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Erosion of the family

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Widespread acceptance of artificial birth control, divorce and legal recognition of same-sex unions have eroded individual and societal commitments to supporting traditional families, said speakers during a Vatican video conference...

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Dalai Lama visits

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II held talks with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, in a meeting that was downplayed by the Vatican for fear of political reaction by China...

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Freedom laced with fear

Reintegrating into society after a jail term is full of new challenges, often with little support. Reporter PETER BUGDEN traces what awaits one such prisoner who will be released in time for Christmas.

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Welcome refugees

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II, Vatican officials and those who assist migrants and refugees have urged all Catholics to overcome fear and selfishness and to see that in welcoming newcomers they put their faith into action...

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Kennedy memorial

WASHINGTON (CNS): Four decades ago, royalty, heads of state and important government officials filled the Cathedral of St Matthew the Apostle in Washington for the funeral Mass of President John F...

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GM questions

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Vatican is a "student" in the debate about genetically modified foods and will continue to study the issue for some time before making any moral pronouncements on the technology, said Cardinal Renato Martino...

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Wall will not stop violence

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II has criticised Israel's building of a wall to keep out Palestinians, and has called for a global movement against terrorism following deadly attacks in Iraq and Turkey...

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Vatican forum on GM food

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The head of the Vatican's justice and peace council opened a controversial seminar on genetically modified food last week acknowledging sharp differences of opinion and serious vested interests in promoting or excluding their use...

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Breaking the ice

VATICAN CITY (CNS): With the simple gesture of reverence for a Russian icon, Pope John Paul II and Russian President Vladimir Putin underscored their commitment to improving relations between the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches...

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