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Christians Overlooked in Holy Land, Says Priest

ROME, SEPT. 30, 2005 ( Western governments are ignoring the plight of Christians amid an upsurge in violence and harassment in the Holy Land, says the director of the Pastoral Biblical Center in Jerusalem.

Quebec Native Is Named Bishop in Honduras

OTTAWA, SEPT. 30, 2005 ( Benedict XVI has established the Diocese of Yoro, in Honduras, and appointed Father Jean-Louis Giasson, 65, of Quebec as its first bishop.

Pact Clears Way for Catholic University in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, SEPT. 28, 2005 ( Church and government representatives have signed an agreement for the establishment of an international Catholic university in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital.

Mariology Symposium to Focus on Compassion

VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 28, 2005 ( Compassion and its presence in the life of Mary of Nazareth will be the focus of the 15th International Mariological Symposium, to be held Oct. 4-7 in Rome.

Presidents of European Episcopates to Meet

ROME, SEPT. 28, 2005 ( The 34 presidents of the European bishops’ conferences will seek to identify the key strategies of evangelization that their respective conferences will pursue.