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At least 26 Church workers killed in 2011

January 23, 2012

At least 26 Catholic pastoral workers were killed in mission lands or among society's most disadvantaged communities, although they were more often the victims of violent crimes than persecution for their faith, said a Vatican news agency.

Joan of Arc lived finest of 'French virtues' – Sarkozy

January 23, 2012

French President Nicolas Sarkozy praised his country's patron, St. Joan of Arc, for helping "forge the national conscience.

Christmas church bombings kill 40 in Nigeria

January 16, 2012

Boko Haram, a Nigerian group that purports to be inspired by Islam, claimed responsibility for Christmas bombings that killed more than 40 people, including Muslim passersby, at two churches in Nigeria.

Durocher decries vandalism at local Islamic centre

January 16, 2012

Archbishop Paul-André Durocher of Gatineau, Quebec, has denounced recent acts of vandalism against a mosque in his diocese.

Former Episcopal bishop to oversee ex-Anglicans

January 16, 2012

Pope Benedict has established a U.S. ordinariate for former Anglicans who wish to become Catholics and named a married former Episcopal bishop to head it.

John Paul's childhood Jewish friend dies at 90

Jerzy Kluger

January 16, 2012

Jerzy Kluger, known as Blessed John Paul II's lifelong Jewish friend and one who had a deep impact on the pope's commitment to improved Catholic-Jewish relations, died in Rome Dec. 31 at the age of 90.

German snow church

January 16, 2012

A Catholic priest walks inside a church made of snow Dec. 28 in the Bavarian village of Mitterfirmiansreut, near the German-Czech border.

L.A. bishop resigns after revealing he has 2 children

January 16, 2012

Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Gabino Zavala has resigned after disclosing to superiors that he is the father of two children.

Pray with your children, pope urges parents

January 16, 2012

If children do not learn to pray from their parents, it will be difficult for them to ever learn to communicate with God naturally, simply and deeply, Pope Benedict said.

Iraqi churches cancel Christmas Midnight Mass

January 16, 2012

Chaldean Catholic officials cancelled traditional Christmas Eve midnight Masses in December because of security risks.

We Three Kings

January 16, 2012

Children dressed as the Three Kings bring forward the offertory gifts to Pope Benedict

Youth can promote peace, justice, Benedict says

December 26, 2011

When young people recognize the dignity and beauty of every human life, including their own, and are supported in their natural desire to make the world a better place, they become agents of justice and peace in the world, Pope Benedict said.

Mosque vandalism spurs call to respect sacred sites

December 26, 2011

The day after an ancient mosque in Jerusalem was vandalized and burned, allegedly by Jewish extremists, participants at a Rome conference on "sacred space" called for absolute respect for all places of worship.

Praising the Lord crucial part of prayer, says pope

December 26, 2011

Prayer should not centre just on asking God to fulfill one's hopes and desires, but must include praise, thanks and trust in God's plan which may not match one's own, Pope Benedict said.

Economy needs values of religion, says rabbi

December 26, 2011

The free market is the economic model that seems most consonant with biblical teaching, but the global economic crisis demonstrates that, without moral values, the market economy can implode, said Great Britain's chief rabbi.

Small Andean community honoured for water fight

December 26, 2011

With the help of the Catholic Church, the small community of Cruz de Mayo, high in the Peruvian Andes, has been waging a legal battle for nearly four years over the lake that provides its drinking and irrigation water.

Thousands abused in Netherlands – report

December 26, 2011

A report on a Dutch inquiry said "several tens of thousands of minors" were sexually abused by Catholic Church personnel between 1945 and 2010, and it faulted Church leaders for covering up the abuse and failing to help victims.

Applause and song greet new Manila archbishop

Archbishop Luis Tagle

December 26, 2011

The crowded Manila cathedral erupted in applause and the choir sang "Alleluia" after a priest read the letter from the Holy See appointing Archbishop Luis Tagle the next head of the Archdiocese of Manila.

Prayers to Our Lady

December 26, 2011

A woman lights a candle in the sanctuary of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Church suffers more from sin than persecution – pope

Pope Benedict

December 19, 2011

The Church should fear the sin of its own members more than hatred against Christians, Pope Benedict said.