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CURRENT ISSUE:  August 7, 2006VOL. 44, NO. 14Oakland, CA

PhotoCrisis escalates in Mideast conflict
Pope, patriarchs call for cease-fire
Pope Benedict XVI renewed his appeal for an immediate cease-fire in the Middle East, saying nothing could justify the shedding of innocent blood, particularly the blood of so many children. >>>

Catholic agencies rush to send aid to war’s victims
Catholic relief organizations are working against time, battling shortages of food, water and fuel, and treacherous conditions to bring emergency supplies and assistance to thousands of people impacted by the current conflict in the Middle East. >>>

New high school to be named for John Paul II
The long-held dream of a Catholic high school in the Tri-Valley area is inching closer to reality and might open as early as the fall of 2008. >>>


Official denounces easy access to morning-after pill
A move by the Food and Drug Administration toward making the morning-after pill available over the counter could damage women’s health and put more pressure on pharmacists conscientiously opposed to dispensing the drug . . . >>>



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