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Reaching out to mums in need

Brisbane archdiocese, in an effort to support women facing difficulties because of pregnancy - difficulties that may have some considering an abortion - is establishing an outreach powered mainly by volunteers from the parishes. Journalist SELINA VENIER attended the first training day for volunteers.

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Pope’s Israel visit hopeful: Rabbi

ROME (CNS): Poland's chief rabbi said he hopes Pope Benedict XVI's trip to Israel will be an opportunity for the Pope to demonstrate to the world his deep knowledge of and respect for Judaism...

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Lulu speaks out against Congo horrors

Lulu Mitshabu is determined to tell as many people as possible about "a war on women" in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Reporter ROBIN WILLIAMS was at a 2009 International Women's Breakfast in Brisbane when Ms Mitshabu spoke about the horror story.

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Poor to feel crisis most

The global financial crisis is likely to dramatically impact the world's poor in coming months, depriving children of essential services in education and health care, a Vatican official said...

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Displaced Georgians resentful: Cardinal

BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNS): Georgians displaced by the August conflict with Russia feel some resentment against the Georgian Government and are challenged by trying to find jobs in their new provinces, a United States cardinal who visited them said...

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Pope rebukes Pelosi

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope Benedict XVI met privately with United States House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi and told her that all Catholics, especially those who are lawmakers, must work to protect human life at every stage...

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Jewish relations on the mend

The rift in Vatican-Jewish relations that followed the Vatican's move to lift the ex-communication of a Holocaust-denying bishop may be coming to an end, according to the World Jewish Congress...

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