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Vatican search for common discourse

VATICAN (SE): The Vatican published a new document on March 8 entitled, Theology Today: Perspectives, principles and criteria.

Prepared by the International Theological Commission, it was released in English and is an effort to provide a common discourse in order to communicate the message of Christ more clearly.

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The legacy of Archbishop Oscar Romero lives on

HONG KONG (SE): On 23 February 1977, the bespectacled former seminary professor, Bishop Oscar Romero, became the archbishop of San Salvador, the capital city of El Salvador.

His appointment delighted the conservative hierarchy and the business community as much as it disappointed the priests involved in the social struggle of the poor.

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Copt pope mourned worldwide

 

CAIRO (SE): Three people died in St. Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt, when the crowd stampeded in the overcrowded church while mourning the death of Pope Shenouda III, the leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church, who died at the age of 88 on March 17.

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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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