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Berlin film festival: Racy von Trier film, film on radical Catholics, paired in Berlin -- German-made "Kreuzweg" (Stations of the Cross) is about a Catholic family bringing up their daughter in a strict religious environment

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Catholics unite on campuses across Canada for “Proclaim Integrity with Justice Weekend."

Ireland: Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin says The teaching of the church could be used "in a homophobic way." The church has to be very careful that this was not done in the forthcoming debate on the same-sex referendum.

Missouri's Michael Sam on path to be first openly gay NFL player

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Cardinal Schönborn: Pope Francis has already changed church

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