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Russian religious education hailed

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Even though the Catholic faith is not included in the project, the Moscow-based Catholic archbishop hailed the Russian Government's plan to reintroduce religious education in public schools.

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Call for end to violence in Congo

KINSHASA, Congo (Zenit.org): The archbishop of Kinshasa and the secretary-general of the World Council of Churches are reiterating a call to end the cycle of violence that has resulted in thousands of rape victims in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Public funds must support life: Pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Especially at a time of financial crisis, when life-giving initiatives are hurting for money, it appears strange for a government to expand public funding for abortion, the head of the Pontifical Academy for Life said.

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Bomb shatters peace effort

BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNS): Chaldean Auxiliary Bishop Shlemon Warduni of Baghdad, Iraq, had just finished celebrating Mass at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church and was talking to parishioners in the courtyard.

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Conditions improve for Russian Catholics

WARSAW, Poland (CNS): The secretary-general of the Russian bishops' conference said the Catholic Church's working conditions in Russia had improved, and he was hopeful that would lead to the development of higher-level diplomatic relations.

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Paul VI’s text recalls moon landing

To mark the 40th anniversary of the first manned mission to land on the moon, Vatican Radio published a collection of Pope Paul VI's talks about the mission. CINDY WOODEN reports for Catholic News Service in Rome.

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PM visits Pope Benedict

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Group of Eight summit in L'Aquila, Italy, offered some world leaders the opportunity to squeeze in a visit to meet with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican.

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Encyclical calls for sharing of earth’s resources

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope Benedict XVI dedicated a portion of his new social encyclical, "Caritas in Veritate" ("Charity in Truth"), to the urgent duty to share the earth's resources equitably and safeguard the environment for future generations.

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Moral values part of economic recovery: Pope

The idea raised by Pope Benedict XVI in his latest encyclical of world powers, in co-operation with poorer countries, monitoring the health of global economies for the good of all could be one that's taking hold. Catholic News Service Rome correspondent CINDY WOODEN reports.

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