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In final presidential address, Cardinal DiNardo urges new beginning

In his final address as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston told his fellow bishops that it has been "an honor to serve you, even in the difficult times."
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Christians must shun self-worship, pope says at synod’s final Mass

Poor people from the Amazon have shown that God's creation must be treated "not as a resource to be exploited but as a home to be preserved, with trust in God," Pope Francis said.
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Synod document: New ministries can serve evangelization in Amazon

To proclaim the Gospel message of hope, the Catholic Church in the Amazon must open new paths of evangelization in the region, including by instituting new ministries for lay men and women, the Synod of Bishops said.
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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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Fear, status quo smother fire of God’s love, pope says at synod Mass

The Catholic Church's mission in the world is to spread the fire of God's love and must not be limited to the "'ordinary maintenance' of those who already know the Gospel," Pope Francis said.
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New director, home for seafarers

With the retirement from active ministry of Monsignor John FitzGerald, the Apostleship of the Sea (AOS), a Catholic ministry for seafarers, has its first lay director. Andy Middleton is hardly new to the ministry, having served as its right hand man for more than a decade.
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On feast of St. Francis, pope joins Amazonians to plant tree at Vatican

Pope Francis joined Amazonian church workers and indigenous people Oct. 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, to plant a tree in the Vatican Gardens.
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U.S. officials seek greater cooperation with Vatican on religious freedom

Promoting religious freedom, providing humanitarian assistance and fighting human trafficking are three major issues the Vatican and the U.S. administration agree on and on which they will continue to coordinate efforts, panelists said at a joint symposium.
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Commitment to fighting climate change still weak, pope says

The international community must ramp up its efforts if it expects to mitigate the negative effects of climate change, Pope Francis said.
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Despite human sinfulness, God’s projects will endure, pope says

The Catholic Church will endure, despite the frailty and sins of its members, because it is God's project, Pope Francis said.
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Amid economic growth, pope urges Mauritius to care for the young, poor

Statistical indicators show Mauritius' rapid economic growth has benefited all sectors of society, lifting thousands out of poverty over the past 30 years, but Pope Francis still urged the island's Catholics to be careful.
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