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Group of Australian Catholics appeals to pope for an ear

HONG KONG (SE): “The Church no longer adequately inspires many of our communities. It has alienated too many adults who were born of Catholic parents, attended Catholic schools and lived a sacramental life.

“It has become disconnected from and irrelevant to the lives of too many of our children,” a letter, signed by 3,337 people addressed to Pope Benedict XVI and the Australian Bishops’ Conference, reads.

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 World Youth Day pumps €160 million into Spain

MADRID (CWNews.com): The head of the Madrid Chamber of Commerce, Arturo Fernandez, estimates that an extra €160 million ($1.782 billion) was ploughed into the Spanish economy during the World Youth Day celebrations that ended on August 21.

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Split with St. Pius X group may end

ROME (CWNews.com): The head of the Society of St. Pius X, Bishop Bernard Fellay, has been called to the Vatican for a meeting on September 14.

News of the meeting has revived speculation that the Vatican and the renegade traditionalist society may be close to an agreement that could regularise the status of the breakaway group.

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Cohabitation number one enemy of children’s welfare

WASHINGTON DC (CWNews.com): The United States of America has seen an explosion in the number of couples living together and raising children without the benefit of marriage. A new study shows that the number of couples has increased by 1,200 per cent since 1970.

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Biden attacked for praising China’s one-child policy

 

WASHINGTON DC (CWNews.com): The vice president of the United States of America, Joseph Biden, is under fire in Washington DC for commenting that he can fully understand China’s one-child policy, without making any qualifying remarks about what member of congress, Chris Smith, called its brutal enforcement.

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Fun in the sun or preparation for illicit ordination?

  HARBIN (UCAN): An organised sight-seeing tour billed as a study session by authorities in Beijing for leaders of the official Church in China gathered in the city of Harbin just one week prior to its conclusion in Beijing on August 23.

Jointly organised by the United Front Work Department of the Communist Party and the State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA), two dozen people participated, most of them officials of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association and the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church of China.

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Threat of renewed fighting sparks fresh flood of refugees in Myanmar

MYITKYINA (SE): “When the fighting starts again, it will be the ordinary people who suffer the most,” Nhkum Gam, told the Sunday Examiner from the Myitkyina, the capital of the Kachin state in the north of the Union of Myanmar, where violence flared in early July between the State Peace and Development Council (former name for the national government of Myanmar) and the Kachin Independent Army (KIA), an extremely strong separatist movement.

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World Youth Day is a microcosm of today’s Catholicism amidst the secular

HONG KONG (SE): Although World Youth Day has become a repetitive event and, even though it stretches over a whole week and still hangs onto the misnomer of day, which derived from the initial single-day celebration launched by Pope John Paul II in Rome in 1985, it remains a call to young Catholics the world over to carry their Catholic identity with pride.

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