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Focus on Religious Unity

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Encouraging Christians to appreciate other religions, Pope John Paul II reaffirmed that the Holy Spirit works outside the boundaries of the Catholic Church...

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Rome Condemns Euthanasia

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Vatican has condemned the Dutch parliament's approval of a bill to legalise euthanasia, calling it a violation of natural law and human dignity...

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Condoms Don’t Stop AIDS

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Vatican officials have fended off insistent questions about the Church's condemnation of condoms in AIDS prevention by turning attention instead to Church education programs which they say tackle the roots of the problem...

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New Rules on Faith Healing

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Vatican has issued norms on faith-healing services, saying prayer meetings for healing need the approval of local Church authorities and must avoid "anything resembling hysteria"...

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De Facto Relationships Under Fire

VATICAN CITY (CNS): In a detailed document on cohabitation, the Vatican said the unique legal status of marriage and the family must be defended as indispensable goods for society...

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Bid to Heal Ecumenical Relations

WASHINGTON (CNS): The Australian-born head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Edward Cassidy, has admitted that a recent Vatican document "has had a very negative impact" on ecumenical relations around the world, but expressed confidence that the harm can be repaired...

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Christmas Put on Hold

BETHLEHEM (CNS): Christmas celebration plans in Bethlehem are being put on hold as the wave of violence continues...

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Hope for Miracle

ROME (CNS): Italian Capuchin priests have submitted documents to the Vatican detailing the healing of an eight year-old boy which they hope will be the miracle accepted for the canonisation of Blessed Padre Pio...

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Papal Warning on Land Abuse

VATICAN CITY (CNS): In a Jubilee celebration with tens of thousands of farmers, Pope John Paul II warned that ecological and economic abuse in agriculture was keeping millions of people in poverty and threatening the earth itself...

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