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Israel’s security raises concerns

WASHINGTON (CNS): While Israel has a right to protect its citizens, the security barrier separating Israel from the Palestinian territories and checkpoints along the barrier raise human rights concerns, a United States cardinal said.

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Africa has much to offer

NEW YORK (Zenit.org): The Holy See is appealing to the United Nations to continue economic aid to Africa, a continent that is impoverished yet has much to contribute to the international scene.

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Crusading for the Church he loves

Cardinal John Foley, an influential figure at the Vatican, was in Brisbane recently to attend celebrations of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. PAUL DOBBYN reports

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Europe needs Christian values: Pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS): If European unity is based only on geography and economics, it cannot succeed in promoting the common good of all Europe's citizens and in helping the rest of the world, Pope Benedict XVI said.

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Call for justice in health care

ROME (CNS): A conference on creating partnerships between government and faith-based organisations to fight HIV and AIDS, particularly among children, turned into something of a rally for a more just global distribution of wealth, health and technology.

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Synod puts hope in youth

VATICAN CITY (Zenit.org): The main treasure of Africa is its young people, but they need protection from those who would force them into lives as child soldiers or prostitutes, the bishops of that continent have said.

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Don’t exclude Church, Pope urges

VATICAN CITY (Zenit.org): Pope Benedict XVI is urging the European bishops to refrain from excluding the Church from social and cultural life, even while upholding its just distinction from the state.

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Nuclear-free zone urged

VATICAN CITY (CNS): A Vatican official called for the establishment of a "nuclear-free zone" in the Middle East and urged all countries to work toward the total elimination of their nuclear arsenals.

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Pope urges opposition to materialism

Bishops, priests and laity from each of the 53 African nations are among those attending a special Synod of Bishops for Africa. CINDY WOODEN, of Catholic News Service, reports from Rome on the opening of the syno

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