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Vatican Praises UN Vote on Palestine (Catholic News Service)
05 Dec 2012 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican praised a United Nations vote making Palestine a non-member observer state but called for full recognition of Palestinian sovereignty as necessary for peace in the region.  Read more...
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Palestinians Celebrate UN Vote (Catholic News Service)
05 Dec 2012 – JERUSALEM (CNS) — In the West Bank, church bells rang at the midnight announcement that the U.N. General Assembly had voted to grant Palestinians observer status.  Read more...
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Indian Lay Martyr Beatified (Catholic News Service)
05 Dec 2012 – BANGALORE, India (CNS) — The life of Blessed Devasahayam Pillai, an 18th-century Catholic layman who was martyred for refusing to refute his faith despite being brutally tortured, was held up as an example for all Christians to embrace.  Read more...
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29 Nov 2012 – BEIRUT (CNS) — When Syrian refugees arrive in Lebanon, help begins with a phone call to the U.N. refugee agency — if they can get through.  Read more...
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Seminarians in the Holy Land (Catholic News Service)
29 Nov 2012 – BEIT JALLA, West Bank (CNS) — After a morning of visits to Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity and a local Catholic parish, U.S. Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien was overcome with emotion during his meeting with seminarians at the Latin Patriarchate seminary.  Read more...
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Eastern Catholic Cardinals (Catholic News Service)
27 Nov 2012 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Recalling that Christ’s mission transcends “all ethnic, national and religious particularities,” Pope Benedict XVI created six new cardinals from four different continents, representing the Latin rite of the Catholic Church as well as two Eastern Catholic Churches.  Read more...
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Holy Land Pilgrimage (Catholic News Service)
27 Nov 2012 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — On the eve of his first trip to the Holy Land as grand master of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher, Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien said he hoped to encourage the region’s Christian minority with a message of solidarity from Pope Benedict XVI and other Catholics in the West.  Read more...
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Catholic Aid to Syrian Refugees (Catholic News Service)
27 Nov 2012 – ISTANBUL (CNS) — Many Syrian families fleeing war in their homeland and stranded in Turkey are desperate to provide a sense of normalcy for their children despite the chaos and upheaval of war, said the head of an emergency mission of the U.S. bishops’ Catholic Relief Services.  Read more...


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