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Pope decries hedonism denigrating women

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI called for an end to prostitution and pornography, saying the practices denigrate women and represent “a serious lack of humanity.”

The pope made the remarks as he welcomed Reinhard Schweppe as Germany’s ambassador to the Holy See Nov. 7. The pope’s talk focused on the church’s role in defending human dignity.

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Pope urges Germany to defend all human life

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VATICAN CITY — After the Nazi atrocities of the World War II, Germany’s new constitution recognized the dignity of each human being, a value that is starting to be questioned in the country, Pope Benedict XVI said.

“Only a society that respects and unconditionally defends the dignity of every person from conception to natural death can call itself a humane society,” the pope said Nov. 7 as he welcomed Reinhard Schweppe as Germany’s new ambassador to the Holy See.

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Pope condemns violence in Nigeria

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI appealed for an end to violence in Nigeria and prayed for victims of the most recent wave of civil conflict there.

“I am following with concern the tragic incidents that have occurred in recent days in Nigeria. As I pray for the victims, I call for an end to all violence, which never solves problems, but only increases them, sowing hatred and division even among believers,” the pope said.

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Vatican’s ecumenist assesses progress, ‘ecumenism of martyrs’

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WASHINGTON — The Vatican’s top ecumenist offered a frank assessment of recent ecumenical progress and future prospects in a Washington talk Nov. 3.

Cardinal Kurt Koch, the Swiss-born president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, said different types of divisions affect Catholic relations with the Orthodox churches and with those that were born from the Protestant Reformation, but both can be resolved with dialogue.

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Accountability needed for sex abuse prevention, says Vatican official

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VATICAN CITY — Child abuse prevention policies will never work without accountability and an unwavering commitment to children’s welfare, said the Vatican’s top investigator of clerical sex abuse.

“No strategy for the prevention of child abuse will ever work without commitment and accountability,” especially from the world’s bishops, said Msgr. Charles Scicluna, promoter of justice for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

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Resurrection is not symbol, but reality, pope says

November 3rd, 2011 Posted in Vatican News Tags: ,

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VATICAN CITY — Christ’s resurrection is not a mere symbol of life and renewal but is the true source of a love that conquers the power of death, Pope Benedict XVI said.

“The abyss of death is filled by another abyss of even greater depth, that of God’s love, so that death no longer has any power over Jesus Christ nor over those who, through their faith and baptism, are tied to him,” he said during a memorial Mass Nov. 3.

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Physicists at Vatican discuss nature of universe

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VATICAN CITY — World-renown physicists, who study everything from imperceptible particles to the expanding cosmos, came together for a Vatican-sponsored conference on the “new frontier of physics” — the sub-nuclear world of electrons, hadrons and neutrinos.

From the ancient Greeks to the Nobel Prize-winning scientists of today, humanity has sought to delve into the nature and origin of matter and discover the basic building blocks of the universe.

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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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Schools must include religious education, pope says

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All Saints’ Day points to church as the communion of saints, pope says

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VATICAN CITY — The feast of All Saints calls on Catholics to see the church as the communion of saints — as Christ meant it to be — and not to focus on it as an earthly institution with members who sometimes sin, Pope Benedict XVI said.

“We are called to see the church, not in its temporal and human aspect, marked by fragility, but as Christ wanted it, that is, as the communion of saints,” the pope said Nov. 1 before reciting the Angelus for the feast of All Saints.

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