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  • OTTAWA, Canada, JULY 6, 2011.- A human person is much more than a sexual orientation or an identification with the homosexual or heterosexual lifestyle, say the bishops of Canada.

    The Commission for Doctrine of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) stated this in a pastoral letter released June 27 on the issue of ministering to "adolescents and young adults who question their sexual identity or experience feelings of same sex attraction."

  • ROME, JUNE 6, 2011 - Among the tools to make the new evangelization a reality, shrines and pilgrimage sites can have a key role, says one Vatican official.

    Archbishop Antonio Vegliò, president of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers, offered this proposal Friday in an address on “The Role of Sanctuaries in the New Evangelization in Europe.” The archbishop was on a six-day tour of Hungary, at the invitation of Bishop János Székely, a Hungarian episcopal conference official for ministry to migrants and travelers.

  • MADRID, Spain, JUNE 3, 2011.- The World Youth Day set this August in Madrid will be the beginning of a deep "moral renewal of society," suggests the archbishop of the host city, Cardinal Antonio Rouco.

    The cardinal told to PALABRA magazine in an interview published this week that organizers expect "between half a million and a million" to participate in the Aug. 16-21 youth day, although "in the central events ... that number will be considerably surpassed."