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New English translations for parts of Mass approved

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Vatican has given its approval to a new English-language translation of the main constant parts of the Mass, but Catholics in the pew are unlikely to see any of the approved changes at Masses for awhile to allow for catechesis on the reasons for the revisions. The approved text, sent to […]

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Says ‘Humanae Vitae’ was ‘lucid and farsighted’

Says ‘Humanae Vitae’ was ‘lucid and farsighted’ VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In the face of “disquieting developments in genetic engineering,” Pope Paul VI’s encyclical on human life and birth control was “lucid and farsighted,” said the editor of the Vatican newspaper. Giovanni Maria Vian, editor of L’Osservatore Romano, wrote a front-page editorial July 25 marking […]

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South African churches rally to help victims of xenophobic violence

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) — Hundreds of victims of xenophobic violence in South Africa are being housed in church halls in Durban as the country’s faith communities and civil society rally to help those displaced. “We’re housing more than 430 people, mostly from Zimbabwe, but also from Mozambique, Malawi, Burundi and the Democratic Republic […]

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Pollsters say immigration not a top issue for voters in ’08 election

WASHINGTON (CNS) — With a sour economy, a war in its sixth year, gas prices at record levels and good health care increasingly unattainable, voters have other priorities ahead of worries about illegal immigration, pollsters say. A May voter survey found immigration to be voters’ fifth biggest concern behind those other issues, with 7 percent […]

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Vatican newspaper responds to U.S. journal on human dignity, science

By: By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Protecting human dignity is the only guiding principle that ensures progress in biomedical technology does not harm the weakest humans, the Vatican newspaper said. Using human dignity as the guiding principle for determining what is medically and scientifically ethical is not simply a Catholic approach and it […]

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