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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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Don’t create a new generation of refugees

Vatican (SE): We must not allow another generation of refugees, undocumented migrants, stateless persons, people without a job or a community to call home to develop, warned Robert Cardinal Sarah, the president of the Vatican aid organisation, Cor Unum, at a press conference in the Vatican on October 7, saying the that the situation in the Horn of Africa is now critical.

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China and Vietnam up in arms over United States report on religious freedom

HONG KONG (SE): The official religious organisations of the Chinese government have reacted angrily to the latest Report on Religious Freedom: July to December 2010 put out by the United States Department of State, accusing Washington of harming the image of their country.

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Pakistan government delighted with floods priest maintains

ISLAMABAD (Agencies): “The government wanted the floods to come again,” a disappointed Father Mario Rodrigues, the director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Pakistan, said in the wake of the huge volumes of water spilling from the nation’s river system that have resulted in seven million refugees and left 1.1 million people homeless.

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Asian bishops gear up to face secularisation and fundamentalism

BANGKOK (SE): Secularisation and religious fundamentalism were pinpointed as the two greatest obstacles to the growth of the faith in Asia by the president of the Evangelisation Office of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil, at a gathering in Bangkok, Thailand, Fides reported on September 28.

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Vatican calls on United Nations for courageous decision on Palestine

VATICAN CITY (CNS): In an address to the United Nations (UN), Vatican representative, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, called for courageous decisions toward the two-state solution for the Holy Land, after a request from Palestinian leaders for full UN membership.

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A Maryknoll pocket in New York for Chinese migrants

 

NEW YORK (SE): The parish of the Transfiguration in New York gained a new claim to fame on Nine/Eleven 2001, as the giant World Trade Centre came crashing to the ground.

Situated in nearby Mott Street, the pastor of the time, Maryknoll Father Ray Nobiletti, was one of the first priests to arrive at the scene of the disaster.

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Stand firm in the storm pope urges the people of the German Church

VATICAN CITY (CNS): “This is not a godless city. It is even a city of martyrs,” Archbishop Rainer Woelki said on September 22 in welcoming Pope Benedict XVI to Berlin at the stadium that was purpose built by the Adolf Hitler regime to host the 1936 Olympic Games.

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