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Thieves steal statues used at synod prayer, throw them in the river

Two men entered a Catholic Church near the Vatican early Oct. 21 and stole copies of a statue of a pregnant woman that had been a centerpiece of several prayer services connected to the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon.
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Indigenous vow to stand with Pope Francis, with each other

Pope Francis and members of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon repeatedly vowed to support, defend and accompany the region's indigenous people.
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Synod groups propose Amazonian rite, new ministries for women

Creating an Amazonian-rite liturgy and new ministries for laypeople, including the ordination of women deacons, are some of the recurring proposals made by small groups at the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon.
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U.S. bishops speak at synod for the Amazon

The Synod of Bishops for the Amazon is not a "referendum" on priestly celibacy; it is looking for ways to provide for the sacramental life and formation of the people there, U.S. Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston said.
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Jesus does not tolerate hypocrisy, pope says

Jesus enjoys unmasking hypocrisy, which is the work of the devil, Pope Francis said.
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Indigenous woman brings message from her elders to pope as church elder

The culture and spirituality of Amazonian indigenous people remain strong "as long as we have our territory, our rivers, our sacred places, food and our seeds, the elements of our rituals," Pijachi said.
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Prince Charles praises St. Newman; others promote him as ‘doctor of the church’

On the eve of the canonization of St. John Henry Newman, Britain's Prince Charles penned an article about England's newest saint for the Vatican newspaper.
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Kindly lights in gloomy world: Pope declares five new saints

Saints are people who recognized their need for God's help, who took risks to discover God's will and to help others and who nurtured a habit of thanksgiving, Pope Francis said.
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Banners unfurled as faithful share stories of five saints

The Vatican hung banners of the Catholic Church's newly canonized saints four days before the Mass that would officially recognize that they are in heaven with God.
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Cardinal Sarah: To oppose the pope is to be outside the church

Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, said the people who portray him as an opponent of Pope Francis are being used by the devil to help divide the church.
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The Christian battle is against evil, not people, pope says

When Catholics attack other members of the church, they are hurting Christ, Pope Francis said.
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Synod is a time to listen, discern, not despise, pope says

The Synod of Bishops for the Amazon is a time of reflection, dialogue and listening to the needs and sufferings of indigenous people, Pope Francis said.
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