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German Cardinal Walter Kasper, retired president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, arrives for the concluding session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican in October 2014. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 
Michael J. O’Loughlin
Cardinal Kasper rejected claims from some Catholics who accuse Pope Francis of undermining church teaching on marriage.
Sean Salai
Consider this: only Luke tells us the story of the Prodigal Son, the Good Samaritan and the Good Thief.
Ken Hackett, U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, is pictured in his office at the embassy in Rome Dec. 15. Hackett's last day as ambassador will be Jan. 20, when U.S. President-elect Donald J. Trump takes office. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis puts his credibility on the line not only in the foreign policy field, but also in the pastoral field, outgoing U.S. Vatican Ambassador Ken Hackett says.
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The future of the global Church is gathered in Poland this week to pray, fellowship and celebrate faith with Pope Francis.
Edward J. Weisenburger
The predatory loan industry’s lobby is powerful, and legislation is often gutted of any real power to protect the vulnerable.