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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.

Vatican trying to end liberation theology, Sobrino says

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WASHINGTON - In a sharply worded letter to his religious superior, Jesuit Father Jon Sobrino said that a Vatican document criticizing his work is an effort “to put an end to the theology of liberation.”

Jesus tomb discovery ‘nonsense’

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TORONTO - The claim by a Toronto filmmaker that he had found the true burial site of Jesus of Nazareth — along with Jesus’ wife and child — began to sink under withering criticism almost as soon as he revealed his new film Feb. 26.

Apostolic letter reflects on Eucharist

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VATICAN CITY - Catholics must believe in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, celebrate the liturgy with devotion and live in a way that demonstrates their faith, Pope Benedict XVI said.

St. Joseph’s Healthcare reaches across borders

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HAMILTON, Ont. - It was after dark when the Canadian medical team pulled up outside the rural Ugandan clinic. Just outside of Kampala, St. Stevens was, as is often the case, shrouded in darkness due to a power outage. Inside, they found that many of the 20 patients were suffering the effects of malaria. A nurse was triaging a patient by the light of a kerosene lamp.

No sugar coating of Anglican-Catholic tensions

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ROME - A Catholic archbishop and an Anglican bishop who lead work on a document about witnessing to commonly held points of faith said the document will be “very honest” about current tensions within the Anglican Communion and the problems that poses for ecumenical dialogue.

Korean cardinal welcomes nuke deal

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ROME - South Korea’s leading Catholic churchman welcomed the news that North Korea had agreed to wind down its nuclear program in exchange for fuel assistance from outside countries.

New book offers glimpse into John Paul’s secret life

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ROME - Pope John Paul II consulted with top aides about possibly resigning in 2000 and set up a “specific procedure” for papal resignation, says a new book by the late pope’s former secretary.

Wielgus denies he failed to disclose collaboration

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wielgusWARSAW, Poland  - The Polish archbishop who resigned after admitting he collaborated with his country's communist secret police denied claims that he failed to inform the Pope about his past.