relationship with God is an essential part of building a just social order and real peace, Pope Benedict said in a letter to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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Irishman avoids jail by going on pilgrimage

November 22, 2010

An Irishman who was promised by a judge that he would be spared time in prison if he undertook a religious pilgrimage and said “a few prayers” has completed the task and raised about $4,000 for charity in the process.

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Polish statue of Jesus shows nation’s faith

November 22, 2010

A parish in western Poland will dedicate what it says is the world’s largest statue of Christ in what a local Church spokesman said is a “show of devotion” by local Catholics.

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Pope calls on laity to evangelize for global justice

November 15, 2010

Pope Benedict said that lay Catholics have a responsibility to promote social justice and charity in a globalized world often marked by injustice and inequality.

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Irish Catholic women don’t feel valued by Church

November 15, 2010

Irish Catholic women feel that they are not sufficiently appreciated by the Church, but their faith remains strong, according to a newly published survey.

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