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was 'act of God.' What quip says about Michele Bachmann campaign.

Illinois Belleville Diocese May Close As Many As 20 Catholic Parishes? No choice but to downsize

Ind. school voucher program cheered, criticized. Nearly 70 percent of the vouchers approved statewide are for students opting to attend Catholic schools.

Chicago Archdiocese to release priest sex abuse files under settlement with victims

Ireland Abuse report into Raphoe diocese now delayed until October. Investigator says he needs more information from diocese.

Ireland Archbishop Martin defends controversial new Roman Missal. Gradual introduction begins Sunday Sept. 11.

Australia Professor says church suppressed child abuse report, seeking an inquiry into Salesians of Don Bosco.

Interfaith leaders to protest Keystone Pipeline at White House. Tarsands pipeline would strech from Alberta, Canada, to Texas.

Eight Vietnamese activists 'held for subversion',

The Sudan Council of Churches has dispatched peace teams to calm regions of Jonglei state in South Sudan. Humanitarian agencies say hundreds have died and more than 26,000 people have been displaced.

Ireland Minister defends planned abuse reporting law. Catholic heirarchy fears seal of confession under threat.

Philippines Turnover priest in rape case, Butuan bishop urged. Bishop has priest in his 'custody.'

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