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Hard road ahead for US charities

WASHINGTON (CNS): Officials at Catholic aid agencies said it is too early to tell how the shaky economy will affect their donations and investments and noted they are cautiously preparing for the future...

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Hurricane unearthed poverty

NEW ORLEANS (CNS): It took the worst natural and man-made disaster in American history - Hurricane Katrina and the levee breaches that inundated New Orleans with water in 2005 - to expose previously hidden levels of poverty in the richest country in the world, a Catholic bishop said September 25...

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New religious studies guidelines released

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education released new norms for institutes teaching religious studies in an effort to guarantee the consistent quality of instruction and ease the recognition of degrees coming from the world's different ecclesial establishments...

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Rebuilding a troubled country

Caritas Australia's chief executive officer Jack de Groot has just returned from Burma after seeing the devastation to the country and its people first hand. PAUL DOBBYN spoke to him about the experience.

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Pope urges prayer at Lourdes

LOURDES, France (CNS): Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass for 150,000 international pilgrims at the Marian sanctuaries of Lourdes and told them that humble prayer to Mary was a true path to Christ...

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Mass must be motivated by love: Cardinal

ROME (CNS): Rather than being grateful, some people have reacted to Pope Benedict XVI's wider permission for the celebration of the Tridentine Mass with further demands, Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos said...

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Politics about service not power: Pope

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS): The Catholic Church in Nicaragua must educate the country's Catholic majority to recognise that politics is not about power, but about serving the common good, Pope Benedict XVI said...

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Medjugorje priest cautioned

LONDON (CNS): The Vatican has authorised "severe cautionary and disciplinary measures" against a priest who served as spiritual director to the visionaries in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina...

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Caring from ‘womb to tomb’

Changes in modern family lifestyles and rapid population growth in south-east Queensland has opened up fresh fields for the Church's pastoral outreach...

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