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Vicar-general of Khartoum released

Apr 18, 2005

The vicar-general of the Diocese of Khartoum, Fr. Peter Ayung, was released from prison yesterday. The priest had been arrested... Read more

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Iran liberalizes laws on abortion

Apr 11, 2005

The Iranian parliament voted today to legalize abortion for foetuses who are deemed mentally and physically disabled, reported BBC News.  Read more

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Iraqi Catholics mourn Pope, hold memorial mass

Apr 7, 2005

Despite potential danger, several hundred people gathered at St. Joseph's Chaldean Church in Baghdad yesterday for a special memorial mass... Read more

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Harrisburg bishop’s alma mater raises funds since ordination

Feb 1, 2005

Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Harrisburg returned to his alma mater yesterday to mark Catholic Schools Week and to unveil a... Read more

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U.S. soldier in Iraq requests prayers for upcoming vote

Jan 20, 2005

A U.S. soldier in Iraq is requesting prayers as the military unit prepares to deliver the voting machines and ballots... Read more

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Kidnapped archbishop says Pope’s appeal resulted in his quick release

Jan 18, 2005

The Iraqi archbishop, who was kidnapped Monday but released yesterday after 19 hours in captivity, credits the Pope for his... Read more

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Lutheran panel says ‘no’ to same-sex marriage; proposes tolerance for homosexuality

Jan 17, 2005

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America should officially maintain its traditional position against same-sex blessing ceremonies and ministers involved in... Read more

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Archbishop kidnapped in Iraq on verge of election

Jan 16, 2005

Today the Vatican released a statement deploring the kidnapping of a Catholic Archbishop in the Iraqi city of Mosul. Read more

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Bethlehem mayor says Israeli occupation is driving away Christians

Dec 15, 2004

The mayor of Bethlehem said that the “bitterness” of the Israeli  occupation is driving more and more Christians away from... Read more

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Dark future for Christians in Arab regions if world continues neglect, says scholar

Dec 14, 2004

The situation in the Arab world has reached a point at which the further subjugation and persecution of Christians in... Read more

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New declaration says protecting marriage important in protecting family

Dec 5, 2004

International pro-family leaders issued a declaration Dec. 3, urging governments around the world to protect the family by upholding, preserving... Read more

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Motherhood and fatherhood are complementary Cardinal explains at Family summit

Nov 29, 2004

At the International Conference on the Family this morning in Doha, Qatar, Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, president of the Pontifical... Read more

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Sudanese government expells charity worker, warns aid organizations in Darfur

Nov 29, 2004

The Sudan director of the UK based aid agency Save the Children was expelled from the east African country yesterday,... Read more

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Catholics rebuild churches in Iraq despite ongoing violence

Nov 24, 2004

Father Nizar Semaan, a Catholic priest from the city of Mosul, told the Fides News Agency this week that Christians... Read more

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Pilgrimages to Holy Land needed to diminish Christian exodus

Nov 17, 2004

Representatives of different Christian denominations signed a statement this week exhorting the faithful around the world to make pilgrimages to... Read more

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Mexican Cardinal says faith and reason together lead to encounter with God

Nov 15, 2004

Amidst the confusion and disorder of certain scientific and technological “advances,” man must understand that reason alone cannot address his... Read more

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Homosexual group to give sessions at national religion conference

Nov 8, 2004

The Gay Men's "Issues In Religion" Group will be presenting workshops at the American Academy of Religion's 2004 Annual Meeting... Read more

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Pope to return relics to Orthodox Church after 800 years

Oct 31, 2004

Pope John Paul II will return the relics of two of the Great Doctors of the Church, Saint John Chrysostom... Read more

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Iraqi Christians thankful for Pope’s concern

Oct 31, 2004

The Vatican News Agency Fides reported last week Christians in Iraq have expressed their gratitude to Pope John Paul II... Read more

Result of presidential election serious concern for world, says Knights of Columbus CEO

Oct 25, 2004

Knights of Columbus CEO Carl A. Anderson, consultor to the Pontifical Council on Justice and Peace who were meeting in... Read more