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Halloween violates Church teaching, bishop claims

November 11, 2013

A Polish archbishop has cautioned that Halloween celebrations violate Church teaching and urged Catholics not to take part "even in playful form.

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Irish priests say gov't study of abuse was unfair

November 11, 2013

A new review of the work of the Murphy Commission that investigated clerical sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Dublin charges that priests did not get even-handed treatment and that the process it followed was unfair.

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Ethiopian development based on education

November 11, 2013

Ethiopian Church leaders are hoping education can help fight some cultural traditions, such as female circumcision and beliefs that epileptic children are possessed.

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Remembering the dead

November 11, 2013

A woman takes a nap near the grave of a relative at a cemetery in the town of Santa Maria Atzompa in the Mexican state of Oaxaca Nov. 1.

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Papal prayer

November 11, 2013

Pope Francis prays at the tomb of St. Peter inside St. Peter's Basilica

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Ganswein talks about serving two popes

November 4, 2013

Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the papal household and personal secretary to retired Pope Benedict XVI, said it’s a challenge serving two popes.

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Defend family, but don’t oppress women – bishop

November 4, 2013

The Catholic Church must defend the traditional family without perpetuating the subjugation of women or forcing them to bear the greatest burden for keeping the family going, said speakers at a Vatican conference.

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Marriage isn’t easy, but it’s beautiful – pope

November 4, 2013

The Catholic Church must help young people understand that marriage isn’t always easy, “but it is so beautiful,” Pope Francis said.

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Vatican secretary of state released from hospital

November 4, 2013

Ten days after he took office as Vatican secretary of state, Archbishop Pietro Parolin was released from the hospital Oct. 25, following surgery for an unspecified illness.

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God will help people avoid sin, says pope

November 4, 2013

Even though human beings are weak and imperfect, Christians can’t be lazy and wallow in sin, Pope Francis said.

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Royal parents urged to talk to the prince about Jesus

November 4, 2013

The leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion told the parents of the future British king to “make sure he knows who Jesus is.”

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German ‘luxury bishop’gets leave of absence

November 4, 2013

Pope Francis has authorized a leave of absence for a German bishop at the centre of controversy over expenditures for his residence and diocesan centre.

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Want to understand God? Get down on your knees

November 4, 2013

God’s love and the salvation offered in Jesus cannot be understood using intelligence alone and, in fact, trying to make it all reasonable can make one crazy, Pope Francis said.

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Religious heads push for better ties with Cuba

November 4, 2013

Religious leaders urged President Barack Obama in an Oct. 22 letter to step up efforts at normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba.

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Greed can destroy you, pope says in homily

November 4, 2013

Money by itself isn’t a problem, but greed and an attachment to money cause evil and destroy families and relationships, Pope Francis said.

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Manila cardinal apologizes for sins of Catholic Church

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle

November 4, 2013

Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle apologized for what he called the sins of the Catholic Church against non-Catholics and the poor.

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Pope meets kids

November 4, 2013

Pope Francis reacts to children as he addresses pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Oct. 26.

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Pope holds meeting with German 'luxury bishop'

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst

October 28, 2013

After giving a morning Mass homily on the virtue of poverty, Pope Francis held a private meeting Oct. 21 with a German bishop under fire for a massive building project that critics have denounced as extravagant.

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Papal Lenten retreat moved from Vatican

October 28, 2013

"As a good Jesuit," Pope Francis knows it is best not to try to make a retreat where one lives and works, so he has decided the annual papal Lenten retreat with Roman Curia officials will be held outside Rome, a Vatican spokesman said.

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Statue hangs on

statue

October 28, 2013

A statue of Christ hangs from a portion of the destroyed Our Lady of Light Church in Bohol, a day after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck central Philippines.

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