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Pope gives thanks on80th birthday

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Blending celebrations of his 80th birthday with the Jubilee for Priests, Pope John Paul II celebrated a Mass praising God for the gift of his priesthood and reached out to priests who have left the ministry...

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Agca instrument in divine plan

ROME (CNS): The Turkish gunman who tried to kill Pope John Paul has proclaimed himself an unwitting instrument" in a divine plan, after hearing of the third secret of Fatima which the Pope believes foretold the 1981 assassination attempt...

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Warning on priest shortage

MANCHESTER, England (CNS): Catholics will be starved of the sacraments without an influx of new priests, Belgium's most senior Catholic churchman warned...

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Northern Ireland needs peacemakers

WASHINGTON (CNS): As British and Irish government leaders work to revive the Good Friday peace agreement, ordinary people on both sides must continue to work for peace, said Archbishop Sean Brady of Armagh, Northern Ireland...

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Clinton, Bush at cardinal’s funeral

NEW YORK (CNS): New York's archbishop for 16 years, Cardinal John J. O'Connor, died on May 3, just over eight months after undergoing surgery for a brain tumour.

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Good News for Buddhists

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Writing to Buddhists on their principal religious feast, the Vatican's top interreligious official said believers other than Christians have something to receive from Christ's message...

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Service for 20th century martyrs

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Christian representatives from all over the world are expected to join Pope John Paul II in a prayer service today (Sunday) that will commemorate "new martyrs" of the 20th century, but without naming them...

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Cuban boy protest letter

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (CNS): A group of more than 40 south Florida Hispanic priests have signed a letter to US President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Janet Reno, critical of the government's handling of the seizure of Cuban tug-of-love boy, Elian Gonzalez...

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Land grab fears

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS): The crisis in Zimbabwe, where white-owned farms have been invaded by people demanding land, has raised concerns that a similar situation could arise in neighbouring South Africa...

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