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Republicans, Democrats play political dare ahead of more fiscal talks this week

At least 3 European countries summon ambassadors over new Israel settlements

Missouri Bishop Finn’s Conviction Leaves Clergy Divided

United Kingdom -- Two senior bishops, one Anglican and one Catholic, have written a public letter to Foreign Secretary William Hague urging fresh thinking about Israel-Palestine.

Manila, Philippines -- On the eve of President Benigno Aquino III's meeting with lawmakers over the Reproductive Health bill, a Catholic Church official on Sunday called on pro-life groups to use the "weapons" of prayer and fasting against the measure.

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Manila, Philippines -- Bishops want congress to use roll call vote, not voice vote when voting on the the Reproductive Health bill. People shoul know who voted what way, they say.

Walter Sullivan, the former Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, has been diagnosed with liver cancer.

Springfield, Mass. -— The Rev. Douglas J. Fisher — a former Roman Catholic priest who was convinced by friends to return to the ministry by becoming a cleric in the Episcopal Church — has been consecrated as the ninth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts.

Calgary, Canada -- Historic links remain 100 years after birth of Calgary Catholic Diocese

New rules aim to beef up Catholic identity of church charities

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