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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 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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Vatican policeman subdues Ukrainian feminist after she snatched the  Baby Jesus from a Nativity scene and bared her breasts in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.  (AP Photo, File)
Vatican policeman subdues Ukrainian feminist after she snatched the Baby Jesus from a Nativity scene and bared her breasts in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (AP Photo, File)
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Woman who bared breasts in Vatican square is freed

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Holy See has released a Ukrainian activist who bared her breasts in St. Peter's Square on Christmas Day and snatched the statue of Baby Jesus from the Vatican's outdoor Nativity scene.

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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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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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The head of Pontifical Academy for Life Monsignor Ignacio Carrasco De Paula attends a press conference at the Vatican.  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, Files)
The head of Pontifical Academy for Life Monsignor Ignacio Carrasco De Paula attends a press conference at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, Files)
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Vatican official condemns assisted suicide

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican's top bioethics official calls `'reprehensible" the suicide of an American woman suffering terminal brain cancer who stated she wanted to die with dignity.

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