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First for women

VATICAN CITY (CNS): For the first time, Pope John Paul II has named women to the Vatican's International Theological Commission...

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Bishop should be ‘father of all’

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The modern bishop should be a firm defender of Catholic doctrine, an active promoter of human rights, a "father of all" to his faithful and a model of personal holiness, a new Vatican document says...

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Child sex abuse figures released

WASHINGTON (CNS): About 4 per cent of US priests ministering from 1950 to 2002 were accused of sex abuse with a minor, according to the first comprehensive national study of the issue...

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Respect symbols

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Any attempt to erase the visible signs of one's religious belief goes against the concept of freedom of religion, Pope John Paul II told French bishops...

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Talking over divisions

MOSCOW (CNS): Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexei II met with the Vatican's top ecumenist and discussed several divisive issues, including the status and activity of the Ukrainian Catholic Church...

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Vatican report on sex abuse

VATICAN CITY (CNS): In confronting the clerical sex abuse crisis, the Catholic Church needs to work more closely with scientific experts to identify potential perpetrators and make sure they cannot harm the young, a soon-to-be-published Vatican report says...

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Apartheid fighter

CAPE TOWN (CNS): Retired Archbishop Denis Hurley of Durban, South Africa, who was an outspoken opponent of apartheid, died on February 13, aged 88...

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Human cloning dangerous step

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The first successful cloning of human embryos to provide stem cells marks a dangerous step toward the unregulated commercialisation of human life, said a leading Vatican official...

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