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Poll: Almost half of Irish report unfavorable view of church

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DUBLIN — Almost half of Irish people polled say they now have an unfavorable view of the Catholic Church.

Of those with a negative view, three-quarters cite the abuse scandals — the abuse or its cover-up — as a cause. However, 23 percent say that their negative view is due to the church’s history and structures.

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At audience, pope prays G-20 summit will help world’s poor

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI prayed that a summit of the leaders of countries with the world’s largest economies would find ways to overcome the current economic crisis and promote real development.

At the end of his weekly general audience Nov. 2, the pope issued a special appeal to the leaders of the G-20 nations scheduled to meet Nov. 3-4 in Cannes, France.

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Maryknoll called the gift U.S. church has given to world

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Catholic News Service

NEW YORK — Maryknoll is the gift of mission that the church in America gave to the universal church, and will continue to give, Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick told more than 1,800 participants at a festive Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral Oct. 30.

The Mass celebrated the centennial of the group formally known as the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America.

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Washington Letter: Catholic House member writes letters of penance to families of war dead

October 31st, 2011 Posted in Featured, National News

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Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — When President Barack Obama announced plans Oct. 21 to pull the 44,000 U.S. troops out of Iraq by the end of the year, perhaps no one on Capitol Hill was more pleased than Rep. Walter B. Jones.

The conservative Republican from Farmville, N.C., has been pushing the Obama administration to end the military occupation of Iraq since the president took office in 2009. He had pressed President George W. Bush to do the same for nearly five years.

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British monarchs to be allowed to marry Catholics

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MANCHESTER, England — The law that bans a British monarch from marrying a Catholic is to be lifted after more than 300 years.

The reforms were announced following the unanimous agreement of the 16 nations that have Queen Elizabeth II as their constitutional head of state.

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St. Francis Hospital’s emergency services are pro-life 24/7

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WILMINGTON – October might be Respect Life Month for the Catholic Church, but for Bruce Egan and the members of the Emergency Medical Services department at St. Francis Hospital, it is something they do every month of the year.

“We believe that each person is a manifestation of human life. Our job is to go out every day and preserve that,” said Egan, chief of EMS at the hospital since July 2010.

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Vatican letter: U.S. bishops prepare to begin visits to Rome

October 28th, 2011 Posted in Featured, National News

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Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — U.S. bishops are preparing to make their “ad limina” visits to the Vatican, an intense series of encounters that will bring many of them face-to-face with Pope Benedict XVI for the first time.

Beginning in early November and extending through much of next year, the visits will constitute the most comprehensive assessment of church life in the United States since the German pope was elected in 2005.

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Among Assisi participants, a sense of wider crisis in society

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ASSISI, Italy — A common thread ran through many of the speeches and invocations of this year’s “prayer for peace” encounter in Assisi: the uneasy sense that the world is facing not merely conflicts and wars, but a much broader crisis that affects social and cultural life in every country.

Environmental damage, the rich-poor divide, erosion of cultural traditions, terrorism and new threats to society’s weakest members were cited as increasingly worrisome developments by speakers at the interfaith gathering in the Italian pilgrimage town Oct. 27.

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Cat in a hat and sword rated A-1 is No. 1 at box office

October 28th, 2011 Posted in Featured Tags: ,

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An exceptionally intelligent and energetic script that includes a moral lesson propels “Puss in Boots,” a 3-D animated children’s feature that provides the back story of the fairy tale character as portrayed in the “Shrek” films.

Without being condescending and without adding snarky in-jokes likely to fly over the little ones’ heads, director Chris Miller and screenwriter Tom Wheeler combine imagery from fairy tales with a plot that makes Puss (voice of Antonio Banderas) a mischievous bandit.

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Marian pilgrims stay in the diocese this year

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The Marian pilgrims of the diocese, who have been traveling to Washington’s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception every two years, stayed closer to home Oct. 22 by taking a faith journey to New Castle.

There, about 150 people, some of whom had never seen the statue of Our Lady Queen of Peace at Holy Spirit Church before, attended a 1 p.m. holy hour with a talk by Father Leonard Klein, director of Pro-Life Activities and administrator of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception and St. Patrick Churches; exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, a 4 p.m. Mass celebrated by Bishop Malooly, and a recitation of the rosary at the Queen of Peace statue.

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