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Vatican highlights infant tragedy

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Efforts to reduce infant mortality around the world are showing positive results, but maternal death rates remain very high in many developing nations, according to a report by the Vatican news agency Fides.

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Call for WWII reconciliation

WARSAW, Poland (CNS): A German cardinal said his country will not achieve full reconciliation with neighbouring Poland until both nations recognise the grievances of millions of civilians who lost everything in deportations during and after World War II.

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Agencies reach out in the Congo

GOMA, Congo (Zenit.org): A representative of Aid to the Church in Need is affirming that the Congolese victims and perpetrators of violence need affirmation of their dignity and worth, not abortion and contraception.

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Kennedy did little to promote life

WASHINGTON (CNS): Catholic leaders from coast to coast in the United States praised the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy for his nearly 50 years of public service, but at least one expressed sorrow that his commitment to the less fortunate did not extend to the unborn.

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Nuncio fears more violence

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The blasphemy law in Pakistan, often used by Muslim extremists to foment violence, hangs like "the sword of Damocles" over Christians and members of other minority religions, a Vatican official said.

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Adult stem cell discovery

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Italian researchers have developed a method to repair a damaged heart using adult stem cells, and said it confirmed that the adult cells were more therapeutically useful than embryonic stem cells.

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Women religious inquiry begins

VATICAN CITY (CNS): A leading Vatican official has called for greater protection of Iraq's beleaguered Christian minority, saying the disappearance of Christianity from the country would be an enormous religious and cultural loss for everyone.

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