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 March 5 - As church attendance drops, Europe's most Catholic country seeks modern pope
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Polish Catholics are hoping for a new pope with fresh vision. In Poland, widely considered the most Catholic country in Europe, the church has been plagued by dwindling attendance, surging secularism and increasing alienation among young people. And, as in other parishes around the world, priests in the Polish Catholic Church are facing allegations of sexual abuse. These abuses, often concealed, are seriously damaging the church - especially because critics say the Catholic leaders in Poland are not dealing aggressively with the problem.

Growing secularism is another issue the Polish Catholic Church faces. Church observers say the Vatican must focus on contemporary issues and that there needs to be a Christian renewal to counter the secularism.

"Benedict XVI's thinking was shaped by the problems of the 20th century," said Zbigniew Nosowski, editor-in-chief of the Catholic monthly Wiez. "But now we need a pope who will help us face the rapidly emerging problems of the 21st century."

Nosowski said the church lacked a strategy to deal with mounting contemporary problems throughout Benedict's papacy. He foresees the church accepting a married priesthood this century as a way to counteract the decline in men seeking the priesthood. "We will need more priests to fulfill our basic ritual demands - like performance of the Eucharist," he said.

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 March 3 - Plague of locusts afflicts Egypt
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

An enormous swarm of locusts is plaguing Egypt, in a development that agricultural authorities admitted they failed to predict.

Egyptian Agricultural Minister Salah Abad Almoman said the swarm, comprising an estimated 30 million insects, descended on Giza, near southern Cairo, where it is causing great damage.

"The armed forces and the Egyptian border units are trying to battle the swarm with various means at their disposal," Almoman said, according to a report in Maariv, but the report did not detail what action was taken. The minister appealed to local residents to refrain from attempting to deal with the ravenous horde themselves.

A ministry official said crop-spraying aircraft will be deployed to tackle the insects, which are a seasonal phenomenon in Egypt - albeit not in such large quantities.

Almoman said strong winds predicted for the coming days are expected to blow the insects in the direction of Saudi Arabia and the Red Sea. Although winds usually take the insects past Israel, in 2004 a large swarm descended on Eilat and the surrounding area. It did not spread to the more fertile areas in the center and north of the country.

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 March 1 - Vatican Commission to Consider Christians and Muslims as 'Beacons of Hope'
 Ecumenical Movement - Roman Catholics Uniting With Other Religions

The Vatican's commission for relations with Muslims is set to discuss over the next four years the theme "Christians and Muslims: Beacons of Hope."

The commission concluded a three-day meeting Thursday. The group was founded by Pope Paul VI in 1974, and it works closely with the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. It includes eight Catholic experts in Christian-Muslim dialogue from countries as diverse as Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Italy, Germany, the UK and the United States.

In his opening remarks to the meeting, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, spoke of the turbulent history of Christian-Muslim relations since the birth of Islam in the 7th century, Vatican Radio reported. History, he said, "is not simply something from the past, but it influences positively or negatively our present and future." Christian and Muslim historians, he stressed, must work together to discern the truth of events, since "objectivity can open the way to asking and giving pardon."

Cardinal Tauran also emphasized three areas of discussion that deserve particular attention: First, the constant temptation to shift from interreligious to political dialogue. Second, the need for consistency between religious values and behavior, especially with respect for human dignity and human rights. Finally, the need for Christians, lay, religious and clergy, to receive a good formation for meeting believers of other religions, especially through interreligious dialogue.

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