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De Facto Relationships Under Fire

VATICAN CITY (CNS): In a detailed document on cohabitation, the Vatican said the unique legal status of marriage and the family must be defended as indispensable goods for society...

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Bid to Heal Ecumenical Relations

WASHINGTON (CNS): The Australian-born head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Edward Cassidy, has admitted that a recent Vatican document "has had a very negative impact" on ecumenical relations around the world, but expressed confidence that the harm can be repaired...

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Christmas Put on Hold

BETHLEHEM (CNS): Christmas celebration plans in Bethlehem are being put on hold as the wave of violence continues...

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Hope for Miracle

ROME (CNS): Italian Capuchin priests have submitted documents to the Vatican detailing the healing of an eight year-old boy which they hope will be the miracle accepted for the canonisation of Blessed Padre Pio...

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Papal Warning on Land Abuse

VATICAN CITY (CNS): In a Jubilee celebration with tens of thousands of farmers, Pope John Paul II warned that ecological and economic abuse in agriculture was keeping millions of people in poverty and threatening the earth itself...

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Cardinal Calls for President to Quit

MANILA, Philippines (CNS): More than 70,000 people gathered to pray to Mary for peace in the Philippines and for the resignation of the country's President Joseph Estrada amid allegations of corruption...

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Civil Laws Must Match God’s Law

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II said political leaders must conform civil laws and policies to God's objective moral law and to principles of solidarity and justice...

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Rome Asked to Open War Files

ROME (CNS): A commission of three Catholic and three Jewish scholars has decided that published Vatican material on World War II leaves unanswered many important questions about Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust...

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Mid-East Peace Plea

ROME (CNS): Pope John Paul II appealed for a return to negotiations in the Middle East, saying that mutual trust and respect for international law were needed to breathe new life into the peace process...

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