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Synod group reports focus on abuse, sexuality, friendship, mission

VATICAN CITY — In their first formal reports to the entire Synod of Bishops, many of the gathering’s working groups reported that they had...

Christians must live the beatitudes, not just preach them, pope says

VATICAN CITY -- With songs, poetry and dance -- including hip-hop -- young people shared with Pope Francis and members of the Synod of...

U.S. Cardinal DiNardo welcomes Holy See steps to confront sexual assault

ROME -- The president of the U.S. bishops' conference welcomed Pope Francis' pledge to fight attempts to cover up cases of sexual abuse and...

At synod, Sydney archbishop apologizes to young people for church failures

VATICAN CITY — Australian Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney used his speech at the Synod of Bishops to formally apologize to young people for...

Pope Francis: Pray to protect church from devil, step up fight...

VATICAN CITY  -- Signaling his belief that the Catholic Church is facing a serious crisis, Pope Francis asked every Catholic in the world to...

Pope Francis says church has grown in dealing with ‘corruption’ of...

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT TO ROME -- The Catholic Church has grown in its understanding of the horror of clerical sexual abuse and of...

Scandals create outrage, but there is time for conversion, pope says

TALLINN, Estonia — In what is probably the least religious country in Europe, Pope Francis said he is surprised by how many people hold...

Pope Francis acknowledges abuse scandals can diminish strength of faithful

TALLINN, Estonia -- In what is probably the least religious country in Europe, Pope Francis said he is surprised by how many people hold...

Pope Francis in Latvia: Marian pilgrims should remember those who suffer

AGLONA, Latvia -- What would Mary do? was the question Pope Francis, in effect, asked Latvian Catholics gathered at their nation's popular Marian shrine. Celebrating...

Update: Vatican signs provisional agreement with China on naming bishops

VILNIUS, Lithuania -- For the first time in decades, all of the Catholic bishops in China are in full communion with the pope, the...

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