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Synod members promote evangelisation

Now that the world Synod of Bishops on new evangelisation is over, Pope Benedict XVI will release an apostolic exhortation to guide the implementation of the fruits of the three-week event. CINDY WOODEN, of Catholic News Service, reports from Rome on some of what the synod has recommended to the Pope

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All are called to proclaim Jesus

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The challenges of being human and of living in a world that does not always want to hear about faith do not lessen the obligation to proclaim the Gospel and to call the baptised to live their faith more fully, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington said.

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Council recalled with praise, criticism

VATICAN CITY (CNS): On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano published a short reminiscence of the council by Pope Benedict XVI.

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Vatican II not ‘optional’

WASHINGTON (CNS): The teachings of the Second Vatican Council are neither optional nor second-class, but must be seen in the proper context, the former prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said on September 26 as he opened a conference at The Catholic University of America in Washington.

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Abbots ask what attracts vocations

ROME (CNS): Cistercian Father Michael Casey, an expert on monastic spirituality from Tarrawarra Abbey in Australia, was one of the main speakers at a gathering of Benedictine abbots from around the world.

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Holy See laments US deaths

VATICAN CITY (CNS): In the wake of the deaths of a United States ambassador and three staff members in Libya and the unrest triggered by a US-made amateur film hostile to Islam, the Holy See decried disrespect toward all religions and deplored all violence as unacceptable.

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Pope inspires Middle Eastern Christians

Pope Benedict XVI visited Lebanon last weekend to deliver an apostolic exhortation resulting from the 2010 special Synod of Bishops on Christians in the Middle East. FRANCIS X. ROCCA reports from Beirut for Catholic News Service

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