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Cardinal Kasper resigns

After more than 10 years as the point man for the Church's efforts to promote Christian unity, Cardinal Walter Kasper on June 25 announced his resignation as president of the pontifical council dedicated to that cause. 

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New pontifical council

Pope Benedict XVI announced he is establishing a pontifical council for new evangelisation to find ways "to re-propose the perennial truth of the Gospel" in regions where secularism is smothering church practice. 

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Pope urges respect for refugees

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope Benedict XVI appealed for fair treatment of the world's refugees, saying they deserve to be welcomed with respect for their rights and human dignity.

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Lifting blockade the solution

JERUSALEM (CNS): Only a total lifting of the Israeli-imposed blockade on the Gaza Strip will significantly improve the situation for Gazans, the Jerusalem regional director of the Pontifical Mission of Palestine said after a two-day visit to the beleaguered region.

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Giving aid in India is tough

PATNA, India (ACN News): An archbishop in northern India has praised the Government for not bowing to pressure to curb Christian outreach to a huge underclass community urgently in need of basic education and health care.

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Priest’s life shows ‘beauty’ of celibacy

VATICAN CITY ( There is a beautiful aspect of celibacy that underlines a priest's dedication to serve each and every person as a brother or sister in Christ, says Pope Benedict XVI's secretary of state Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

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