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Faithful to the end

LONDON (CNS): Margaret Hassan, the aid worker kidnapped and killed in Iraq, remained a Catholic throughout her life and never converted to Islam as was widely reported, the Archdiocese of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, said in a statement...

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Call to abide by Church teachings

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II has told US bishops they need to remind lay Catholics of their duty to follow authoritative Church teachings, whether in private life or in social roles...

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AIDS crisis haunts PNG women

Young women and girls are among the fastest growing group contracting HIV/AIDS in Papua New Guinea, where the AIDS problem has reached crisis level.

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Relics returned

VATICAN CITY (CNS): After hundreds of years, Orthodox faithful again will be able to pray before the earthly remains of two of their greatest saints, theologians and patriarchs - Sts Gregory Nazianzen and John Chrysostom...

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Pope prays for Ukraine

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II has told Ukrainians he is praying for peace in their country, where tensions are running high following a bitterly disputed presidential election...

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Pope, Reagan were Cold War allies

WASHINGTON (CNS): Two top foreign policy officials in the administration of the late US President Ronald Reagan have said he and Pope John Paul II shared information about the Cold War but did not engage in co-ordinated actions to topple the Soviet bloc...

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Family undermined

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Those who undermine the fundamental role of the family cause "a deep wound to society" that is often impossible to repair, Pope John Paul II said...

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Papal tribute to Yasser Arafat

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II expressed his closeness to the family of Yasser Arafat and to the Palestinian people following the November 11 announcement of the Palestinian leader's death in a Paris military hospital...

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Inquisition probe

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is to participate in an inventory of archival material on the Inquisition to assist international research...

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