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Onboard papal flight: Pope calls for patience in bringing freedom to Cuba

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ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT TO MEXICO — En route to Latin America for his second papal visit to the region, Pope Benedict XVI called for patience with the Catholic Church’s effort to promote freedom in communist Cuba and criticized Catholics who participate in illegal drug trade or who ignore their moral responsibilities to seek social justice.

The pope, flying to Mexico March 23, followed his usual practice of taking a few preselected questions from reporters on the papal plane.

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Dutch church to help investigation of castration claims

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The Dutch church has pledged to fully cooperate with investigations into reported claims that Catholic institutions castrated boys and young men in their care to rid them of homosexuality.

Bert Elbertse, spokesman for the Dutch Catholic bishops’ conference, said the bishops found the reports “shocking and appalling” and that they “condemn and regret such practices in the strongest possible terms.”

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Chinese bishop taken into custody for lessons

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HONG KONG — Coadjutor Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou and his chancellor, Father Paul Jiang Sunian, were taken into custody by government officials in mid-March to attend “learning classes,” sources told the Asian church news agency, UCA News.

Bishop Shao, 49, was appointed by the Holy See to lead Wenzhou’s unregistered, or underground, Catholic community in 2007 and is not recognized by the government.

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St. Louis archdiocese to appeal ruling on former parish

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ST. LOUIS — Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis said a judge’s ruling against efforts by the St. Louis archdiocese and a group of Polish Catholics to return a former Polish Catholic parish to full communion with the Catholic Church will be appealed.

St. Stanislaus Church, which had served Catholics of Polish heritage for generations, is no longer operating as a Catholic parish and a civil corporation owns the property.

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March 23rd, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized

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Do It Yourself Lent: March 23

March 23rd, 2012 Posted in Catechetical Corner

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Stem-cell research debate rests on value of human life, says researcher

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The ethics of embryonic stem-cell research can’t be discussed in isolation, said Maureen Condic, a neurobiology researcher at the University of Utah School of Medicine and a senior fellow at the Westchester Institute for Ethics and the Human Person.

The discussion touches on the value of human life and intersects with the issue of abortion, said Condic, who visited Nashville to speak on the ethics of embryonic stem-cell research at the Cathedral of the Incarnation and to law students at Vanderbilt University.

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Bishop who resigned named to Vatican panel

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has appointed a German bishop who had been accused of financial irregularities and hitting children to the Vatican’s health care council.

Retired Bishop Walter Mixa of Augsburg was named a member of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry March 21.

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Do It Yourself Lent: March 22

March 22nd, 2012 Posted in Catechetical Corner

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Report finds anti-Christian prejudice in Europe

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OXFORD, England — A church-backed report has documented rising anti-Christian prejudice in Europe, despite calls for fairer legislation and measures to curb discrimination.

“Studies suggest 85 percent of hate crimes in Europe are directed against Christians — it is high time for the public debate to respond to this reality,” said Gudrun Kugler, director of the Vienna-based Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians.

“A restrictive application of freedom of conscience is leading to professions such as magistrates, doctors, nurses and midwives as well as pharmacists slowly closing for Christians. Teachers and parents get into trouble when they disagree with state-defined sexual ethics,” Kugler said March 19.

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