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{mosimage}BURLINGTON, Ont. - The word “schism” is increasingly being used to describe the state of affairs among Canadian Anglicans in the midst of intensifying disagreements over liberalized theology and a growing acceptance of the blessing of same-sex unions.

British cardinal criticizes fatherless babies in bill

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{mosimage}LONDON - A British cardinal has criticized proposals to allow lesbians to become joint legal parents of children created for them through in vitro fertilization.

New direction needed in Iraq

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{mosimage}BALTIMORE - Some U.S. policymakers “seem to fail to recognize sufficiently the reality and failures in Iraq and the imperative for new directions,” warned the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in a new statement on transition in Iraq.



Papal trip to U.S. confirmed

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{mosimage} BALTIMORE - Pope Benedict XVI will visit Washington and New York next April 15-20.

Canadian bishops meet with Pope

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{mosimage}VATICAN CITY - The president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops said coming to the Vatican to visit Pope Benedict XVI and curial officials "is always something that energizes us."

Pope, Saudi king hold historic meeting

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{mosimage}VATICAN CITY - Interreligious dialogue, peace in the Middle East and the life of Christians living in Saudi Arabia were on the agenda of an historic meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and King Abdullah Aziz of Saudi Arabia.

Pakistani archbishop concerned by political crisis

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{mosimage}NEW DELHI - The head of the Pakistani Catholic bishops' conference expressed concern over the imposition of emergency rule that has led to widespread protests and a crackdown by the military regime of Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's president.

Globalization more than economic progress

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{mosimage}TORONTO - When Jesuit Father Peter Henriot arrived in Zambia 19 years ago life expectancy in the landlocked, southern African country was a rather dismal 52 years. Today Zambians can expect to be dead by 37.

Spanish martyrs ‘heroic witnesses’ to faith

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{mosimage}VATICAN CITY - Just minutes before Pope Benedict XVI prayed that the example of newly beatified Spanish martyrs would spur Catholics to work for reconciliation and peaceful co-existence, a small fight broke out across town in front of a church run by Opus Dei.

Beatified Austrian refused to fight for Hitler

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{mosimage}VATICAN CITY - A Vatican cardinal beatified Franz Jagerstatter, an Austrian farmer who was beheaded in 1943 after he refused to fight in Hitler's army.

Collection tells the legend of the Knights Templar

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{mosimage}VATICAN CITY - The Vatican is publishing a collector’s edition of documents on the Knights Templar, the medieval crusading order that became the focus of legends and mysteries.