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Concern Over Holy Land

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II has asked Catholic leaders from the Holy Land to come to the Vatican on December 13 to discuss the Church's pastoral work in a region marked by conflict and tension...

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Scrolls in Print

NEW YORK (CNS): A project to publish the Dead Sea Scrolls is nearing completion, with the final, 37th volume based on the scrolls scheduled to be released before the end of the year, according to the project's editor- in-chief...

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Human Cloning Success Attacked

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Vatican has condemned the first successful cloning of human embryos by US scientists, rejecting claims that the research produced simple cells and not human individuals...

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Call to Re-open Romero Case

WASHINGTON (CNS): A Salvadoran Church official has asked the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to pressure the Salvadoran Government to investigate seriously the 1980 murder of Archbishop Oscar A...

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Pope Calls for Anti-Terror Fast

VATICAN CITY (CNS): In response to the growing threat of global terrorism and other conflicts, Pope John Paul II has called for a Church-wide day of fasting in December and a prayer gathering of Christian and non-Christian leaders in January...

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Plea to Protect Afghani Civilians

ROME (CNS): As the US-led bombing of Afghanistan stretched into its second month, some religious leaders and organisations questioned the efficacy of the military campaign while reminding world leaders of the need to provide aid for civilians affected by the war...

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Blessing for New York Fire-fighters

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II blessed a group of New York City fire-fighters and accepted the white helmet of one of their chaplains killed in the rescue effort at the World Trade Centre...

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Fatima Nun’s Book Printed

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Vatican has published a book by Carmelite Sister Lucia dos Santos, the last surviving Fatima visionary, offering her meditations on the appeals contained in the Fatima message...

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Pope-Arafat Peace Plea

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Vatican has appealed for greater international solidarity and political will to deal with "the seemingly unending violence" in Israel and the Palestinian territories...

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