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  • Pope heads to Bosnia as 'brother messenger of peace'

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis said he will dedicate his one-day visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina to encouraging a minority Catholic community in the faith, fostering ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, and calling for peace and harmony after the ...

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  • Bishops in eastern Congo say they face 'genocide ... Balkanization'

    BUKAVU, Congo (CNS) -- Bishops from eastern Congo criticized the failure of their government and the United Nations to act against "genocide, jihadist fundamentalism and Balkanization" in the country, which is widely considered Africa's most Catholic. "For ...

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Irish archbishop distances himself from U.S. cardinal's same-sex remarks


DUBLIN (CNS) -- The head of the Irish bishops' conference distanced himself from comments made by U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke concerning Irish voters who backed same-sex marriage. Reacting to the May 22 poll, in which voters supported same-sex marriage by a margin of 62 percent to 38 percent, Cardinal Burke told the Newman Society, Oxford University's Catholic Society: "It's just incredible. ... Pagans may have tolerated homosexual behaviors, they never dared say this was marriage."

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Pope heads to Bosnia as 'brother messenger of peace'


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis said he will dedicate his one-day visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina to encouraging a minority Catholic community in the faith, fostering ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, and calling for peace and harmony after the devastations of war.

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Monks record sacred music that is 'part of air we breathe,' says one


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Once again the hills are filled with the sound of music, only this time the music soars from Benedictine monks rather than the Von Trapp Family. In Norcia, Italy, about 70 miles northeast of Rome, there is an international community of monks who operate a craft brewery and spend hours a day chanting the Mass and the Divine Office.

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