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Pope picks 15 new cardinals from 14 nations

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis named 15 new cardinals Sunday, selecting them from 14 nations, including far-flung corners of the world such as Tonga, New Zealand, Cape Verde and Myanmar, to reflect the diversity of the church and its growth in places like Asia and Africa.

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Pope Francis asperses incense in front of a statue of Baby Jesus as he celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis asperses incense in front of a statue of Baby Jesus as he celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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Text of Pope Francis’ homily during Christmas Eve Mass

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican's official English-language translation of Pope Francis' prepared homily, to be delivered in Italian, during Christmas Eve Mass on Wednesday in St. Peter's Basilica. Spelling and style are the Vatican's.

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Pope Francis prays before a statue of the Virgin Mary, on the occasion of the Immaculate Conception feast, in Rome Dec. 8. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis prays before a statue of the Virgin Mary, on the occasion of the Immaculate Conception feast, in Rome Dec. 8. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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Pope issues blistering critique of Vatican bureaucracy

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has issued a blistering critique of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him. He has denounced how some lust for power at the expense of others, live hypocritical double lives and suffer from "spiritual Alzheimer's" that has made them forget they're supposed to be joyful men of God.

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Gracie West - Youtube
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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 Dec. 8. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis prays before a statue of the Virgin Mary, on the occasion of the Immaculate Conception feast, in Rome Dec. 8. (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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