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Simple version of catechism on way

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Following a request by bishops, Pope John Paul II has ordered the preparation of a shorter, simpler official version of the 865-page Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Vatican said...

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Gift for Anglican primate

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II sent a bishop's pectoral cross and a message pledging continued work toward full Church unity to newly enthroned Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury...

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Pope tells Blair to avoid war

VATICAN CITY (CNS): In a private audience with one of the staunchest supporters of possible military action against Iraq, Pope John Paul II told British Prime Minister Tony Blair to make every effort to avoid war and "spare the world new divisions"...

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Secret letter to Pius XI released

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Just a few weeks after Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany, St Edith Stein - a Catholic convert from Judaism who was soon to enter a Carmelite convent - wrote to Pope Pius XI asking him to condemn Nazi ideology...

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Iraqi envoy meets with the Pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS/Zenit): Warning of the disastrous consequences of war, Pope John Paul II and top Vatican diplomatic officials met with Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz on February 14 and asked Iraq for "concrete commitments" to respect UN disarmament resolutions...

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E Timor struggles on

WASHINGTON (CNS): More than three years after East Timor voted for independence, access to adequate health care, education and basic human rights remains out of reach for most people in the country, said an East Timorese human rights worker...

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No sane reason for war on Iraq

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (CNS): A New Zealand cardinal said a US-led attack on Iraq has no justification "on grounds of international law or sane morality"...

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