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Prison could be St Peter’s

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Tradition holds that St Peter was jailed in Rome's maximum security Mamertine Prison before he was crucified upside down and buried on the hill where St Peter's Basilica was later built.

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Bishops fear more violence

SUDAN (ACN News): The bishops of Sudan have issued an official statement warning that the country could return to widespread violence unless political leaders speed up preparation work ahead of a ref-erendum on the future of the south.

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Funding cuts putting AIDS patients at risk

VIENNA (CNS): Large reductions in funding for AIDS work around the world are putting at risk the lives of people who depend on faith-based organisations for care, treatment and support, warned Catholic activists and others participating in the XVIII International AIDS Conference.

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Jesuit calls for safeguards towards Christians

BIRMINGHAM, England (ACN News): The impact of extremism on Christians in the Middle East was laid bare in a speech by a leading Vatican expert on Islam who appealed for action to safeguard the Church's continued presence in a region where its survival is under threat.

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Church abuse procedures revised

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Vatican has revised its procedures for handling priestly sex abuse cases, streamlining disciplinary measures, extending the statute of limitations and defining child pornography as an act of sexual abuse of a minor.

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Fr Stan’s one out of the box

Franciscan Fr Stan Fortuna is internationally renowned for his rap music and inspirational speaking. Journalist SELINA VENIER spoke with during a break in his engagements at the recent Pray 2010 gathering in Brisbane

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Pope gives secret to vocation

SULMONA, Italy (Zenit.org): Pope Benedict XVI is telling youth the secret of recognising God's call, affirming that the trick is making the heart accustomed to recognising the Lord.

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