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Papal tribute to Yasser Arafat

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II expressed his closeness to the family of Yasser Arafat and to the Palestinian people following the November 11 announcement of the Palestinian leader's death in a Paris military hospital...

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Inquisition probe

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is to participate in an inventory of archival material on the Inquisition to assist international research...

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Iraq’s PM pays visit to Pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II has encouraged Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi to pursue democracy and religious freedom in his country and told him he prayed for the victims of terrorism and violence there...

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Call for UN cloning ban

NEW YORK (CNS): The Vatican has renewed its efforts to get the United Nations to develop an international convention that would ban all forms of human cloning...

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Lifelong love for the poor

WASHINGTON (CNS): Cardinal James A. Hickey, the retired Archbishop of Washington who made Catholic education and service to the poor two of his top priorities during his years in the US capital, died on October 24 after a long illness. He was 84.

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Churches clash over holy sites

JERUSALEM (CNS): An ecumenical row over holy sites has spilled over into violence involving monks and other religious officials, according to the Franciscan priest in charge of monitoring an agreement among Jerusalem's Christian communities...

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