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Without a doubt: Pope shares his thinking on key synod themes

As the Synod of Bishops on "young people, the faith and vocational discernment" was continuing at the Vatican, the pope tackled some of the synod's key questions when he met Oct. 13 with seminarians from the Lombardy region of northern Italy.
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Inspire young people to be ‘everyday saints,’ archbishop says

To "capture the imagination" of young people and inspire them, church leaders should offer them the example of modern saints and call young people to be "everyday saints, each in his or her own way," said Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles.
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Superiors general see no reason why women shouldn’t have vote at synod

Although bishops should increase the majority of voting members at a Synod of Bishops, the fact that the body is only consultative means women should be included as full members just as priests and religious brothers are, said three priests who are voting members.
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Salvadoran archbishop asks pope to make Romero ‘doctor of the church’

Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar Alas of San Salvador asked Pope Francis to proclaim St. Oscar Romero the church's first Latin American "doctor of the church."
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Saints risk all for love of Jesus, pope says at canonization Mass

Carrying Pope Paul VI's pastoral staff and wearing the blood-stained belt of Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, Pope Francis formally recognized them, and five others, as saints of the Catholic Church.
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Contempt for life is the source of all evil, pope says

Procuring an abortion is wrong, inhumane and like hiring a hit man "to fix a problem," Pope Francis said.
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Pope, in Sicily, honors priest martyred by Mafia

Honoring a priest shot at point-blank range by the Mafia, Pope Francis insisted that true happiness and a real change in Sicilian society will come only when people love and care for one another rather than trying to grab as much money and power as they can.
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Pope to convene world meeting on abuse prevention with bishops’ leaders

Pope Francis is calling the presidents of every Catholic bishops' conference in the world to Rome Feb. 21-24 to discuss the prevention of the abuse of minors and vulnerable adults.
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Archbishop Ganswein says abuse crisis is church’s 9/11

The concern of now-retired Pope Benedict XVI and the promises made by the majority of church leaders were not able to stop the evil of clerical sexual abuse, which has been the 9/11 of the Catholic Church, the retired pope's personal secretary said.
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Satan is attacking bishops; they must fight with prayer, pope says

Bishops must remember, particularly when under attack, that their role is to pray, be humble in knowing God chose them and remain close to the people, Pope Francis said in his morning homily.
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Council of Cardinals expresses ‘full solidarity’ with pope

Members of Pope Francis' international Council of Cardinals expressed "full solidarity" with him in the midst of questions about his handling of the clerical sexual abuse scandal and said the Vatican is planning a response to allegations made against him by a former nuncio.
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Letter confirms Vatican officials knew of McCarrick allegations in 2000

A top official from the Vatican Secretariat of State acknowledged allegations made by a New York priest in 2000 concerning Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, according to a letter obtained by Catholic News Service.
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