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Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceSeptember 08, 2015
Pope Francis said he was not “promoting the nullity of marriages, but the quickness of the processes.
Pope Francis, seen praying during his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Aug. 26, has issued a letter offering a series of instances in which absolution can be granted during the Year of Mercy. (CNS photo/Ettore Ferrari, EPA)
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Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceSeptember 01, 2015
In an extraordinary gesture for the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has extended to priests worldwide the authority to absolve women for the sin of abortion and has decreed the full validity during the year of the sacrament of confession celebrated by priests of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X.
Newly married couples react after exchanging vows in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Sept. 14, 2014. Among those married were couples who already had children or have lived together before marriage. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
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Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceAugust 31, 2015
Eleven cardinals, at least four of whom will participate in the world Synod of Bishops on the family in October, have urged fellow church leaders to maintain the church's rules regarding marriage and strengthen Catholic education about marriage and family life.
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Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceAugust 31, 2015
"Today as well, in the Middle East and other parts of the world, Christians are persecuted," Pope Francus said. "There are more martyrs [today] than there were in the first centuries" of Christianity."
Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, former nuncio to the Dominican Republic, is pictured celebrating Mass in Santo Domingo in 2009. (CNS photo/Luis Gomez, Diario Libre via Reuters)
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Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceAugust 28, 2015
Vatican nuncio to the Dominican Republic was accused of abusing adolescent boys
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Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceAugust 20, 2015
In the Year of Mercy, the Catholic Church's annual day of reflection and prayer on the situation of migrants and refugees will include a special reminder that "welcoming the stranger" is a corporal work of mercy.
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Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceAugust 13, 2015
Pope Francis' speeches to Congress and to the United Nations in late September will be less pastoral than homilies--more about policy.
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Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceAugust 10, 2015
Seventy years later "this tragic event still gives rise to horror and revulsion."
Presenting the offertory gifts to Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square, November 2014.
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Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceJuly 30, 2015
The Catholic Church must develop better ways to "accompany" people in their family life and not simply condemn those who fail, said a diverse group of theologians, including the former theologian of the papal household.
Bolivian President Evo Morales presents a gift to Pope Francis at the government palace in La Paz, Bolivia, July 8. The gift was a wooden hammer and sickle -- the symbol of communism -- with a figure of a crucified Christ. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)
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Cindy Wooden - Catholic News ServiceJuly 09, 2015
The cross was created by Jesuit Father Luis Espinal, who was assassinated in 1980.