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Dissident priest ?stripped of title

VATICAN CITY (AP) – An Austrian Catholic dissident priest said Friday the Vatican has stripped him of the right to use the title "monsignor" in an apparent act of censure for his campaign challenging church teachings that priests must be celibate and excluding woman from the priesthood.

The Rev. Helmut Schueller said he had been informed the title had been revoked, but that "the title for me was not so important. I can live with it."

He remains a priest.

The Vatican declined to comment.

Schueller earlier this month told the Austrian News Agency that he was working on making his reformist Pfarrer-Initiative more international in 2013, with interest from Germany, Ireland, France, Australia and the United States.

Schueller said he has reached out to involve the Vatican in discussions about reforms.


U.N. climate chief urges? personal responsibility

DOHA, Qatar (AP) – The United Nations climate chief is urging people not to look solely to their governments to make tough decisions to slow global warming, and instead to consider their own role in solving the problem.

Approaching the halfway point of two-week climate talks in Doha, Christiana Figueres, the head of the U.N.'s climate change secretariat, said Friday that she didn't see "much public interest, support, for governments to take on more ambitious and more courageous decisions."

"Each one of us needs to assume responsibility. It's not just about domestic governments," she said. Her comments came as negotiators from nearly 200 countries were struggling to prepare draft agreements on how to move forward on greenhouse emissions cuts.

Some delegates worried that gains made at last year's climate talks in Durban, South Africa, were at risk of unraveling, as rich and poor nations bickered over how to pull the world away from a path of potentially dangerous warming.

Research presented Friday indicated that some countries, including the United States, are unlikely to meet their current, voluntary, emissions pledges unless they step up their climate efforts.


Rowling, others back regulation of press

LONDON (AP) – Victims of press intrusion, including writer J.K. Rowling, urged Britain's political leaders Friday to fully implement a judge's recommendations on regulating the country's often unruly newspapers.

Rowling, who was one of dozens of people who gave evidence about press intrusion last year during a media ethics inquiry, said that she was "alarmed and dismayed" by Prime Minister David Cameron's lukewarm response to Lord Justice Brian Leveson's report, published Thursday to conclude the probe.

Leveson's 2,000-page report concluded that Britain's press sometimes "wreaked havoc with the lives of innocent people," and recommended the print media be regulated by a new body enshrined in law. Cameron said he welcomed the proposal, but was reluctant to set down new laws to back a press regulator because such a move could threaten freedom of the press.

Rowling said she feared nothing will change to hold the press to account.