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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.

Christian-Muslim peace = world peace

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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.