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Matteo Ricci’s spirit of respect and dialogue still relevant today says bishop

Taipei (UCAN): Father Matteo Ricci’s legacy lives on to this day, Bishop Claudio Giuliodori, from the great 16th century Jesuit missionary’s hometown of Macerata, Italy, said.

Father Ricci is one of the most important founding figures of the Church in China.

Bishop Giuliodori was speaking at a meeting with leaders of the Taiwanese Church at the curia of the Taipei archdiocese.

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Leaks from the Vatican a mystery and a challenge

VATICAN (SE): Embattled Vatican press officer, Father Federico Lombardi, admitted on February 14 that it takes a strong nerve to deal with what has become a series of leaked confidential information out of the Vatican.

He specifically denied that the rash of leaks pointed to conflict among members of the Roman Curia.

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Red hat honours your home community new cardinals told

 

HONG KONG (SE): Bishop John Tong Hon was elevated to the rank of cardinal on February 18, at a ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, together with 21 others from around the world.

He and Archbishop George Alencherry, the major archbishop of Ernakulam in Kerala, India, were the only two representatives from Asia.

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Invasion has decimated Iraq's Christian population

ROME (Agencies): Archbishop Timothy Broglio, of the military vicariate of the United States of America (US), called the collapse of the Christian population in Iraq a direct legacy of the US-led invasion of 2003.

Speaking in Rome on January 16, CNA reported him as saying, “Yes, you can say in a certain sense that the invasion of Iraq did provoke this tremendous diminution of the Christian population in that country. And what the future holds, that still remains to be seen.”

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Church leaders ask forgiveness for protecting abusers of children

ROME (CNS): Marc Cardinal Ouellet presided over a vigil at St. Ignatius’ church in Rome, as part of a symposium attended by representatives from 110 bishops’ conferences and 30 religious congregations from around the world on February 7, as part of an expression of contrition for the sexual abuse of children by priests, brothers and sisters, and other Church personnel, as well as the bishops and superiors who shielded them from justice.

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Vatican signs treaties against drug trade organised crime and terrorism

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Vatican signed three international treaties supporting the fight against the illegal drug trade, financing terrorism and organised crime on January 25. 

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Turning South Africa into security state

 

CAPE TOWN (CNS): A law passed in November by the parliament of South Africa to protect state secrets could turn the country into a security state, the archbishop of Cape Town maintains.

Archbishop Stephen Brislin says that the Protection of State Information Bill, which allows any government agency to apply for classification of information that is deemed as being valuable to the state, would criminalise the possession and distribution of so-called state secrets.

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Official approval given to Neocatechumate celebrations

VATICAN (SE): After a long period of controversy, discussion and negotiation, the Vatican has given formal approval to the special celebrations that characterise the Neocatechumenal Way.

At a January 20 meeting with over 7,000 members of the lay movement, Pope Benedict XVI strongly endorsed its apostolic outreach.

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L’Osservatore puts Standard and Poor’s under fire

 

VATICAN CITY (CWNews.com): The Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, ripped into the credit-rating agency, Standard and Poor’s, for its decision to downgrade the bonds of nine European countries in the first week of January.

The decision from Standard and Poor’s came at a time when credit markets were beginning to recover from earlier worries, the Vatican newspaper claims in an article entitled, Suspicious Timing.

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Vatican name appears on porn domain register

HONG KONG (SE): Porn on the Vatican Webiste? Well, maybe not, but there is a possibility that the day may come when you put the word Vatican into a search engine and instead of Church news on vatican.va, you may arrive at vatican.xxx and get a lot more, or less, than you bargained for.

The new .xxx generic top level domain name was approved by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers early in 2011 to act as an Adult Industry Domain Extension.

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