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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
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Vatican officials have publicly defended the agreement with enthusiasm. Privately, they are more sober in their analysis.
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Pope Francis called on protestors to express their demands “peacefully” and appealed to government leaders to meet their "just aspirations."
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Cardinal Tagle tested positive for Covid-19 on his arrival at Manila airport Sept. 10. He showed no symptoms, but is now in isolation.
Pope Francis greets people as he arrives for his general audience in the San Damaso courtyard at the Vatican Sept. 9, 2020. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
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Pope Francis: “A virus that does not recognize barriers, borders or cultural or political distinctions must be faced with a love without barriers, borders or distinctions.”
On June 19, 2020, the pope had appointed him to head the Diocese of Duluth, Minn., but he had not yet been installed. Father Mulloy is pictured in an undated photo. (CNS photo/courtesy West River Catholic)
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Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Michel Mulloy, the bishop elect of Duluth following an investigation.
In this 2011 file photo, the Basilica of St. Francis with its bell tower is pictured beyond a field of corn in Assisi, Italy. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
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The new encyclical will bear the title “Fratelli tutti” and it will be released on the feast of St. Francis on Oct. 3.
Pope Francis meets with a group of clergy and laypeople advising the French bishops' conference on ecological policies and on promoting the teaching in his encyclical, "Laudato Si', On Care for Our Common Home" on Sept. 3, 2020. Actress Juliette Binoche, to the pope's left in the white and yellow blouse, was part of the meeting in the library of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
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Between 2007 and the publication of “Laudato Si’” in 2015, Pope Francis “underwent a journey of conversion, of conversion of the ecological problem. Before that I didn’t understand anything.”
A masked Maronite Father Georges Briedi kisses the hand of Pope Francis as the two men hold a Lebanese flag during the pope's weekly general audience at the Vatican Sept. 2, 2020. (CNS photo/Guglielmo Mangiapane, Reuters)
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Pope Francis concluded: “We do not come out from a crisis the same as before. We either come out better or worse. We must choose. Solidarity is the way to come out better.”
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In his message for the sixth World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, Pope Francis also called for "the cancellation of the debt of the most vulnerable countries."
A man holds the Lebanese flag, as he looks at the scene of Tuesday's explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. Rescue teams were still searching the rubble of Beirut's port for bodies on Friday, nearly three days after a massive explosion sent a wave of destruction through Lebanon's capital. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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Pope Francis: “Last Tuesday’s catastrophe calls everyone, beginning with the Lebanese people, to work together for the common good of this beloved country.”