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Pope Benedict decries growing Christianophobia in Europe

December 16, 2010

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Pope Benedict voiced the Catholic Church's deep concern over "hostility and prejudice" against Christianity in Europe on Thursday, saying creeping secularism was just as bad as religious fanaticism. In the message for the Roman Catholic Church's World Day of Peace, marked on Jan. 1, he also reiterated recent condemnations of lack of religious freedom in countries in the Middle East where Christians are a minority, such as Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

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Lively debate among Catholics interpreting pope’s condom remarks

November 24, 2010

papaPope Benedict's surprising view that condoms can sometimes be used to fight AIDS has kindled a lively debate among Roman Catholic theologians and commentators about whether this amounts to a change in Church thinking.

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Pope in Spain urges Europe to keep spiritual roots

By Reuters Staff
November 6, 2010

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Pope Benedict, on a lightning trip to Spain, urged Europe on Saturday to re-discover God and its Christian heritage and also denounced the country's liberal abortion laws.

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IVF spawns host of ethical issues

October 4, 2010

embryosIn vitro fertilization (IVF), the pioneering technique that won Robert Edwards the 2010 Nobel Prize for medicine, opened up a wealth of scientific options and a Pandora's box of ethical dilemmas.

Pope’s visit both punctual and provident

By Madeleine Teahan
September 14, 2010

POPE/ – Madeleine Teahan is a speaker for the Catholic Voices project. The opinions expressed are her own -

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Uncertain leadership in Vatican as abuse crisis rages

April 18, 2010

Rain clouds over St. Peter's Basilica, 12 Dec 2008/Chris Helgren

Rain clouds over St. Peter's Basilica, 12 Dec 2008/Chris Helgren

When countries are threatened or institutions are in trouble, they look to their leaders to show the way out of the crisis. 

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Focus turns to pope as German, Dutch sex abuse scandals unfold

March 11, 2010

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Pope Benedict XVI in the Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, 2 Feb 2010/Max Rossi

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Pope says gay marriage threat to creation

January 11, 2010

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Argentinans exchange rings in Ushuaia, 28 Dec 2009

Pope Benedict on Tuesday linked the Roman Catholic Church's opposition to gay marriage to concern about the environment, suggesting that laws undermining the differences between the sexes were threats to creation.

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Malaysia’s “Allah” row spills over into Facebook

January 4, 2010

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The word "Allah" in a Malay-language Catholic newspaper, 29 Dec 2009/Bazuki Muhammad

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Muslims, Catholics rap Senegal prez over Stalinist-style tribute to Africa

January 4, 2010

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African Renaissance monument under construction, 19 August 2009/Finbarr O'Reilly