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Synod Offers a New Beginning

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Calling last month's Synod of Bishops 'almost a new beginning' for the Church, Pope John Paul II urged bishops to courageously promote Church teaching and work for Church unity...

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Church Terror

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II has called the slaying of 16 Christians in a Pakistani church a 'tragic act of intolerance' and sent his condolences to the families of the victims...

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New Racism Focus

WASHINGTON (CNS): A few days after the World Conference Against Racism ended in early September, its agenda of battling racial discrimination and xenophobia took on new significance, believes UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson...

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Green and Global

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Environmental protection needs to go hand-in-hand with globalisation, and corporations should be made to answer for actions that damage human health or the natural environment around the world, a Vatican official said...

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Renewed Appeal to Pray Rosary

VATICAN CITY (CNS): As a US bombing campaign on Afghanistan continued last week, Pope John Paul II renewed his appeal to people around the world to pray the Rosary for peace 'in this hour of grave worries'...

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Synod Debates Power

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The issue of shared Church governance has emerged as a dominant theme at the Synod of Bishops in Rome, with nearly two dozen bishops advocating more decision-making power at local levels...

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Priests ‘Lacking in Spirituality’

VATICAN CITY (CNS): As Church leaders met at the Vatican to identify pastoral priorities, several bishops expressed concern about a lack of spirituality in many priests' formations and lifestyles...

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Animal Tissue Transplants OK

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Vatican has given broad ethical clearance to research in transplanting animal tissues into humans but has asked scientists to use 'maximum caution' because of unknown risks of passing animal diseases into human populations...

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