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{mosimage}LONDON - An English cardinal has rejected suggestions that aspects of Shariah, or Islamic law, might be incorporated into the British legal system.

NAFTA threatens rural Mexico, bishops say

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{mosimage}MEXICO CITY - Mexico’s Catholic bishops have pleaded with the federal government to renegotiate a trade treaty with the United States and Canada that they say is leading to the cultural death of their nation.

Support for continued Afghan mission 'misguided'

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{mosimage}TORONTO - Aid workers, church groups and peace activists are deeply disappointed in the Manley panel’s report on Canada’s future role in Afghanistan — which calls for Canada to continue its mission while seeking more troops from NATO — with aid workers worried the panel’s approach to development could result in murders and kidnapping of project staff and Taliban targeting of communities where they work.

Kenyan priest slain in ongoing violence

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{mosimage}NAIROBI, Kenya - A mob brutally killed a priest of the diocese of Nakuru in Kenya’s Rift Valley amid continuing post-election violence which has pitted rival ethnic gangs against each other.

Winnipeg Archbishop Weisgerber sees dire problems of Holy Land

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{mosimage}OTTAWA - Winnipeg Archbishop James Weisgerber has returned from his first trip to the Holy Land with a deep understanding of the pressure and suffering the historic Christian community experiences there.

Tridentine Good Friday prayer to be revised

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{mosimage}VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI has decided to reformulate a Good Friday prayer in the 1962 Latin Roman Missal that was offensive to Jews, according to an Italian newspaper.

Italian university protesters miss Pope’s point

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{mosimage}VATICAN CITY - It was a first, at least in modern times: In Rome, the centre of the Catholic world and the capital of Catholic Italy, a pope felt unwelcome to give a speech at the public university.

When Pope Benedict XVI cancelled his planned visit to La Sapienza University Jan. 17, it marked a setback in the pontiff’s difficult dialogue with the contemporary scientific and intellectual world.

Jesuits choose new leader with wide international experience

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{mosimage}ROME - Spanish-born Fr. Adolfo Nicolas, the newly elected superior general of the Jesuits, called on the more than 19,000 members of his order to strengthen their service to the poor and those excluded from the benefits of economic globalization.

Combination of factors lead to Kenyan turmoil

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{mosimage}NAIROBI, Kenya - Church leaders, pastors and bishops are working to change the channel on the cycle of ethnic and political violence which has claimed nearly 500 lives since Kenya’s disputed national elections Dec. 27.

Pope appeals for end to Kenyan violence

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{mosimage}VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI appealed for an immediate end to ethnic violence in Kenya and called on political leaders to resolve the conflict there through "dialogue and democratic debate."

Kenyan bishops appeal for dialogue to resolve violence

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{mosimage}NAIROBI, Kenya - Following days of violence and death after the announcement of disputed election results, Kenya's Catholic bishops appealed to political leaders to make every effort to engage in dialogue to resolve the crisis.