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Bishops facing new challenges

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS): Pope John Paul II warned newly ordained bishops that their ministry would be particularly challenging and draining in today's world, and he urged them to boldly proclaim the Gospel and look out for their priests...

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Shared blame

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Catholic Church, in a series of recent studies and pronouncements, has recognised that Christians shared in responsibility for anti-Semitism and the attitudes that led to the Holocaust, a leading Vatican official said...

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Let faith shine in Slovakia

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (CNS): On a trip that taxed his fading physical powers, Pope John Paul II crisscrossed Slovakia to celebrate liturgies, beatify two 20th century martyrs and offer people inside and outside the Church a message of hope...

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Crumbling peace in 9/11 aftermath

VATICAN CITY (CNS): When the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York fell after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, many people's hopes for a future of peace also fell, Pope John Paul II said...

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Top Anglican visitor

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury, the spiritual leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion, will have his first meeting with Pope John Paul II early next month at the Vatican...

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New light on Galileo

ROME (CNS): The Catholic Church erred when it pressured Galileo Galilei to repudiate his finding that the Earth revolves around the Sun, but it did not persecute or torture the 17th century astronomer, a Vatican official said...

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Israeli wall no help to peace

JERUSALEM (CNS): The Israeli-built wall separating Israel and the Palestinian Territories "constitutes a grave obstacle" to peace in the Middle East, said the heads of Christian Churches in Jerusalem...

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