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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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Condemnation over bombings

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Recent deadly bombings in Iraq and the Holy Land have drawn sharp condemnation from Pope John Paul II and other Church officials, who urged fresh steps to end violence against civilians and humanitarian workers...

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Freedom from extremists

PASAY, Philippines (CNS): Organisers of a gathering of Asian religious leaders said they envision a region free of religious extremism...

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Sisters say sorry

WASHINGTON (CNS): The US branch of the Sisters of Mercy has issued an apology for how some members of their order in Ireland treated young women and girls entrusted to them in what were called "Magdalene laundries"...

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Gay resolutions test relations

WASHINGTON (CNS): An ecumenical spokesman for the US Catholic bishops said on August 11 that the US Episcopal Church's recent decisions to confirm an openly gay bishop and recognise that some Episcopal communities bless same-sex unions present "new ecumenical challenges" to Catholic-Anglican relations...

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Christians, Muslims condemn bombing

JAKARTA (CNS): Christian and Muslim leaders in Indonesia have condemned the bomb attack that killed at least 13 people and injured about 150 others outside a Jakarta hotel on August 5...

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Vatican cautious about GM food

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Vatican is interested in any development that can help alleviate poverty and starvation, but it is not ready to give an unqualified yes to genetically modified food, said the head of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace...

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