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Call for Church Personnel Checks

MANCHESTER, England (CNS): A committee set up by the Catholic bishops of England and Wales to review child protection procedures has recommended police checks on all clergy, staff and volunteers within the Church...

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Chinese Confess

HONG KONG (CNS): The Sacrament of Reconciliation is so popular among Chinese Catholics, particularly in rural areas, that hundreds or even thousands are lining up for confessions on major Church feasts...

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Affluence a Threat to Japan

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II said Christianity offers ultimate answers to the people of Japan, where affluence and a consumerist mentality have been accompanied by a growing spiritual uneasiness...

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Milosevic’s Arrest a Sign of Hope

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The new head of Belgrade archdiocese in Yugoslavia, Archbishop Stanislav Hocevar, said the arrest of former President Slobodan Milosevic was a sign of hope for the future...

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Priests Urged to Promote Penance

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II has urged priests worldwide to help Christians rediscover the Sacrament of Penance and to start by frequenting it themselves...

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Greek Appeal

WARSAW, Poland (CNS): The head of Greece's Orthodox Church has appealed for Pope John Paul II to take "further steps" toward recognising Catholic Church "intransigence" before his planned May visit to the country...

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African Nuns Abused

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Vatican has acknowledged the problem of sexual abuse of nuns by priests in some missionary territories and said it was working with bishops and religious orders to correct it...

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Pope John’s Face Preserved

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Church officials who opened the casket of Pope John XXIII found his face well preserved nearly 38 years after his death, but the Vatican downplayed talk of a miracle...

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Pope Criticises German Church

COLOGNE, Germany (CNS): Pope John Paul II has written to German cardinals to express concern about erroneous developments in the Church, while praising many aspects of the cardinals' work...

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