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Pope makes rights appeal

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope Benedict XVI urged governments and international organisations to give special attention to the rights of child immigrants, who often are victims of exploitation and abandonment.

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Addressing the issue of abuse

Church leaders have spoken out in support of the Australian Government's recent landmark apology to Australians who have experienced abuse in children's homes and institutions. In the wake of the apology journalist PAUL DOBBYN spoke to several Church figures with close involvement in dealing with such issues

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Leaders pledge to move forward

VATICAN CITY (CNS): While some pundits have sounded the death knell for ecumenical relations between the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion, Pope Benedict XVI and Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury, the Anglican spiritual leader, pledged to move forward.

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‘Unimaginable suffering’ in Congo

DAMBA, Angola ( Angolans are being driven from their homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo without a chance to gather possessions or food, a Catholic aid agency said.

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Pope decries the cruelty of poverty

ROME (CNS): Opulence and waste are unacceptable especially when hunger - the cruelest form of poverty - continues to rise, Pope Benedict XVI told world leaders at a summit on food securi

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Bishops praise health bill

WASHINGTON (CNS): United States Catholic bishops' pres-ident Cardinal Francis George of Chicago praised the US House for approving a reform bill that provides "adequate and affordable health care to all" and "voting overwhelmingly" for a prohibition on using federal money to pay for most abortions.

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Building bridges towards unity

Bureau chief of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity Monsignor Juan Usma Gomez knows Pentecostal Christians better than most other Catholics do. He spoke with journalist PAUL DOBBYN about some of his insights

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