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Malta Gives Pope Warm Welcome

VALLETTA, Malta (CNS): On the last day of his pilgrimage in the footsteps of St Paul, Pope John Paul II beatified three Maltese Catholics and called them guides for the Church's future...

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Fatima Anniversary

FATIMA, Portugal, (Zenit): More than 600,000 people crowded the Marian shrine here on the 84th anniversary of the first of the 1917 apparitions of the Blessed Virgin...

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Pilgrimage of Reconciliation

DAMASCUS, Syria (CNS): On a pilgrimage highlighted by bold ecumenical and interreligious gestures, Pope John Paul II reached across centuries of division to Orthodox Christians in Greece and Muslims in Syria...

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University Fired On

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS): A student dormitory at Bethlehem University was hit by gunfire twice in two weeks, with bullets entering a student's dorm room during the latest incident...

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Chernobyl Legacy

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Fifteen years later, Ukraine's Chernobyl disaster serves to remind humanity that scientific and technological progress must respect human needs and nature, Pope John Paul II said...

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Call for Church Personnel Checks

MANCHESTER, England (CNS): A committee set up by the Catholic bishops of England and Wales to review child protection procedures has recommended police checks on all clergy, staff and volunteers within the Church...

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Chinese Confess

HONG KONG (CNS): The Sacrament of Reconciliation is so popular among Chinese Catholics, particularly in rural areas, that hundreds or even thousands are lining up for confessions on major Church feasts...

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Affluence a Threat to Japan

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II said Christianity offers ultimate answers to the people of Japan, where affluence and a consumerist mentality have been accompanied by a growing spiritual uneasiness...

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