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Spirit of Assisi descends on Auschwitz

KRAKOW, Poland (Zenit.org): Religious representatives from all over the world went to the former concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau on September 8, as part of the closing events of an inter-religious meeting in "the spirit of Assisi".

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Vince’s unconditional love

It is a year since journalist SELINA VENIER wrote about Vince O'Rourke's inspiring story of love for his wife Margaret with whom he shared the struggle with Alzheimer's disease as her carer. Vince had written a book about their experience and it has touched many hearts. Selina caught up with him again recently

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Vatican highlights infant tragedy

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Efforts to reduce infant mortality around the world are showing positive results, but maternal death rates remain very high in many developing nations, according to a report by the Vatican news agency Fides.

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Call for WWII reconciliation

WARSAW, Poland (CNS): A German cardinal said his country will not achieve full reconciliation with neighbouring Poland until both nations recognise the grievances of millions of civilians who lost everything in deportations during and after World War II.

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Agencies reach out in the Congo

GOMA, Congo (Zenit.org): A representative of Aid to the Church in Need is affirming that the Congolese victims and perpetrators of violence need affirmation of their dignity and worth, not abortion and contraception.

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Kennedy did little to promote life

WASHINGTON (CNS): Catholic leaders from coast to coast in the United States praised the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy for his nearly 50 years of public service, but at least one expressed sorrow that his commitment to the less fortunate did not extend to the unborn.

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Nuncio fears more violence

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The blasphemy law in Pakistan, often used by Muslim extremists to foment violence, hangs like "the sword of Damocles" over Christians and members of other minority religions, a Vatican official said.

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Adult stem cell discovery

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Italian researchers have developed a method to repair a damaged heart using adult stem cells, and said it confirmed that the adult cells were more therapeutically useful than embryonic stem cells.

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