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{mosimage}APARECIDA, Brazil - On a five-day visit to Latin America, Pope Benedict XVI identified a host of social and religious challenges and said the church should respond by focusing more clearly on the person of Jesus Christ.

Vatican recognizes power of the image

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{mosimage}VATICAN CITY - They are not pushy or pesky; rather, the Pope’s own paparazzi are the epitome of discretion and class.

China’s ‘black pope’ wields great influence

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{mosimage}BEIJING - He’s known as “the black pope of China” — a play on the “black pope” title given to the powerful head of the Jesuits — and whether or not people like his methods, they all agree that he is one of the most powerful laymen in China’s Catholic Church.

Limbo teaching a ‘restrictive view of salvation’

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{mosimage}VATICAN CITY - After several years of study, the Vatican’s International Theological Commission said there are good reasons to hope that babies who die without being baptized go to heaven.

Christians are what’s missing in the Holy Land

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{mosimage}NAZARETH, Israel - The Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Israel, the Bishop of Nazareth, is very clear in his desires for his local church in the midst of conflict and a declining Catholic population.

British bishop under fire for ‘naive’ comments

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LONDON - The head of Great Britain’s military diocese has come under fire from politicians, military leaders and the media after he welcomed Iran’s release of 15 sailors and marines as religiously motivated “good deeds.”

Gay issues make Anglican schism a real threat, says Canterbury

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TORONTO - The Archbishop of Canterbury will meet with the American Episcopalian House of Bishops in September in an effort to prevent a schism between Anglicans in the rich, first world and the Anglican majority in the global south.

John Paul’s ministry showed love for Christ

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VATICAN CITY - Pope John Paul II’s intense pastoral ministry, “but even more, the Calvary of agony and the serene death of our beloved pope let all people of our age know that Jesus Christ really was his everything,” Pope Benedict XVI said.

Archbishop Ncube is Zimbabwe’s only answer to oppose Mugabe

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As Zimbabwe suffers another round of brutal repression at the hands of President Robert Mugabe and his henchmen, everybody is offering solutions.

Northern Ireland power-sharing deal welcomed

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DUBLIN, Ireland - Irish and British church officials welcomed the announcement that political parties in Northern Ireland have agreed to share power again.

$1.2-million grant will aid Free the Children projects

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TORONTO - A charity established by 12-year-old Catholic school children a dozen years ago has landed a $1.2-million grant from the Canadian founder of eBay, who as a student pumped gas in the neighbourhood.