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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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New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan
New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan (NBC)
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Cardinal Dolan: 30 percent of NY parishes to merge

NEW YORK (AP) -- Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Sunday announced plans for the merger of almost a third of the parishes in the Archdiocese of New York, one of the largest reorganizations in the archdiocese.

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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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Pope Francis  arrives at the morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Saturday. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis arrives at the morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Saturday. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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Bishops revise Vatican document on gays, expect approval

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Catholic bishops predicted widespread approval Saturday of a revised document laying out the church's position on gays, sex, marriage and divorce, saying the report is a "balanced" reflection of church teaching and pastoral demands.

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Nuns sing during a beatification ceremony for Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich at Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart n Newark. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Nuns sing during a beatification ceremony for Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich at Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart n Newark. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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New Jersey nun credited with cure beatified in Newark rite

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey nun credited with curing a boy's eye disease moved a step closer to sainthood Saturday in what church officials said was the first beatification Mass held in the United States.

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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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Nun credited with curing boy will be beatified in Newark

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- More than 80 years after her death, a New Jersey nun credited with curing a boy's eye disease is set to be beatified on Saturday.

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Pope Francis drinks from a mate gourd, a traditional South American cup, as he arrived for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square Wednesday. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis drinks from a mate gourd, a traditional South American cup, as he arrived for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square Wednesday. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics divides cardinals

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The battle lines are being drawn before a major church meeting on family issues that represents a key test for Pope Francis.

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Pope Francis celebrates the Angelus noon prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's square, at the Vatican, Sunday, July 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Pope Francis celebrates the Angelus noon prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's square, at the Vatican, Sunday, July 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
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Pope to sex abuse victims: I beg your forgiveness

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis begged forgiveness Monday from the victims of clergy sex abuse as he held his first meeting with several abuse survivors. He also promised to hold bishops accountable for the protection of minors.

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Pope Francis
Pope Francis (Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
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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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