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13 Jul 2012 – JERUSALEM (CNS) — Calls for academic boycotts against Israeli institutions of higher learning run counter to the tenets of academic freedom and dialogue, said the presidents of two American Catholic universities.  Read more...
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13 Jul 2012 – WARSAW, Poland (CNS) — The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Bosnia-Herzegovina called for renegotiation of the 1995 U.S.-brokered peace deal, which ended the country’s bloody four-year war.  Read more...
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Video: “First Take: Vatican” (Catholic News Service)
12 Jul 2012 – Pope Benedict XVI addresses an inter-faith orchestra of Israeli and Arab musicians following a concert in his honor on 11 July.   Read more...
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Pope Attends Interreligious Concert (Catholic News Service)
12 Jul 2012 – CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS) — Just as individual musicians in an orchestra turn dissonance into harmony through hard work, sacrifice and listening to one another, so, too, can the world’s people turn conflict into peace, said Pope Benedict XVI.  Read more...
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05 Jul 2012 – Pope Benedict XVI named a Spanish expert in Islam to the No. 2 post at the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.  Read more...
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05 Jul 2012 – JERUSALEM (CNS) — The designation of Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity as a UNESCO World Heritage site complicates relations between the three churches that oversee the holy site as well as relations between the Israeli and Palestinian communities, said a church official.  Read more...
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05 Jul 2012 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI will present a papal document addressing the church’s concerns in the Middle East, meet with representatives of local Christian and Muslim communities, and address political and cultural leaders on a three-day visit to Lebanon Sept. 14-16.  Read more...
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05 Jul 2012 – JERUSALEM (CNS) — New text in an exhibit at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial offers a less-critical assessment of the actions of Pope Pius XII in dealing with the Nazi persecution of Jews during World War II.  Read more...


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