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Chinese baptisms in New York at Easter

NEW YORK (SE): The Chinese Catholic Community in New York celebrated the baptism of 154 people and 216 confirmations in three parishes at the Easter Vigil on April 7.

A priest who works with the community, Father Giuseppe Rang, said, “In the church of St. Joseph and the church of Santa Teresa, 120 catechumens were baptised, 86 adults and 34 children, and 216 were confirmed.”

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United States bishops say threat to religious freedom threatens the common good

WASHINGTON (CWNews.com) : It is not just about being forced to provide contraception for employees of Catholic institutions, the bishops of the United States of America (US) say in a 4,000-word statement entitled, Our First, Most Cherished Freedom, released on April 12, to alert the country to what they call threats against religious liberty.

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Easter between checkpoints in the Holy Land

JERUSALEM (AsiaNews): “The witness of faith by Christians in the Holy Land is vital for the small communities that dot the Arab world at a time of shocks and a resurgent radical Islam,” Archbishop Antonio Franco, the apostolic nuncio to Israel and Palestine said on April 4.

“We need trust and hope so that faith in Christ will help Christians in the Holy Land and the Arab world to face their difficulties, full of love for the life Christ sacrificed for us,” he continued.

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Dalai Lama awarded Templeton Prize for offering universal voice of compassion

WEST CONSHOHOCKEN (CNS): The Dalai Lama was awarded the 2012 Templeton Prize on March 29.

Each year, a nine-member panel chooses a living person who has made exceptional contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension to receive the prize. 

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Fiji flooded in tropical downpour

BA (SE): In the run up to Easter, the tiny Pacific-island nation of Fiji was inundated with floods affecting hundreds and thousands of people.

As rivers burst their banks on the island of Viti Levu, home to 87 per cent of the island-nation’s total population of less than one million, the United Nations offered support to the waterlogged inhabitants.

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Put faith into the marketplace pope tells Catholics in Cuba

HONG KONG (SE): “The Church is not a political power,” Pope Benedict XVI said on March 23 prior to his departure for his visitation of Mexico and Cuba.

He pointed out, “It is evident today that that Marxist ideology as it had been conceived no longer corresponds to reality.” However, he added that he believes that Cuba is working its way towards becoming a democracy.

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To the city and the world

vatican city (SE): “Christ is hope and comfort in a particular way for those Christian communities suffering most for their faith on account of discrimination and persecution,” Pope Benedict XVI said at his traditional Urbi et Orbi blessing of the city of Rome and the world on Easter Sunday, April 8.

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Vatican pushing to make water run uphill

VATICAN (SE): The Vatican has embarked on its own project to try and make water run up hill, calling for the most basic of necessities to be recognised worldwide as a human right.

Although the United Nations (UN) has already declared it to be a human right, it too has discovered that cajoling nations into taking this seriously is like trying to make water run uphill.

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A vastly different Cuba welcomed this papal visit

HAVANA (SE): On March 26, Pope Benedict XVI found himself in a vastly different Cuba than the one that his predecessor, Pope John Paul II visited in 1998, when he touched down at the airport in Havana.

Pope Benedict described the visit of Pope John Paul II as a breath of fresh air that breathed a new spirit into Church-state relations, but added that there is still a long way to go.

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Maryknoll founder mooted for canonisation

OMAHA (CWNews.com): Two priests from the United States of America are being proposed for sainthood.

The cases of the hero of Boys’ Town in Chicago, Irish-born Father Edward Flanagan, better known to the world through the face of Spencer Tracy who starred in the 1938 movie of the same name, and one of the two founders of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, Father Thomas Price are being put forward.

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