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01 Feb 2012 – BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Bethlehem University is helping create a “culture of peace and life, and a civilization of love“ by bringing together students of different backgrounds, New York Cardinal-designate Timothy M. Dolan said during a visit to Bethlehem University.  Read more...
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31 Jan 2012 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican and the Palestine Liberation Organization are continuing talks aimed at a formal agreement regulating and promoting the presence and activity of the Catholic Church in the Palestinian territories.  Read more...
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30 Jan 2012 – Vatican and PLO leaders meet to discuss the church in the Holy Land, Pope Benedict releases doves for peace, and a Vatican official talks about priests’ attitudes during confession.  Read more...
30 Jan 2012 – 30 Jan 2012 – VATICAN CITY (VIS) – Made public today was a joint communique on a bilateral meeting between the Holy See and the Palestine Liberation Organisation, held in Ramallah on 28 January. The text of the English-language communique is given below.  Read more...
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13 Jan 2012 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Gunmen shooting at guards keeping watch over the archbishop’s residence in Kirkuk in northern Iraq triggered a firefight, leaving two of the gunmen dead and five policemen wounded.  Read more...
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11 Jan 2012 – JERUSALEM (CNS) — Almost a year after the eruption of the Arab Spring uprisings, the Middle East is a place of hope and fear for Christians, said Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz.  Read more...
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Pilgrims Baptized in Jordan River (Catholic News Service)
10 Jan 2012 – QASR EL-YEHUD, West Bank (CNS) With 8 year-old grandson Jamal in tow, Hajeh Mattar made her way across a wooden platform alongside the Jordan River. Her plan: to baptize him in the waters of the river at the traditional site of Jesus’ baptism.  Read more...
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06 Jan 2012 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI named 22 new cardinals, including two from the United States, and announced a consistory for their formal induction on Feb. 18.  Read more...


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