Cardinal hopes forum opens new chapter in Catholic-Muslim relations

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — On the eve of the first meeting of the Catholic-Muslim Forum, the cardinal responsible for the dialogue said he hoped it would open “a new chapter” in a long history of Catholic-Muslim relations. French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, gave interviews in early November to […]

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College of the Holy Cross attempts to reinvent freshman year

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The College of the Holy Cross, a small Jesuit college in Worcester, Mass., has reworked its program for freshmen in the hopes the students not only will adjust more quickly to college life but also will get a jump-start on what school administrators like to call “lifelong learning.” Everything about the program […]

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Forum examines response to torture by U.S. in interrogating prisoners

NEW YORK (CNS) — A Fordham University forum talked about the response of American political, military, religious and medical groups to the use of torture in interrogations of prisoners by the United States since the 2001 terrorist attacks. The Oct. 21 event was sponsored by the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture and drew 150 […]

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Nonviolence is conviction that love can conquer evil, says cardinal

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Nonviolence is not a strategic tool; it is the firm conviction that evil can be conquered with love and truth, said Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran. The cardinal, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, prayed that all religions that encourage nonviolence would work together “to promote truth, light, mutual respect, freedom […]

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Christ’s humility shows love is powerful, pope says at audience

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christ’s extreme humility and his willingness to die for the sins of all humanity demonstrate that love is far more powerful than pushiness and pretension, Pope Benedict XVI said during his Oct. 22 general audience in St. Peter’s Square. Discussing St. Paul’s faith in and teaching about Jesus Christ, the pope […]

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Bishops urge president to grant Haitians temporary protected status

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Catholic bishops have called on President George W. Bush to grant Haitians temporary protected status for the next 18 months, citing pressing humanitarian reasons. Temporary protected status, or TPS, permits nationals of a designated nation who are living in the U.S. to reside in this country legally and to qualify […]

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