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Financial crisis to hit the poor

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The global financial crisis has been caused in part by greed and is likely to have grave repercussions on the world's poor, two Vatican officials said...

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Bible synod focuses on three key areas

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Learning to pray with the Scriptures, improving homilies and ensuring an accurate interpretation of Bible passages were the major themes of formal presentations, open discussion and small-group work on October 7 and 8 at the world Synod of Bishops on the Bible...

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Focusing on the Word of God

The 12th general assembly of the Synod of Bishops, focusing on "The Word of God in the Life and the Mission of the Church", is being held at the Vatican until October 26. Rome bureau chief for Catholic News Service JOHN THAVIS reports.

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Diplomacy a key to world peace

WASHINGTON (CNS): A new report calling for stronger diplomatic relations between the United States and Muslims around the world is a step toward peace, said Auxiliary Bishop Denis J...

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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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