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Ray’s Heroes of the Day: Make a Wish Foundation sends Freehold girl to meet the Pope

Something as serious and debilitating as stage-4 neuroblastoma, a cancer of the nerve cells, is no match for the faith of 11 year old Gracie West of Freehold.

Her faith is strong and her attitude positive – so much so that despite 9 rounds of chemotherapy, her fondest wish was to see Pope Francis in Rome

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Pope Francis prays before a statue of the Virgin Mary, on the occasion of the Immaculate Conception feast, in Rome, Monday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis prays before a statue of the Virgin Mary, on the occasion of the Immaculate Conception feast, in Rome, Monday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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Vatican seeks change in pastoral approach to gays and divorcees

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican set the stage Tuesday for Pope Francis' next church meeting on the family, urging bishops to be guided not just by doctrine but by Francis' message of mercy and the "turning point" of the first meeting that sought to provide better pastoral care for gays and divorcees.

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Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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Pope Francis tells theologians: Listen to ordinary faithful

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis urged the Catholic Church's top theologians on Friday to listen to what ordinary Catholics have to say and pay attention to the "signs of the times," rather than just making pronouncements in an academic vacuum.

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Pope Francis waves to journalists as he stands by Istanbul Mufti Rahmi Yaran upon their arrival to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday.  (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Pope Francis waves to journalists as he stands by Istanbul Mufti Rahmi Yaran upon their arrival to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
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Pope Francis visits iconic religious sites in Istanbul

ISTANBUL (AP) -- His head bowed and hands clasped in front of him, Pope Francis on Saturday stood in two minutes of silent prayer facing east inside one of Istanbul's most important religious sites, as he shifted gears toward more religious affairs on the second leg of his three-day visit to the mainly Muslim nation.

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Pope Francis follows Turkish soldiers as they hold a wreath at the mausoleum of the Turkish republic's founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, in Ankara on Friday. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Pope Francis follows Turkish soldiers as they hold a wreath at the mausoleum of the Turkish republic's founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, in Ankara on Friday. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
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Pope calls for Muslim opposition to ISIS in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Pope Francis condemned the Islamic State assault on Christians and other religions minorities in Iraq and Syria, as he arrived Friday in Turkey to encourage Muslim leaders to take a stronger stand against extremists who twist religion to justify terrorism.

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Pope Francis at the two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Saturday, Oct. 18. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis at the two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Saturday, Oct. 18. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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Pope removes hard-line US cardinal from key Vatican post

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- American Cardinal Raymond Burke, a fervent opponent of abortion and gay marriage, has been removed by Pope Francis from another top Vatican post.

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Pope to go to Turin to view ‘Holy Shroud’ burial icon

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Shroud of Turin, the burial cloth some believe covered Jesus, will go back on public display next year.

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Pope Francis with participants of the Global Meeting of Popular Movements, at the Vatican Monday.  (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)
Pope Francis with participants of the Global Meeting of Popular Movements, at the Vatican Monday. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)
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Pope: Advocacy for poor is ‘Gospel’ mission, not communism

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis delivered an off-the-cuff, mini-encyclical on the rights of the poor, the injustices of unemployment, and the need for environmental protection Tuesday, saying he's not preaching communism but the Gospel.

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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, left, greets Pope Francis prior to the start of the beatification ceremony of Pope Paul VI.  (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, left, greets Pope Francis prior to the start of the beatification ceremony of Pope Paul VI. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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Pope Francis beatifies Pope Paul VI at end of ‘family issues’ synod

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis on Sunday beatified Pope Paul VI, concluding the remarkable meeting of bishops debating family issues that drew parallels to the tumultuous reforms of the Second Vatican Council which Paul oversaw and implemented.

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Pope Francis, right, arrives with bishops and cardinals to attend an afternoon session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis, right, arrives with bishops and cardinals to attend an afternoon session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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Bishops reject welcome to gays, communion for divorced

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families.

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