Pope says God, not people, created the church

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The church is not a club founded by people with a common interest; it is a living body convoked and created by God, Pope Benedict XVI said. It is through the proclamation of the living Christ that “God comes to all peoples and reunites them as one people of God,” the […]

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Mexican church officials oppose legalizing small quantities of drugs

MEXICO CITY (CNS) — Catholic officials in Mexico have come out against a federal proposal that would discard criminal sanctions for people caught carrying small quantities of illegal drugs as long as the users agree to enter treatment programs. “Our position is one of total opposition to the proposals,” Father Hugo Valdemar, spokesman for the […]

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Vatican’s U.N. nuncio argues for greater protection of human rights

UNITED NATIONS (CNS) — Human rights are best protected through disarmament and weapons nonproliferation, argued Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the Vatican’s apostolic nuncio to the United Nations. “As the human person is the ultimate aim of all public policies, arms regulation, disarmament and nonproliferation must have an interdisciplinary or, more importantly, a human approach,” Archbishop Migliore […]

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Pope says Christians should give priority attention to migrants

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Appealing on behalf of the world’s migrants, Pope Benedict XVI said Christians should put their faith into action and give priority attention to refugees and immigrants. The pope said St. Paul — a “missionary to migrants” — should inspire Christians to show solidarity with the diverse world of today’s migrants, including […]

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Iraqi prelate optimistic Christians will be represented in elections

BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNS) — An Iraqi archbishop expressed optimism that the Iraqi parliament will vote to ensure Christians and other minorities are represented in provincial councils. “Everybody is saying it should be an issue to guarantee the rights of the minorities. The nuncio in Baghdad (Archbishop Francis Chullikatt) played a very strong role, contacting several […]

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Cardinal Rigali calls upon Catholics to ‘build a culture of life’

WASHINGTON (CNS) — All Catholics are called “to help build a culture of life in which every human life without exception is respected and defended,” the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities said in a message for Respect Life Sunday Oct. 5. Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia invited Catholics […]

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End food commodities speculation, religious groups, others urge

WASHINGTON (CNS) — While much of the nation’s attention has been focused on the stock market, a coalition of religious, social justice, rural and environmental groups is working to bring attention to damage it says has been caused worldwide by a speculative commodities futures market. “Food is not a speculative investment,” said the coalition in […]

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Anglican archbishop comes under fire for homily at Lourdes

LONDON (CNS) — Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury, England, has come under fire for his homily during a pilgrimage to the Marian sanctuaries in Lourdes, France. Archbishop Williams, leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion, said in a homily during a Sept. 24 international Mass at Lourdes that when Mary appeared to St. Bernadette Soubirous […]

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Vatican newspaper says crisis shows failure of ‘new economy’

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The current financial crisis pummeling the United States and beyond is a sign that the so-called “new economy” and its risky investments have failed, the Vatican newspaper said. The booming growth of financial markets did not correspond to real growth or concrete development for society because it created an artificially robust […]

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