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U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice stands next to Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theofilos III of Jerusalem during her visit to the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem Oct. 17. Rice lit a candle at the church and voiced hope that religion could be a force for reconciliation in the Middle East.

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CURRENT ISSUE:   October 8, 2007   •   VOL. 45, NO. 17   •   Oakland, CA


New pastoral plan takes shape

What does it take to build a vibrant Catholic diocese?
For Oakland, the answer includes five areas highlighted
in a new four-year pastoral plan . . . .

Diocese to fingerprint volunteers with
access to children and teens

The Diocese of Oakland has made a far-reaching
policy change that will bolster its protections
against child predators. Starting this month . . .

Honoring civil rights leaders

The late Father Bill O’Donnell has a
prominent place in the new 40-foot mural
in Berkeley’s Old City Hall. . .




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