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Blasphemy trial lawyer’s fears

WASHINGTON (CNS): A lawyer for the Pakistani bishops' conference who has challenged the country's controversial blasphemy laws has had his life threatened, an archbishop said...

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Influx of pilgrims

ANTIGUA, Guatemala (CNS): Behind the crumbling, elaborate baroque facades of Antigua, preparations are under way for the canonisation of the town's favourite son, Blessed Pedro de San Jose Betancur...

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PM’s audience with the Pope

VATICAN CITY (CN): Prime Minister John Howard met the Pope on Saturday, July 6, in the first papal audience in Rome for an Australian Prime Minister since Bob Hawke's 1986 visit...

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Call for celibacy debate

DUBLIN (ICN): A prominent Irish priest has said it would do a 'great disservice' to the Church if 'a blind eye' were to be turned to the problems posed by compulsory celibacy...

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Retiring Anglican head meets Pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The retiring head of the worldwide Anglican Communion, Archbishop George Carey of Canterbury, met privately with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican on June 21...

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A time for soul-searching

OTTAWA, Canada (CNS): The Catholic Church is going through troubled times because of the sex abuse scandal in the United States and needs some 'profound soul-searching', said the president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity...

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