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Catholic church leaders prepare for grilling by UN human rights panel

The leadership of the Roman Catholic church faces a fresh grilling by UN human rights observers on Monday as a delegation from the Holy See makes its debut appearance before the Committee Against Torture (CAT) in Geneva. Three months after the Vatican railed against the…

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UN Hauls In The Vatican Before Torture Panel

The United Nations Committee Against Torture is calling upon a holy subject to testify and defend themselves against claims of human rights abuse — the Vatican. The UN torture panel is investigating the Vatican’s alleged role in doing little to prevent regimes that flagrantly abused…

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Facing fresh UN grilling, Vatican envoy pushes back

Ahead of what’s likely to be another grilling tomorrow by United Nations officials over child sexual abuse, as well as matters such as abortion and homosexuality, the Vatican’s senior envoy in Geneva is projecting bravado. “We can take a few knocks, especially for the sake…

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The specter of a Church of the United Nations

On Monday in Geneva, the United Nations Committee Against Torture will consider the Holy See’s initial report relating to its compliance with the Convention Against Torture or Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Though focusing significantly on the tragic and, in the words…

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Vatican to UN: Don’t equate sexual abuse of minors with torture

As Vatican representatives prepare to testify before a United Nations inquiry into torture next week, a senior official warned investigators that it would be “deceptive” to link torture with the pedophilia scandals that have swept the Catholic Church. The Vatican’s chief spokesman, the Rev. Federico…

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Holy See warns against ideological agenda in UN torture hearing

Ahead of a report to the U.N. on an anti-torture agreement next week, the Holy See has emphasized its commitment against torture, and warned against the hearing being reduced to a “tool of ideological pressure.” “The Holy See also proposes important teaching with regard to…

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The Coming Ideological Use and Abuse of a United Nations Committee?

For the past several days in the Eternal City, I’ve watched as people with varying degrees of interest and devotion stream in and out of St. Peter’s Square. The pope fascinates them by joy, by beauty. Whether or not all realize that Christ and Church…

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‘El Papa Viajero,’ The Pope That Traveled All The Way To Our Hearts

El Papa Viajero, or the traveling Pope, Juan Pablo II, will be canonized in Rome on April 27th. Shortly after his election in 1978, he embarked on the first of 104 foreign trips, in which he logged more than 725,000 miles. Some of the largest…

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Papal canonizations a lesson in subtle art of Catholic politics

When the late Popes John XXIII and John Paul II are declared saints on Sunday, the Vatican ceremony will be both a spiritual event for Roman Catholicism and a lesson in the subtle politics of the world’s largest church. Most of the world’s 1.2 billion…

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Ads bring Church’s message to mainstream NY radio

Lay Catholics on the East Coast have teamed up with a prominent cardinal to create ads for secular radio proclaiming the Church’s message to an audience who may not otherwise hear it. “This is an incredible opportunity to have listeners on a secular news radio…

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