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Religious orders in ‘crisis’

VATICAN CITY (CNS): A top Vatican official said religious orders are in a "crisis" caused in part by the adoption of a secularist mentality and the abandonment of traditional practices.

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Pontiff calls for justice

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Conversion to Christ gives people the strength to break the bonds of selfishness and work for justice in the world, Pope Benedict XVI said in his message for Lent 2010.

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Rebuilding Haiti expected to take years

WASHINGTON (CNS): Replacing and repairing the infrastructure of the church in Haiti will take years, according to Archbishop Jose Gomez of San Antonio, head of the US bishops' Subcommittee for the Church in Latin America.

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Save marriages, avoid annulments

VATICAN CITY (CNS): True pastoral charity and concern can never lead the church to grant an annulment to a Catholic whose marriage is valid according to church law, Pope Benedict XVI said.

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Pope honours Holocaust victims

ROME (CNS): Laying a wreath at a memorial to Roman Jews rounded up by the Nazis in 1943 and joining in a standing ovation to a dwindling group of Holocaust survivors, Pope Benedict XVI broke the ice with Rome's Jewish community even before he began to speak.

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Morals offer solutions: Pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Christian moral values do not infringe upon freedom and scientific research; rather they offer honest, concrete answers to biomedical questions facing the world today, Pope Benedict XVI said.

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Vinnies’ precious memories preserved

The reason behind the return of an artificial limb to the St Vincent de Paul Society makes up one of the interesting tales unearthed with the establishment of the society's state archives, library and a new exhibition. Journalist PAUL DOBBYN takes a look

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Pope prays for quake victims

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope Benedict XVI prayed for victims of a massive earthquake in Haiti as soon as he heard of the January 13 disaster and urged the international community to provide generous assistance to the stricken population of the Caribbean nation.

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Pope urges all to be stewards of the Earth

Climate change and our response to it were central to Pope Benedict XVI's 2010 World Day of Peace message on January 1. Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president ARCHBISHOP PHILIP WILSON comments on the document

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