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Bush invited to talk peace

ROME (CNS): US President George W. Bush has been invited to visit the Sant'Egidio Community, a Catholic lay community known for leading high-profile peace negotiations as well as being active in the fight against the death penalty and HIV/AIDS.

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New Maltese saint a visionary

OTTAWA (CNS): Tony Vella, the great-nephew of Fr George Preca, said he hopes the charismatic Maltese priest's life and virtues will be remembered long after his June 3 canonisation...

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Spreading the work of a genius

Italian author Professor Querciolo Mazzonis, an enthusiastic scholar of Ursuline foundress St Angela Merici, has been in Australia speaking on female spirituality in religious orders and as a guest of the Ursuline Sisters. He shares some of his insights with reporter PAUL DOBBYN.

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Discussing heavenly spirits

"The Angels of the Mystics" is the theme of a meeting a Catholic association is organising in Rome this week. President of the Centre of Studies of Angelogy, FR MARCELLO STANZIONE, speaks to ZENIT about modern attitudes to angels and mystical aspects of spirituality.

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Zimbabwe Church uneasy

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS): The Zimbabwean Government's antagonism toward the Catholic Church is shown in its refusal to renew the permits of foreign priests, said Archbishop Pius Ncube of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, said...

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Talks between Rome and Israel to resume

VATICAN CITY (Zenit): For the first time in five years, those responsible for negotiations between the Holy See and Israel will meet after Israeli representatives cancelled a March meeting at the last minute...

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Global warming

UNITED NATIONS (CNS) -- Global warming is not just an environmental issue but must be seen in "ethical, economic, social and political terms as well," Archbishop Celestino Migliore told a gathering of high-ranking development officials at the United Nations May 10...

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Poor, unborn need church

Rome bureau chief for Catholic News Service JOHN THAVIS gives an account of candid comments Pope Benedict XVI made to reporters on the flight to Brazil for his recent five-day visit there.

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