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Vatican: Many Catholics ignore teachings on sex

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican admitted Thursday that most Catholics around the world reject its teachings about sex and contraception as an intrusion into their private lives, and are ignorant of other core doctrines about marriage, divorce and homosexuality.

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Does the Pope’s opinion about marijuana effect yours? [POLL]

Pope Francis has made it known that he is against marijuana. He told members of a drug-enforcement conference meeting in Rome on Friday that even limited attempts to legalize recreational drugs ‘are not only highly questionable from a legislative standpoint, but they fail to produce the desired effects.’”

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Pope Francis exchange gifts with the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra' Matthew Festing, during a private audience in the pontiff's private library at the Vatican, Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Claudio Peri, Pool)
Pope Francis exchange gifts with the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra' Matthew Festing, during a private audience in the pontiff's private library at the Vatican, Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Claudio Peri, Pool)
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Pope on legalizing recreational drugs: Just say no

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis condemned the legalization of recreational drugs as a flawed and failed experiment as he lent his voice Friday to a debate that is raging from the United States to Uruguay.

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Pope Francis flanked by Cardinal Agostino Vallini delivers his message on the occasion of the opening of Rome's Diocese Conference at the Vatican, Monday, June16, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis flanked by Cardinal Agostino Vallini delivers his message on the occasion of the opening of Rome's Diocese Conference at the Vatican, Monday, June16, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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Pope Hits Corruption Amid Italy’s Bribery Scandals

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis denounced corrupt politicians, businessmen and priests for the second day in a row Tuesday, scaling up his criticisms as prosecutors crack down on a series of bribery scandals afflicting several major public projects in Italy.

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Pope Francis is flanked by Israel's President Shimon Peres, left, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during an evening of peace prayers in the Vatican gardens, Sunday, June 8, 2014.(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis is flanked by Israel's President Shimon Peres, left, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during an evening of peace prayers in the Vatican gardens, Sunday, June 8, 2014.(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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Pope: Vatican Officials Balked at Mideast Peace Prayer

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis says 99 percent of Vatican officials initially opposed his idea of bringing the Israeli and Palestinian presidents together for a prayer summit, but eventually they came around.

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Pope Francis certified a miracle attributed to Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis certified a miracle attributed to Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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Pope Francis Shakes up Vatican Financial Watchdogs

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis ousted the all-Italian board of the Vatican's financial watchdog agency Thursday and installed a more international set of experts following clashes between the board and the agency's director.

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Pope Francis prays in front of the Western Wall, in Jerusalem's Old City, Monday, May 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Pope Francis prays in front of the Western Wall, in Jerusalem's Old City, Monday, May 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
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Pope, in Israel, Honors Victims of Holocaust and Terror

Pope Francis honored Jews killed in the Holocaust and in terrorist attacks, and kissed the hands of Holocaust survivors as he capped his three-day Mideast trip with poignant stops Monday at some of the holiest and most haunting sites for Jews.

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In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis is welcomed upon his arrival in Amman, Jordan, Saturday, May 24, 2014. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)
In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis is welcomed upon his arrival in Amman, Jordan, Saturday, May 24, 2014. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)
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Pope to Meet Sex Abuse Victims at Vatican

Pope Francis announced Monday he would meet soon with a group of sex abuse victims at the Vatican and declared "zero tolerance" for any member of the clergy who would violate a child.

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, left, receives Pope Francis upon his arrival at the Palestinian Authority headquarters in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Sunday, May 25, 2014.  (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, left, receives Pope Francis upon his arrival at the Palestinian Authority headquarters in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Sunday, May 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
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Palestinian Land Owners Appeal to Pope Francis

Juliette Bannoura hopes Pope Francis can save her family's four acres (1.6 hectares) of olive groves and other Palestinian-owned lands in the scenic Cremisan Valley south of Jerusalem from the path of Israel's separation barrier.

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Pope Francis prays at Israel's separation barrier on his way to a mass in Manger Square next to the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Sunday, May 25, 2014.  (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Pope Francis prays at Israel's separation barrier on his way to a mass in Manger Square next to the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Sunday, May 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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Israel, Palestinians Accept Vatican Invitation

Pope Francis took a dramatic plunge Sunday into Mideast politics while on his Holy Land pilgrimage, receiving an acceptance from the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to visit him at the Vatican next month to discuss embattled peace efforts.

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