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3. March 2010

4. March 2010

Appeal Accepted by ECHR

A five-judge panel at the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights accepted Tuesday an appeal filed by the Italian government to a November ruling that deemed crucifixes in public schools a violation of freedom.Arguing that the crucifix is a symbol of Italian culture, the government on Jan. 28 filed an appeal of the European Court ruling. The Grand Chamber’s acceptance of the appeal is the first step in the process; in the coming months, the chamber will give its ruling in a final judgement. read more

Russian Orthodox and Catholic Church Meet in Poland

Participants discussed steps for strengthening relations between Eastern European countries.

They decided to establish a working committee to develop a joint document on reconciliation between these nations, highlighting the contribution of the Churches in this effort.

Participants proposed setting up a bilateral commission, and discussed themes for future dialogue. They suggested also including members of the Orthodox Church in Poland as well as the Catholic Church in Russia to participate in this commission. read more

Pontiff Will Visit Spain for Jacobean Year

Benedict XVI will visit Santiago de Compostela this Nov. 6 for the Jacobeo Holy Year, and go to Barcelona the next day to consecrate that city’s church of the Sagrada Familia. read more

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