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Vatican has science friends

VATICAN CITY (CNS): A recent visit by a Vatican delegation to CERN - one of the world's largest centres for scientific research - has opened up an important channel of communication between science and faith, the Vatican representative to United Nations agencies in Geneva said.

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Newspaper sides with US Bishops on Obama

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Vatican newspaper has again emphasised that when it comes to the President Barack Obama administration and pro-life issues, the Vatican and the United States bishops are in full agreement and that no compromise is possible on the right to life.

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Sri Lanka in crisis

SRI LANKA (ACN News): CATHOLIC charity Aid to the Church in Need is providing emergency aid to Sri Lanka after an urgent appeal for help from a bishop acting on behalf of people desperate for clean water, food and clothing.

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Fight spiritual pollution: Pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Just as the human body is threatened by breathing polluted air, the human soul is threatened by images and ideas that glorify violence or the exploitation of others, Pope Benedict XVI said.

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Speaking out on Sri Lankan horrors

As Sri Lanka struggles to recover after the end of fighting between Government and rebel Tamil fighters, hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians are being kept in refugee camps in the north of the country. Journalist PAUL DOBBYN attended a presentation in Brisbane by Dominican Father Pan Jordan and Dr Brian Senewiratne to learn more about the situation.

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Laity must build Church: Pope

ROME (CNS): Laypeople are called not simply to help their priests run their parishes, but to share fully in the responsibility of building up the Church, Pope Benedict XVI told delegates to the annual convention of the Diocese of Rome.

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Chinese reconciliation encouraged

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope Benedict XVI knows the full structural unity of Catholic communities in China will take time, but the spiritual reconciliation of Chinese Catholics "can and must take place now", a new Vatican document said.

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Battling the death penalty

Brisbane Catholics Lee and Christine Rush, through their campaign to save their son Scott from the death penalty, are changing attitudes to capital punishment. PAUL DOBBYN reports

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Obama calls for abortion dialogue

NOTRE DAME, Indiana (CNS): President Barack Obama took on the controversy swirling around his commencement address on May 17 at the University of Notre Dame, urging those bitterly divided over abortion and other issues to adopt an approach of mutual respect and dialogue.

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