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Human rights at heart of peace

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Even when faced with a potential terrorist attack or in the midst of war, basic human rights must be respected, Pope Benedict XVI said in his message for World Peace Day 2007...

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South African crime fight

CAPE TOWN (CNS): South Africa's religious leaders must focus on crime because "not enough is being done or seen to be done" by the government and police, said Cardinal Wilfrid F. Napier of Durban.

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Boost for Orthodox relations

VATICAN CITY (CNS): After centuries of allowing themselves to grow apart, Roman Catholics and Greek Orthodox must seek forgiveness and learn to work together for the good of the world, said Pope Benedict XVI and Orthodox Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and all Greece...

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Pope meets Israeli Prime Minister

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Meeting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Pope Benedict XVI raised questions regarding the situation of the dwindling Catholic population in the Holy Land, including in Bethlehem, the Vatican said...

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Diggings reveal tomb of St Paul

VATICAN CITY (CNS): After years of archaeological work, Vatican officials announced they have identified the tomb of St Paul beneath the Rome basilica dedicated to the apostle...

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Turkey visit ‘unforgettable’

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope Benedict XVI called his visit to Turkey an unforgettable experience and said he hoped it would lead to improved relations between Christians and Muslims...

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Rome saddened by unauthorised ordination of bishop

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope Benedict XVI was deeply saddened by the November 30 ordination of a Chinese bishop without Vatican approval, an act that can further fracture the Catholic community in mainland China, a statement from the Vatican said...

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Vow to continue dialogue

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The "journey of friendship" between Roman Catholics and Anglicans will continue even though the path toward full unity seems to be blocked, said Pope Benedict XVI and Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury...

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