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{mosimage} WASHINGTON - For the first time, more than 100 senior Muslim leaders from around the world sent a letter to Pope Benedict XVI and other Christian leaders proposing theological similarities as a basis for peace and understanding.

Pope names 23 new cardinals

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{mosimage}VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI named 23 new cardinals at the end of his weekly general audience Oct. 17 and said he would formally install the cardinals during a special consistory at the Vatican Nov. 24.

Canadian Jewish leaders condemn meeting with Iran president

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{mosimage}OTTAWA - Canadian Council of Churches (CCC)  executive director Karen Hamilton grilled the Iranian president during a recent meeting in New York, telling him his threats to wipe Israel off the face of the map were “unacceptable.”

Catholic-Anglican text encourages realism over divisions

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{mosimage}VATICAN CITY - Anglicans and Roman Catholics should witness to the faith they share and work together to promote Christian values in the world, but they also must be realistic about issues still dividing them, said a recent document by Anglican and Catholic bishops.

Claim that John Paul refused nutrition refuted

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{mosimage}ROME - Pope John Paul II’s personal physician has vehemently denied an Italian doctor’s claim that the late pope refused nutritional support that would have prolonged his life.

Protecting environment a 'moral imperative'

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{mosimage}UNITED NATIONS - Addressing the United Nations, a Vatican official said climate change demands a new co-operative international strategy in order to avoid a “bleak future.”

Catholic leaders welcome Vatican documents on artificial nutrition

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{mosimage}WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Catholic health care and ethical groups thanked the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for clarifying its stand on artificial nutrition and hydration for patients in a persistent vegetative state in a pair of Sept. 14 documents.

Europe needs to revert to Christian values

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{mosimage}VIENNA, Austria - On a three-day pilgrimage to Austria, Pope Benedict XVI brought a core theme of his pontificate to Central Europe, warning that a drift away from Christian values is leaving society unfulfilled, less charitable and without a real future.

Pope accepts resignation of outspoken critic of Zimbabwean leadership

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{mosimage}VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Zimbabwean Archbishop Pius Ncube of Bulawayo, the most outspoken critic of the country's leadership who is also facing allegations of adultery.

Korean missionaries rethink overseas missions

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{mosimage}SEOUL, South Korea - As 19 South Korean hostages returned safely to their country, Catholic and Protestant church leaders said it was time to reflect on overseas missions and service.

Pope expresses hope for Mideast peace

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{mosimage}CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy - Pope Benedict XVI met with Israeli President Shimon Peres and expressed hope that new diplomatic moves can bring peace in the Middle East.