Pope Francis greets Cardinal Beniamino Stella, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, during an audience with participants in the plenary assembly of the Congregation for Clergy at the Vatican June 1. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)
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Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceJanuary 22, 2018
The issue is expected to come up in the 2019 special gathering of the Synod of Bishops to study questions related to the church's pastoral work in the Amazon.
The gold-covered Dome of the Rock at the Temple Mount complex is seen in this 2017 overview of Jerusalem's Old City. (CNS photo/Debbie Hill)
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Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceJanuary 19, 2018
Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb, the grand imam, hosted a meeting Jan. 17-18 with Christian and Muslim clerics and political leaders from 86 countries in reaction to President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
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Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceJanuary 19, 2018
The church's key contribution to peace must be education, both in classrooms and as examples of diverse people living in harmony.
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Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceJanuary 14, 2018
During Mass for World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis says that we must not let fear of migrants impact our ability to help those in need.
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Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceJanuary 12, 2018
The Vatican newspaper noted media reports that President Donald Trump "used particularly harsh and offensive words about immigrants" from several countries.
In Kazakhstan, "divorced people living with someone else would not dare ask for holy Communion because they know they are living in a situation of sin. It would be blasphemy," said Auxiliary Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Astana. (CNS photo illustration/Mike Crupi)
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Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceJanuary 04, 2018
The statement from the Kazakh bishops can be interpreted as a response to Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, "Amoris Laetitia."
Pope Francis venerates a figurine of the baby Jesus as he celebrates Mass marking the feast of Mary, Mother of God, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Jan. 1. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
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Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceJanuary 01, 2018
“Let’s not extinguish the hope in their hearts; let's not suffocate their hopes for peace,” the pope said of refugees.
Pope Francis greets young people after celebrating Mass with youths Nov. 30 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Yangon, Myanmar. Foreign trips, a focus on the rights and needs of migrants and refugees and a Synod of Bishops dedicated to young people all are on the 2018 calendar for Pope Francis. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)
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Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceDecember 28, 2017
Pope Francis, newly 81, will begin 2018 with a focus on Mary and on migrants and refugees.
Pope Francis waves as he arrives to deliver his Christmas message and blessing "urbi et orbi" (to the city and the world) from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Dec. 25. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
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Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceDecember 25, 2017
Standing on the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica on a clear, crisp Christmas day, Pope Francis spoke about the world's children before formally giving his blessing “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world).
Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Albino Luciani, the future Pope John Paul I, are pictured in Venice in September 1972 (CNS photo). 
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Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceDecember 22, 2017
Canonization could take place during the Synod of Bishops, an institution Paul re-established after Vatican II.