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Sister Jeannine Gramick, left, and Francis DeBernardo, of Catholic gay rights group New Ways Ministry, at the Vatican Wednesday, (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Sister Jeannine Gramick, left, and Francis DeBernardo, of Catholic gay rights group New Ways Ministry, at the Vatican Wednesday, (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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Gay Catholics get Vatican welcome, but no papal shout-out

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican did something it has never done before by giving a group of U.S. gay and lesbian Catholics VIP seats at Pope Francis' weekly general audience Wednesday.

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Pope Francis is followed by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI during a special consistory at the Vatican, Saturday.  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis is followed by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI during a special consistory at the Vatican, Saturday. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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Pope Francis tells new cardinals to avoid pride, jealousy, anger

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis welcomed 20 new cardinals Saturday into the elite club of churchmen who will elect his successor and immediately delivered a tough-love message to them, telling them to put aside their pride, jealousy and self-interests and instead exercise perfect charity.

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Pope Francis is seen on a giant screen during his video address to a session of 500 experts drafting the so-called Milan Charter. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Pope Francis is seen on a giant screen during his video address to a session of 500 experts drafting the so-called Milan Charter. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
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Pope emphasizes right to food in address to 500 experts

MILAN (AP) -- Pope Francis emphasized the right to food as fundamental in a video address Saturday to 500 experts starting work on a wide-ranging document aimed at raising awareness and proposing solutions to issues including hunger, obesity and food waste.

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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: Catholics don’t have to breed ‘like rabbits’

Pope Francis is firmly upholding church teaching banning contraception, but said Monday that Catholics don't have to breed "like rabbits" and should instead practice "responsible parenting."

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Pope Francis waves to the faithful on his arrival in Tacloban, Philippines, as rain drips from the roof of his vehicle Saturday. st round in Lima, Peru, failed to reach an agreement.
Pope Francis waves to the faithful on his arrival in Tacloban, Philippines, as rain drips from the roof of his vehicle Saturday. st round in Lima, Peru, failed to reach an agreement.
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Pope’s climate-change stand deepens conservatives’ distrust

NEW YORK (AP) -- Conservative distrust of Pope Francis, which has been building in the U.S. throughout his pontificate, is reaching a boiling point over his plan to urge action on climate change - and to do so through a document traditionally used for the most important papal teachings.

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Pope Francis, left, baptizes a baby at the Vatican, Sunday.  (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, pool)
Pope Francis, left, baptizes a baby at the Vatican, Sunday. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, pool)
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Pope says concern for poor is Gospel, not communism

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis is insisting that his concern for the poor and critique of the global economic system isn't some novel, communist-inspired ideology but rather the original and core "touchstone" of the Christian faith.

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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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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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