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Pope to release letter to China at Easter

ROME (CNS): Pope Benedict XVI's letter to Chinese Catholics will be released at Easter and will encourage the faithful, clarify issues of doctrine and call for full religious freedom, said China's cardinal...

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Five to be declared saints

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope Benedict XVI will canonise a Brazilian Franciscan during his May trip to Brazil and will declare four other new saints in June...

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Pope takes time out for retreat

CONTINUING an 80-year-old papal tradition, Pope Benedict XVI this week cancelled regular audiences and cleared his calendar to make a weeklong Lenten retreat...

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Love of the cross stands for life

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Contemplating Christ nailed to the cross should stimulate people to protect human dignity and "to fight every form of contempt for life", Pope Benedict XVI says in his 2007 message for Lent...

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Cardinal defends priestly celibacy

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Two months after taking over as head of the Vatican's Congregation for Clergy, Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes has issued a strong and lengthy defence of priestly celibacy...

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Africa, Asia lead Church growth

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The latest Vatican statistics confirm that the Church's population and ministerial workforce are continuing to shift to developing countries, especially those in Africa and Asia...

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Pop star working for God

BOCA RATON, Florida (CNS): Fame brought drugs and the fast life for many pop stars decades ago, but for the singer known as Dion it also came with an emptiness and a voracious hunger for more...

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