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Study reveals role of women deacons

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The International Theological Commission has concluded that women deacons in the early Church performed a role that was different from that of the ordained male diaconate...

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Opus Dei founder canonised

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Before one of the largest and most orderly pilgrim crowds in Vatican history, Pope John Paul II canonised Msgr Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer on October 6 and called the Opus Dei founder’s message of sanctifying ordinary life valid for all believers...

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Police inquire into transfer of priest

MANCHESTER, England (CNS): England's most senior churchman, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor of Westminster, said he would co-operate fully with a police inquiry into his role in transferring a priest later convicted of sexually abusing children...

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Rosary for peace call

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS): Pope John Paul II has appealed for a global rediscovery of the Rosary as the ideal prayer for invoking world peace...

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Shroud restoration

TURIN, Italy (CNS): Trapped particles of dirt and scorched fabric had darkened parts of the Shroud of Turin and eventually could have made it difficult to see the shroud's image of a crucified man, said Cardinal Severino Poletto of Turin...

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Israel accused of apartheid

VATICAN CITY (CNS): A leading delegation of Catholic charity officials said it was appalled by what it called the 'Israeli high-tech version of apartheid' in Palestinian territories...

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Americans recall 9/11

NEW YORK (CNS): In Catholic churches across the United States, Americans gathered to remember the first anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington...

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Bishops told to toe the line

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS): Stressing the importance of Church unity, Pope John Paul II urged bishops to take seriously and implement Vatican and papal documents...

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Terror linked to injustice

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS): Pope John Paul II has urged the international community to address the 'underlying causes' of terrorism, saying inequalities and injustice can lead desperate people to turn to violence...

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