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by Dennis Coday

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The World Wide Web -- Ratcheting up their fight against anti-piracy bills in Congress, internet companies haul out thier most potent weapon: blacking out thousands of web sites.

Nigeria -- Nigeria Christmas church bomb suspect escapes

The 2012 presidential race -- Baptist Perry pointedly praises Santorum as 'good Catholic'

Vatican City -- Vatican’s Chinese Archbishop Appeals for Release of Catholic Priests in China

Minnesota -- Vigil held for Minnesota couple missing after cruise ship wreck. Members of St. Pius X Catholic Church of White Bear Lake, the retired couple were on a 16-day Italian vacation that included the cruise and a trip to the Vatican, friends said.

Fall out from Philly Catholic school closings: Editorial: Archdiocese has little faith in Catholics. Blue Ribbon commission made no site visits, this editorial says.

Kenya -- Catholic Church Launches Use of New Roman Missal

Italy -- Pressure mounts on Catholic Church to pay more property tax

Netherlands -- Prime Minister Mark Rutte has been accused of giving victims of sexual abuse false hope. Many cases happened too long ago for them to qualify for prosecution now under Dutch law.

NCR's sister publication, Celebration, posts reflections on each day's Scripture reading. Here's a link: You may want to bookmark it. It's a great way to begin the day.

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