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Bacon Priest dies

ROME (CNS): Norbertine Father Werenfried van Straaten, founder of the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, died of natural causes on January 31 at the age of 90...

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Marriage crisis must be tackled

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II said the Church must combat a widespread "crisis of matrimony" by doing a better job of making Catholic couples appreciate the supernatural dimension of their marriages...

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Family witness

VATICAN CITY (CNS): In a message via satellite from the Vatican, Pope John Paul II told an international gathering of families in the Philippines that while marriage and family life may not always be easy they are crucial to witnessing Christ in the world...

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Positive steps achieved in bid for ecumenism

ROME (CNS): While headlines in the past year about relations among Christian Churches have focused on tensions, Pope John Paul II insisted positive steps have been made and that prayer for Christian unity must continue...

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Conscience and vote

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Catholics must not promote or vote for any laws that would lead to attacks on human life, says a new document from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith...

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Religion as a force for peace

ROME (CNS): When a religion's scriptures are used to promote violence, leaders of that faith must react publicly and forcefully to defend the call to peace and justice, said participants at a Vatican conference...

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US must pray for healing

ROME (CNS): Catholics in the United States must work and pray for a healing of the Church "so that we may once again evangelise, not apologise", said US Archbishop John P. Foley.

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