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Iraqis hold own WYD

BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNS): When Iraqi youths were not granted visas for World Youth Day in Australia, Iraq's Chaldean Catholic bishops decided they would bring World Youth Day to Iraq...

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Pope urges environmental renewal

VATICAN CITY (CNS): With violence, poverty, discrimination and environmental degradation putting the future of humanity at risk, people are seeking freedom, redemption and a better world, Pope Benedict XVI said...

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Gathered in prayer to await Jesus

One commentator described Pope Benedict XVI's homily at the World Youth Day Saturday-night vigil as "one of the most beautiful texts of his pontificate". ZENIT reports.

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Ordinations an ‘obstacle’

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Vatican has expressed its disappointment with a July 7 decision by the Church of England, the mother church of the Anglican Communion, to move ahead with plans to allow the ordination of women bishops...

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Guatemalan bishops plead for justice

GUATEMALA CITY (Zenit.org): The bishops of Guatemala have pleaded for better treatment for migrants from their country, just as the European Union was hoping to finalise its new policy on immigrants.

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Nigerian priests on a mission

Nigerian priests Frs Francis Onwunali and Gabriel Kalu were featured on the People page on November 7 last year soon after they arrived in Brisbane archdiocese. PAUL DOBBYN catches up with them to see how they have settled in.

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Laity ‘called and sent’

ROME (Zenit.org): There are great needs in the Church and in society, which laypersons in collaboration with their pastors, can satisfy, the director of a centre in Rome said.

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Blessed Damien closer to sainthood

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope Benedict XVI has authorised publication of a decree recognising a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Damien de Veuster of Molokai, clearing the way for his canonisation...

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