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Bid to halt Arab suicide bombings

JERUSALEM (ICN): A delegation of Christian clerics led by Jerusalem Patriarch Michel Sabbah made a rare visit last Saturday to the spiritual leader of the militant Hamas movement, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, in a bid to stop suicide bombings against Israeli targets...

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Liturgy chief answers critics

THE retiring chairman of the Episcopal Board of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), Bishop Maurice Taylor of Galloway, Ireland, has responded to top-level Church critics of the commission...

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Mexicans rejoice at canonisation

MEXICO CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II has canonised Juan Diego, the Mexican peasant whose visions of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the 1500s fueled conversions among the native peoples of the New World...

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Monks stumble on mass grave

MOSCOW (CNS): In a ghoulish reminder of Western Ukraine's bloody recent history, Catholic monks have stumbled across a mass grave containing the remains of 226 people murdered in the chaotic years immediately after World War II...

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Pope’s challenge to world youth

TORONTO (CNS): He listened to their songs, joined in their prayers and applauded their spirit, and then Pope John Paul left 500,000 World Youth Day participants with a challenge: to lead the world away from hostility and toward a 'civilisation of love'...

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Papal farewell

TORONTO (CNS): Pope John Paul II left Toronto without fanfare and huge crowds to send him off, but he demonstrated the same strength he had shown throughout World Youth Day by walking up 19 steps to the aircraft taking him to Guatemala City...

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Pope condemns grave vandals

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II condemned the desecration of graves in Rome's Jewish cemetery and an 'analogous series of events occurring with worrying frequency' around Europe...

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Faith and beauty

PORTLAND, Oregon (CNS): The new America's Junior Miss is a member of St Edward Catholic parish in Keizer who sings with enthusiasm at liturgies and takes sandwiches to homeless people living under Salem bridges...

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Blasphemy trial lawyer’s fears

WASHINGTON (CNS): A lawyer for the Pakistani bishops' conference who has challenged the country's controversial blasphemy laws has had his life threatened, an archbishop said...

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