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Relief at End of Bethlehem Siege

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II has expressed his relief that the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem has finally been 'restored to God and the faithful' after a 39-day stand-off between Palestinian gunmen and Israeli soldiers...

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Comparison of Bibles

WASHINGTON (CNS): A Vatican document on understanding the Bible is important for Catholic-Jewish relations because it accepts as valid Jewish interpretations of Scripture which parallel Christian views, said several biblical scholars from both faiths...

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Sadness of Jenin Camp

JERUSALEM (ICN): Caritas Jerusalem, which has been distributing food, medicines and blankets to the people of devastated Jenin, says its workers were shocked at the conditions they found and the plight of the refugees...

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Cardinal’s Double Celebration

ROME (CNS): Celebrating his 75th birthday and his 25th anniversary as a bishop, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger gave thanks for the many opportunities he has had to witness to his faith and asked forgiveness for times when he might not have been a 'good shepherd'...

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Action Plan to Tackle Abusers

VATICAN CITY (CNS): US Church leaders left an unprecedented US-Vatican summit on clerical sex abuse with a proposed plan of action, including a national policy to deal with priest offenders and a special process for dismissing them from the priesthood...

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IVF Shock

SINGLE women's access to in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) hinged last week on whether political parties decide to give MPs a conscience vote on the issue...

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Concern over Bethlehem Siege

VATICAN CITY (Fides/CNS): The Pope has expressed deep concern for the priests, religious and more than 200 Palestinians who have been under siege in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem for more than three weeks...

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Russian Threat to Church

MOSCOW (CNS): Russian legislators have begun a debate on whether to ask the President to shut down the country's newly created Roman Catholic dioceses on the grounds that they are a threat to the country's territorial integrity and to the Russian Orthodox Church...

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