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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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Finding faith through scandal

WASHINGTON (CWNews.com): In an October 7 interview with GetReligion, a religion reporter for The Associated Press, Tom Breen, discussed how an assignment to cover the clerical abuse scandal led him back to the Catholic Church.

“I was baptised a Catholic, but never really in any tradition other than a vague understanding of Christianity coupled with a sort of tribal pull toward the Catholic Church,” he said.

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Liturgical reform behind changes to canon law

VATICAN (SE): Pope Benedict XVI removed some canonical cases from the jurisdiction of the Congregation for Divine Worship on September 27, in an administrative move designed to give the congregation’s work a sharper focus on liturgical reform.

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Apple of the technology world’s eye unifier of technology and art

VATICAN CITY (CNS): L’Osservatore Romano put news of Apple Inc. co-founder, Steve Jobs’ death on its front page under the headline, The talented Mr. Apple. 

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Call for more involvement of ex priests in Church

LONDON (Agencies): The Vatican has appealed to diocesan bishops to encourage priests who have left the ministry in order to get married to play a more active role in parish life.

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Godlessness poses new risks for society pope says on homeland visit

FREIBURG (CNS): On a four-day visit to Germany, Pope Benedict XVI warned that godlessness and religious indifference undermining the moral foundations of society and leaving its weakest members exposed to new risks.

Making his first official state visit to his homeland, he repeatedly mentioned the duty to protect the unborn and proposed this as an area where Catholics and non-Catholics can witness together and help resist ethical erosion.

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Insights into fighting for Catholic education

 

HONG KONG (SE): The message coming out of an October 2 to 4 meeting of Catholic educators in Washington DC in the United States of America (US) says that Catholic schools are not just places offering quality education or even simply faith-based education, but a place where students can encounter God.

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