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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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Milosevic’s Arrest a Sign of Hope

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The new head of Belgrade archdiocese in Yugoslavia, Archbishop Stanislav Hocevar, said the arrest of former President Slobodan Milosevic was a sign of hope for the future...

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Priests Urged to Promote Penance

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II has urged priests worldwide to help Christians rediscover the Sacrament of Penance and to start by frequenting it themselves...

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Greek Appeal

WARSAW, Poland (CNS): The head of Greece's Orthodox Church has appealed for Pope John Paul II to take "further steps" toward recognising Catholic Church "intransigence" before his planned May visit to the country...

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