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Beatification in October denied

VATICAN CITY (Zenit): The Vatican has confirmed that Mother Teresa of Calcutta's cause of beatification is advancing, but denied that the celebration will take place in October...

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Pope’s plea for environment

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS): Pope John Paul II urged international leaders to find effective ways of balancing development with ecological protection, ahead of the global environmental summit which began in Johannesburg, South Africa last week...

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Pope’s emotional homecoming

KRAKOW, Poland (CNS): On a four-day trip to his Polish homeland, Pope John Paul II said the legacy of one of the country's saints - a devotional movement dedicated to God's healing mercy - offered the remedy to a world torn by suffering, conflict and sin...

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Repairs to shroud

TURIN, Italy (CNS): Cardinal Severino Poletto of Turin has confirmed he had authorised conservation work on the Shroud of Turin...

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Bid to halt Arab suicide bombings

JERUSALEM (ICN): A delegation of Christian clerics led by Jerusalem Patriarch Michel Sabbah made a rare visit last Saturday to the spiritual leader of the militant Hamas movement, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, in a bid to stop suicide bombings against Israeli targets...

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Liturgy chief answers critics

THE retiring chairman of the Episcopal Board of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), Bishop Maurice Taylor of Galloway, Ireland, has responded to top-level Church critics of the commission...

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Mexicans rejoice at canonisation

MEXICO CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II has canonised Juan Diego, the Mexican peasant whose visions of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the 1500s fueled conversions among the native peoples of the New World...

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Monks stumble on mass grave

MOSCOW (CNS): In a ghoulish reminder of Western Ukraine's bloody recent history, Catholic monks have stumbled across a mass grave containing the remains of 226 people murdered in the chaotic years immediately after World War II...

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Pope’s challenge to world youth

TORONTO (CNS): He listened to their songs, joined in their prayers and applauded their spirit, and then Pope John Paul left 500,000 World Youth Day participants with a challenge: to lead the world away from hostility and toward a 'civilisation of love'...

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