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Worn marble steps of Holy Stairs to be uncovered for public to climb

For the first time in 300 years, the marble steps of the Holy Stairs will be free from the thick wooden panels installed in 1723 to protect the stairs and left uncovered for the public.
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French cardinal, convicted of abuse cover-up, meets pope

French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon said Pope Francis would not accept his resignation following his conviction for covering up clerical sexual abuse, so he has decided to step aside temporarily for the good of the archdiocese.
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Pope leads pilgrims in prayer for victims of mosque attack

Pope Francis called on Christians to unite in prayer for the victims of two mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, that left 50 people dead and dozens wounded in one of the worst mass shootings in the country's history.
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Cardinal DiNardo, USCCB president, ‘resting comfortably’ after suffering mild stroke

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S .Conference of Catholic Bishops, was taken to the hospital late March 15 after experiencing symptoms of what tests March 16 confirmed was a mild stroke, according to an archdiocesan statement.
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After attacks, New Zealand bishops tell Muslims: ‘We hold you in prayer’

New Zealand's Catholic bishops have expressed horror and distress at a terrorist attack in two mosques in Christchurch that saw at least 49 people killed.
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Baltimore-based CRS remembers four employees who died in Ethiopian Airlines crash

Archbishop William E. Lori offered a memorial Mass March 14 for the four employees of Catholic Relief Services who perished in the recent plane crash in Ethiopia.
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Cardinal Parolin urges Poland’s bishops to continue unity with pope

The Vatican secretary of state praised the Polish church's traditional closeness to Rome as key to its survival under hostile regimes, in a speech marking the centenary of the nation's conference of bishops and diplomatic ties with the Vatican.
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Movie Review: ‘Wonder Park’

The most frequently used word in the animated adventure "Wonder Park" is "splendiferous."But the constant, eventually annoying, repetition of the term only draws attention to the fact that it does not apply to the proceedings on screen -- which fall far short of such a superlative.
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Catholic officials want apology for ‘disgraceful’ Saturday Night Live skit

The initial groans from the audience during a "Saturday Night Live" skit when comedian Pete Davidson likened people who "support the Catholic Church" to R. Kelly fans were just a taste of the reaction this skit would receive from some Catholic officials.
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Judge sentences Cardinal Pell to six years in prison on abuse charges

Cardinal George Pell, 77, was sentenced to six years in prison March 13, just over two weeks after a Melbourne court allowed the publication of news that he had been found guilty of sexually abusing two boys.
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Teacher apologizes for telling boy to remove cross of ashes on forehead

"The diocese is very grateful to the young student who used the situation to educate his teacher about a part of his faith and its importance to him," a spokeswoman said. "Learning about one another is one way we build community across religious, political, racial, ethnic and other borders."
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Four CRS staffers, humanitarian workers aboard Ethiopian jet that crashed

“I was saddened to learn of the deaths of four employees of Catholic Relief Services who were among the 157 people killed in Sunday’s tragic plane crash in Ethiopia," Archbishop Lori said. "They devoted their lives to the service of others. May God embrace all who lost their lives and may God give consolation to...
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