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28 Oct 2011 – ASSISI, Italy (CNS) — 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.   Read more...
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27 Oct 2011 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI prayed that his interreligious pilgrimage to Assisi would promote dialogue among believers of different faiths and help the world move toward peace and reconciliation.  Read more...
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Pope Prays for Turkey’s Quake Victims (Catholic News Service)
27 Oct 2011 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI offered prayers for the victims of Turkey’s magnitude 7.2 earthquake as Catholic aid agencies worked to support the tens of thousands of victims left homeless in temperatures that approached freezing each night.  Read more...
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Melkite Archbishop Visits Canada (Catholic News Service)
26 Oct 2011 – OTTAWA, Ontario (CNS) — Years ago, Melkite Archbishop Elias Chacour flew to Washington, D.C., to make an unannounced visit to the home of then-Secretary of State James Baker.  Read more...
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Maronite Patriarch Visits United States (Catholic News Service)
25 Oct 2011 – NEW YORK (CNS) — Unless Middle Eastern countries support religious freedom and respect human rights, the “Arab spring” movement will devolve into an “Arab winter,” said Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai.  Read more...
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Catholics Recall Gadhafi’s Brutality (Catholic News Service)
25 Oct 2011 – BEIRUT (CNS) — Catholic leaders said they could not rejoice at the death of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, but they recalled some of his more brutal moments and speculated on the future of Christians in the region.  Read more...
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25 Oct 2011 – ISTANBUL (CNS) — A team from Caritas offices in Turkey was headed east to assess needs in the region hit by the Oct. 23 earthquake.  Read more...
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21 Oct 2011 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Jewish groups have called on the Vatican to suspend reconciliation talks with a traditionalist group after one of its bishops argued that the Jewish people were responsible for the death of Jesus.  Read more...


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