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St. Pius X Society refuses to toe the bottom line

VATICAN (SE): Another overture from the Holy See to the recalcitrant Society of St. Pius X has met a brick wall, with the superior general, Bishop Bernard Fellay, refusing to toe the Vatican’s bottom line on March 16.

Bishop Fellay had already rejected a Doctrinal Preamble presented to him by William Cardinal Levada on behalf of Pope Benedict XVI.

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Don’t pull the trigger on Iran bishops counsel

WASHINGTON DC (SE) : “Resolve conflict with Iran through diplomatic, not military means,” the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops says in a March 2 letter addressed to the secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The bishops are encouraging their government to work to reduce nuclear arms and maintain security in the Middle East, without recourse to war.

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United States government making chilling attack on religious freedom

HONG KONG (SE): Two newspapers in the United States of America (US) have sprung to the defence of the bishops in their standoff with the president, Barack Obama, over compulsory facilitation and supply of contraceptives by religious employers, which is being imposed by the Health and Human Services Department.

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Is Twitter becoming dictator-friendly?

BANGKOK (SE): The term Twitter Revolution has been in wide use during the Arab Spring, with walls of Middle East capital cities covered with messages thanking the network for its support during troubled times.

However, Reporters Without Borders is asking if these notes of thanks may already obsolete, as the site has announced that it is introducing country-specific censorship in order to satisfy local laws.

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Nuclear power is a threat to world security

HONG KONG (SE): A paper released by the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns in New York, the United States of America (US), immediately prior to the March 11 anniversary of the nuclear disaster that still plagues Japan in Fukushima, states that we need to move away from the tried and trusted ways of seeking security, as they simply do not work.

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Government is violating separation of Church and state bishops say

CHICAGO (CWNews.com): As the government of Barack Obama in the United States of America (US) continues to push its compulsory facilitation and supply of contraceptives on religious employers through the Health and Human Services Department, two bishops have hit out, saying that it could well spell the end of religious freedom as we have come to know it in the nation.

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Holy See-Vietnam confab 
satisfactory communiqué says

VATICAN (SE): “The Vietnam-Holy-See relationship has attained positive developments on the basis of good will and constructive dialogue, as well as respect for principles in the relationship,” a joint communiqué released at the conclusion of a two-day meeting of the Vietnam-Holy See Joint Working Group held in Hanoi on February 27 and 28.

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Letter from Vatican archive vindicates Pope Pius XII

Rome (CathNews): Documents released from the Vatican’s secret archives as part of the exhibition, Lux in Arcana: The Vatican Secret Archives Reveals Itself, appear to vindicate the much maligned Pope Pius XII.

The wartime pope was praised by former Jewish prisoners for preventing their deportation to death camps, the British newspaper, The Telegraph, reported on March 2.

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Religious groups defy student union move to dictate speakers

London (CathNews): Students at University College London will defy a student union motion which forces student groups to invite pro-abortion advocates to pro-life talks, The Catholic Herald reported on February 16.

Earlier in February, the university’s student union endorsed a motion which officially affiliated it with abortion rights and said that societies, such as the Catholic Society, must invite pro-abortion speakers to future pro-life discussions.

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Militant secularism has traits similar to totalitarianism says British minister

MANCHESTER (CNS): “A militant secularisation is taking hold of our societies,” said Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Britain’s first female Muslim peer and the first to serve in government.

“We see it in any number of things: when signs of religion cannot be displayed or worn in government buildings; when states won’t fund faith schools; and where religion is sidelined, marginalised and downgraded in the public sphere.” she said. 

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