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Archbishop of Canterbury to step down, take university job

March 16th, 2012 Posted in International News

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MANCHESTER, England (CNS) — The leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion has announced his resignation.

Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury said in a March 16 statement that he would step down at the end of December. The archbishop, leader of the Church of England, plans to take a job as master of Magdalene College at the University of Cambridge, England, beginning in January.

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Church officials decry suicide bombing at Nigerian parish

March 12th, 2012 Posted in International News Tags: , , , ,

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LAGOS, Nigeria — The suicide car bombing of a church in Jos was an “evil, irrational, beastly and criminal” act, said the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos also called on Christians to remain calm after the bombing March 11 during a Mass  claimed the lives of three worshippers and led to retaliatory violence that resulted in at least seven deaths around the city.

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Catholics, Anglicans need to work toward unity, pope says

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ROME — Remembering the common roots of the Christianity they share, Roman Catholics and Anglicans should renew their commitments to praying and working for Christian unity, Pope Benedict XVI said.

The pope and Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury, spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion, held an evening prayer service March 10 at Rome’s Church of St. Gregory on the Caelian Hill, the church from which Pope Gregory the Great sent St. Augustine of Canterbury and his fellow monks to evangelize England in 597.

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Eucharistic congress in Dublin to avoid triumphalism

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VATICAN CITY — The International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin will be characterized by humility, moderation and a renewed focus on the Eucharist as the source and nourishment of unity in the church, said the president of the Vatican committee charged with overseeing the gathering.

Archbishop Piero Marini, president of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses, said the congress June 10-17 will reflect that this year is the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, but also that Catholics in the host country, Ireland, are still reeling from the clerical sex abuse scandal and are engaged in a process of repentance and reform.

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Biden visits Guadalupe shrine, speaks of mother’s devotion

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MEXICO CITY — Vice President Joe Biden prayed at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe while visiting Mexico City and later told reporters he would have stopped at the shrine even if he had no official business in the Mexican capital.

Biden visited after meeting with Mexican politicians and political candidates March 5. He knelt before an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe and later spoke of his mother’s devotion to Mary.

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Caritas Lebanon helps refugees fleeing Syria

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BEIRUT — Church aid workers scrambled to find housing for hundreds of Syrian refugees who have fled to neighboring Lebanon because of ongoing violence between Syrian forces and armed rebels.

About 200 families — more than 1,000 people overall — made their way to the border town of Qaa in the Bekaa Valley in northern Lebanon March 5 and were struggling in the region’s near-freezing temperatures.

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Armed men invade monastery in Syria

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ANTAKYA, Turkey — Masked gunmen stormed the Syrian desert monastery of Deir Mar Musa, about 50 miles southwest of Homs, destroying property and briefly holding its inhabitants captive.

The monastery’s website reported March 1 that on Feb. 22, approximately 30 armed men infiltrated the hillside monastery, holding community members at gunpoint as they searched for weapons and money.

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Despite Jerusalem’s crowds, pilgrims offer fervent prayers at Holy Sepulchre shrine

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By Judith Sudilovsky

Catholic News Service

JERUSALEM — As Easter approaches, it can be a daunting task to find a quiet moment of contemplation at any of Jerusalem’s holy sites, but it is especially so at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

Throngs of pilgrim groups and tourists with cameras pack the church, posing for photos at the spots where Jesus was crucified or laid in the tomb. Some place souvenirs on the sacred sites for a blessing.

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Holy Land peace requires justice, sacrifice, says patriarch

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WASHINGTON — Peace in the Holy Land will come only when all parties embrace justice and forgiveness and sacrifice for the good of all people, the Latin patriarch of Jerusalem said during a program at the United States Institute of Peace.

Patriarch Fouad Twal called for continued prayer so that Jews, Muslims and Christians understand that true peace entails more than talking about who’s right and who’s wrong.

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Scottish court rules midwives can’t object to overseeing abortions

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A Scottish court ruled that two senior Catholic midwives have no right to conscientiously object to overseeing staff involved in late-term abortions in a state-run hospital.

The Court of Session, Scotland’s supreme civil court, ruled that Mary Doogan, 57, and Concepta Wood, 51, could not invoke the conscience clause of the 1967 Abortion Act to opt out of their duties at Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital because they were not directly involved in performing the abortions.

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