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VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI and top Vatican officials, meeting to review the status of married priests, reaffirmed the value of priestly celibacy and said its importance should be highlighted among priests and seminarians.

Honduran cardinal seeks 'helping hand' on mining problem

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TORONTO - A cardinal in Honduras has asked the Canadian government to rein in Canadian mining companies operating in his country.

Benedict offers 'outstretched hand' to Islam

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Pope Benedict meets Islamic womanVATICAN CITY  - Pope Benedict XVI's remarks on Islam in Regensburg, Germany, opened a new chapter in the Vatican's 40-year dialogue with the Muslim world and brought the Pope's own views on Islam into clearer focus.

Vatican: Saddam death sentence wrong

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Saddam HusseinVATICAN CITY - The head of the Vatican's justice and peace office and an editor of a Vatican-approved Jesuit journal said it would be wrong to carry out the death penalty against Saddam Hussein.

Pope encourages Irish bishops to bring healing to abuse victims

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Pope Benedict XVIPope Benedict XVI said priestly sexual abuse of minors was a "heart-rending" tragedy that requires an effort of purification by the church.

Pope’s affirmation of Christianity transcends politics

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Pope Benedict XVIVERONA, Italy - Navigating the murky waters of Italian ecclesial politics is no easy task, so interest was high when Pope Benedict XVI addressed the country’s most important Catholic gathering in 10 years.

Islam scholars publish letter on Pope’s Regensburg comments

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Pope Benedict XVIVATICAN CITY - International Islamic scholars published an open letter to Pope Benedict XVI, taking issue with what they described as mistakes and oversimplifications of Islam in a recent papal speech to German academics.

Patriarch looking forward to papal visit

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Pope Benedict XVIISTANBUL, Turkey - Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople said he hopes Pope Benedict XVI's November trip to Turkey will help calm recent tensions with Islam and advance his church's struggle for religious rights.