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Moral questions dog drone warfare and the drones who drive them

MARYKNOLL (SE): What is being described as a “radically new and geographically unbounded use of state-sanctioned lethal force” has become a major bullet in the arsenal of the United States of America (US), journalist Jane Mayer claims in an article posted on the Website of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.

Although the technology dates back to shortly after World War II, during the Vietnam War the use of drones was modified from collecting intelligence to dropping bombs. 

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Pope Benedict proclaims three new saints

VATICAN CITY (CNS): “These three new saints allowed themselves to be transformed by divine charity,” said Pope Benedict XVI at a canonisation Mass in St. Peter’s Square on October 23, World Mission Sunday. He said the lives of the three demonstrated that true faith is charity in action. 
“In different situations and with different gifts, they loved the Lord with all their heart and they loved their neighbour as themselves, in such a way as to become models for all believers,” he said. 
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Cracks in Myanmar junta’s armour may not signal great news

HONG KONG (SE): If it was a bout in the boxing ring, it may be interpreted as a white handkerchief, people in the Kachin State of the Union of Myanmar are saying in response to an October 3 announcement that the government is suspending construction on the controversial Myitsone Dam, part of a planned hydro-electric plant near the confluence of the Irrawaddy River near the Chinese border.
However, there are much more fundamental issues at stake.

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Interreligious dialogue is vital pope tells bishops

VATICAN (SE): Pope Benedict XVI made a big push for interreligious dialogue as a means of working for peace and understanding among peoples when speaking to the bishops from Indonesia during their ad limina visit to the Vatican on October 7.
“Your country, so rich in its cultural diversity and possessed of a large population, is home to significant numbers of followers of various religious traditions,” the pope told the bishops.
“Thus, Indonesians are well-placed to make important contributions to the quest for peace and understanding among the peoples of the world.

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In communication silence is golden pope says

VATICAN CITY (SE): In what could easily pass for a clever sound-bite in his message for next year’s World Communications Day, Pope Benedict XVI says that silence is golden.
He calls it is often overlooked, but is an essential ingredient in welcoming the word.
The message will be promulgated on 24 January 2012, the Feast of St.

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Church’s presence crucial among military personnel says pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope Benedict XVI said the Church must continue to provide pastoral services to military personnel wherever they are stationed, to help them “carry out their mission in the manner of Christian charity.” 
He made the remarks on October 22 at a gathering of several hundred military bishops who are responsible for the pastoral care of Catholics in the armed forces of their respective countries. The meeting marked the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s reform of military ordinariates around the world.

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Pope Benedict proclaims a Year of Faith

VATICAN CITY (CWNews.com): Pope Benedict XVI announced a special Year of Faith to begin on October 11 next year dedicated to rousing what he termed a “new impetus to the mission of the whole Church to lead men out of the desert in which they often find themselves, to the place of life, of friendship with Christ.”
The chosen date marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II.

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Vatican pledges support to new government on death of Gadhafi

VATiCAN CITY (CNS): The Vatican says in a statement released late on October 20 that the death of Libyan strongman, Moammar Gadhafi, marks the end of a “harsh and oppressive regime” that was based on power instead of human dignity. 

It expresses hope that the bloodshed will end in the North African country and that the new government will open a rebuilding phase based on a spirit of inclusion and social justice. 

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Walk out by editors of Zenit

ROME (CWNews.com): The entire editorial staff of the Rome-based Zenit news agency, which reports on Vatican and universal Church news, has resigned en masse, citing a disagreement with the backers of the service, the Legionaries of Christ.

The editors of the English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic editions of Zenit all submitted their resignations on October 7. There is usually a German language editor as well, but the spot was vacant at the time.

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Byzantine liturgy celebrated in Cantonese strikes a Chinese chord

HONG KONG (SE): Not a word was uttered in the Byzantine rite Eucharistic celebration of Mass at Ng Wah College in Sanpokong on October 9 that was not offered in praise of God, as a petition, plea for mercy or act of consecration in chant or in song.

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