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Pope laments Irish abuse

VATICAN CITY (CNS): In a letter to Irish Catholics, Pope Benedict XVI personally apologised to victims of priestly sexual abuse and announced new steps to heal the wounds of the scandal, including a Vatican investigation and a year of penitential reparation.

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All Catholics called to offer themselves with Christ at Mass

The preacher of the Pontifical Household Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa in a recent Lenten homily at the Vatican continued his focus on the Year for Priests. ZENIT reports that he tried to deepen the realisation of the self-giving of Christ and of each of the faithful in the Eucharist

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Medjugorje commission announced

VATICAN CITY (CNS): At the request of the bishops of Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Vatican has established an international commission to study the alleged Marian apparitions at Medjugorje, a small Bosnian town.

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Priestly celibacy defended

VATICAN CITY (CNS): As the Year for Priests moves into its final phase, a chorus of Vatican officials and experts has defended priestly celibacy and rejected the idea that celibacy has anything to do with sexual abuse by priests.

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Anglicans welcomed

KINGSTON, Ontario (CNS): Groups of Anglicans entering into communion with the Catholic Church will not be absorbed the way "a teaspoon of sugar would be lost in a gallon of coffee", Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith prefect Cardinal William Levada said.

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Uncovering the truth

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The religious orders and bishops' conferences dealing with cases of clerical sexual abuse of children in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands are acting quickly, decisively and with transparency to uncover the truth and assist the victims, the Vatican spokesman said.

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Grateful for St Pio’s assistance

St Padre Pio, the Italian saint who died on September 23, 1968, has inspired many around the world and drawn them to prayer, including one group of devoted followers at Wynnum on Brisbane's bayside. Journalist PAUL DOBBYN has witnessed their fervour

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