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Africa poses some curly questions on communion

DURBAN (SE): Divorce and communion may be a hot topic in Europe and the United States of America, but the archbishop of Durban in South Africa, Wilfred Cardinal Napier, is saying that in his land the big issue to be faced is not communion for the divorced and remarried, but combining it with polygamy.

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European Court rules against Romanian parish

BRUSSELS (SE): The European Court of Human Rights overturned a case filed by a Romanian Greek Catholic parish seeking the return of a property it claimed had been confiscated in 1948 by the Romanian Orthodox Church during the suppression of the Catholic faith by the Communist government.

The Romanian Greek Catholic Church is an Eastern rite Catholic Church in full communion with the Holy See. It said in its claim that it was forced to turn over its properties to the Romanian Orthodox Church.

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Knights of Malta reject papal inquiry

HONG KONG (SE): The Sovereign Order of Malta, commonly known as the Knights of Malta, is rejecting a plan of Pope Francis to investigate the sudden and acrimonious dismissal of its grand chancellor, Albrecht von Boesalager, as unacceptable.

In a letter sent to the pope on December 23, the order pointed out that it is recognised as a sovereign body under international law with its own independent government.

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Ordinations help heal memories of massacre

BHUBANESWAR (SE): Kandhmal district in the Indian state of Orissa was the scene of a bloody anti-Christian massacre in December 2007, which left over 100 people dead and more than 50,000 displaced from their homes.

A wave of violence instigated by Hindu nationalists saw violence building until it overflowed into a massacre at the end of the year and continued for some time into the following year.

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Taiwan has role in China Church

TAIPEI (UCAN): The Church in Taiwan can play a bridging role between the Vatican and Beijing, as well as between the government-sanctioned official communities and the unofficial communities in China.

Speaking at a seminar hosted by the Chinese Christian Spirit Community on 2 December 2016, Father Jeroom Heyndrickx, a frequent visitor to China and Taiwan, said he is optimistic about China-Vatican relations.

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Tragic Christmas for Russia

ROME (SE): Sixty members of the world famous Russian Alexandrov Ensemble, which performed at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, the United States of America (US), on 17 December 2007, died when an aeroplane went down en route from the southern Russian city of Sochi to Syria killing all 92 on board.

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The right man for an impossible job

GENEVA (SE): Before Donald Trump formally becomes the president of the United States of America, another major shift on the global stage is due to take place.

On the first day of the New Year, António Guterres, a much respected politician from Portugal became the new secretary general of United Nations (UN), to replace Ban Ki-moon from South Korea, who has held the post for the past 10 years.

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Christmas explosion in Midsayap

MANILA (SE): An explosion outside the Shrine of Sto. Niño in the township of Midsayap in North Cotabato at 9.20pm on Christmas Eve left 12 people wounded, including one police officer, CBCP News reported.

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Mayors push a welcome for all

VATICAN (SE): A gathering of mayors from around Europe called for the creation of a Network of Mayors to promote intercity cooperation in dealing with the issues facing the metropolitan areas on the continent.

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Hopes for shared communion

ROME (SE): “I hope that the next declaration opens the way for shared Eucharistic communion in special cases,” Walter Cardinal Kasper said in expressing his hope for ecumenical progress through intercommunion.

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