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    Vatican City, May 3, 2016 CNA.- Lead guitarist The Edge from Irish rock band sensation U2 played “the most beautiful parish hall in the world” this weekend – the Sistine Chapel. The performance, the first-ever rock concert in the historic ...

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U2's lead guitarist rocks Sistine Chapel in concert for a cure


Vatican City, May 3, 2016 CNA.- Lead guitarist The Edge from Irish rock band sensation U2 played “the most beautiful parish hall in the world” this weekend – the Sistine Chapel. The performance, the first-ever rock concert in the historic chapel, was given for about 200 doctors researchers who attended a conference at the Vatican last week on regenerative medicine. The conference discussed the use of adult stem cells to cure difficult and rare diseases such as cancer.

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Northern Ireland bishops urge voters to ask about abortion, poverty


DUBLIN (CNS) -- Northern Ireland's Catholic bishops urged Massgoers to support candidates opposed to legalizing abortion in elections to the region's power-sharing assembly May 5. In a wide-ranging pastoral statement ahead of the polls, the bishops also urged Catholics to lobby lawmakers about issues as diverse as climate change and the right of church-run organizations to receive government funding.

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Stop violence in Syria, punish child abusers worldwide, pope says


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Intensify dialogue, not violence, in order to push for peace in Syria, Pope Francis said. "I urge all parties involved in the conflict to respect the cease-fire and strengthen talks underway -- the only path that leads to peace," he said after reciting the "Regina Coeli" prayer with pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square May 1.

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Blood-red Trevi fountain a wake-up call on Christian persecution


Vatican City, Apr 30, 2016 CNA/EWTN News.- Illuminated by the red light that spilled across Rome’s Trevi fountain, voices from persecuted Christian communities across the world shared the stories of friends and loved ones killed for the faith, and urged the world to take greater action in putting the violence to an end.

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