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In new interview, pope explains aim of synod, warns against nationalism

The upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Amazon is an "urgent" gathering, not of scientists and politicians, but for the church whose main focus in discussions will be evangelization, Pope Francis said in a new interview.
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Pope calls for quick action to prevent further migrant deaths

Days after rescue workers recovered the bodies of dozens of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, Pope Francis urged the international community to "act quickly" to prevent future tragedies.
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Puerto Rican bishops call for peace, harmony after governor’s resignation

In the wake of the historic resignation of Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello, the people of the Caribbean island must continue to maintain their unity to overcome the social ills that led to the crisis, the Puerto Rican bishops' conference said.
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Forensic experts to study ‘thousands of bones’ found in Vatican ossuaries

During a search for the remains of a young Italian woman missing for more than 30 years, workers discovered an enormous number of bones inside two ossuaries in a building next to a Vatican cemetery.
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Pope issues sanctions against former West Virginia bishop

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston announced July 19 sanctions from the Vatican -- including taking away the faculties of celebrating Mass -- against a former West Virginia bishop who stepped down last year under a cloud of allegations of sexual and financial misconduct.
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Pope names women as full members of congregation for religious

Previously, all members of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life had been men.
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Pope to celebrate Mass with migrants, refugees

The Mass July 8 will mark the sixth anniversary of Pope Francis’s visit to the southern Italian island of Lampedusa.
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Pope applauds Trump, Kim meeting in North Korea

Pope Francis called President Donald Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a positive step toward world peace.
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Secrecy of confession must never be violated, Vatican says

Pope Francis ordered the publication of a document affirming the absolute secrecy of everything said in confession and calling on priests to defend it at all costs, even at the cost of their lives.
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Pope saddened by drowning of migrant father, daughter at U.S. border

Pope Francis was saddened after seeing photos of the lifeless bodies of a migrant father and his daughter who drowned near the U.S. border with Mexico, the Vatican said.
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Purging silence: Vatican expands abuse prevention to lay movements

Millions of Catholics live their faith through their association with lay movements and Catholic groups, but some also have lost their faith when they were sexually abused in those groups and felt they had nowhere to turn.
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Vatican official praises Catholic media for coverage of sex abuse crisis

In a remarkably frank and detailed speech, the Vatican official heading the department charged with reviewing clergy sexual abuse allegations told an assembly of Catholic journalists June 19 that his investigators and the press "share the same goal, which is the protection of minors, and we have the same wish to leave the world a...
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