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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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Indian bishops want charges dropped against Christian protesters

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BANGALORE, India — Meeting with the top government leader of the Karnataka state, 14 Catholic bishops called for the withdrawal of dozens of “false cases” against Christians protesting a series of 2008 attacks on three dozen churches.

Led by Archbishop Bernard Moras of Bangalore, the prelates urged Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda Oct. 28 to withdraw all pending cases against “innocent Christian youth, who are still made to suffer by going to the courts and are being harassed by the police investigations.”

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Schools must include religious education, pope says

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Pope prays for victims of flooding in Thailand, Italy

October 31st, 2011 Posted in International News Tags: , , ,

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By Carol Glatz

Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI expressed his concern for those hit by extreme flooding in Thailand and parts of Italy.

“I wish to express my closeness to the people hit by serious flooding in Thailand, as well as in Italy” where heavy rains caused extensive damage in parts of Liguria and Tuscany, he said after praying the Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square Oct. 30.

“I assure them of my prayers,” he said.

As of Oct. 31, more than 380 people were confirmed dead in Thailand as a result of flooding that began in the North in early August. The flooding has affected an estimated 2.8 million households.

Italy declared a state of emergency Oct. 28 after torrential rains killed at least nine people. Storms along the northwestern coast of Liguria and Tuscany triggered mudslides and flooding, which caused significant damage, news reports said.

 

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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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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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Manila’s new archbishop able to laugh at himself

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IMUS, Philippines — On a recent Sunday morning, Nemie Anciado squinted against the searing sun shining on the doorway of the crowded Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral.

Anciado, in his 60s, has been a longtime custodian at the cathedral, where Archbishop Luis Tagle served as bishop from 2001 until his recent appointment to his new post as head of the Manila Archdiocese.

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London Benedictines investigated over abuse cases

October 26th, 2011 Posted in International News Tags: , , ,

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LONDON — At the request of the Vatican, a bishop has conducted a review of child protection procedures at a Benedictine abbey following a number of high-profile child abuse cases.

Auxiliary Bishop John Arnold of Westminster and Abbot Richard Yeo, president of the English Benedictine Congregation, conducted the apostolic visitation at Ealing Abbey and the neighboring St, Benedict’s School during September.

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Pope asks Christians to help world’s migrants

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VATICAN CITY — Christians need to offer migrants special care, ranging from prayer and concrete aid to promoting policies that uphold immigrants’ rights and dignity, Pope Benedict XVI said.

Modern migration represents “an unprecedented mingling of individuals and peoples, with new problems not only from the human standpoint but also from ethical, religious and spiritual ones,” he said.

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Catholic students at Jesuit house help Thai flood victims

October 25th, 2011 Posted in International News Tags: , , ,

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BANGKOK — Catholic university students and staff used the Jesuit residence, Xavier Hall, as a base for relief efforts for flood victims on the outskirts of the capital.

About 30 students from the Catholic Undergraduate Center of Thailand joined hundreds of other volunteers at two relief centers in Don Muang and Chatuchak sections of the city, reported the Asian church news agency UCA News.

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