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Pope Francis Attends Weekly Audience
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Catholic Bishops In ‘Seismic’ Opening Toward Gays

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Gay rights groups are hailing what they call a "seismic shift" by the Catholic Church toward gays after bishops said homosexuals have gifts to offer the church and that their partnerships, while morally problematic, provide homosexuals with "precious" support.

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Pope Expresses Outrage at Violence in Iraq

Pope Francis is urging the international community to find a way to "re-establish the rule of law" in Iraq.

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Vatican Upholds Bishop’s Decision To Close St. John The Baptist

It appears the fight by a group of parishoners to keep open the historic St. John the Baptist Church in New Bedford is nearing an end.

According to the Anchor, the newspaper of the Fall River Diocese, the Catholic Church's highest judicial body has upheld Bishop George Coleman's decision to close St

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Pope Francis Holds His Weekly General Audience
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The Vatican’s Great Debate

For the first time in perhaps the history of the Catholic church the debate on contraception, cohabitation, divorce, re-marriage and gay marriage are being put to parishioners...and I for one think this is a genius idea.

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Pope Asks Forgiveness

Pope Francis is asking for forgiveness for the damage priests have caused to children they've sexually abused. 

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Obama Meets With Pope Francis

President Obama calls his meeting with Pope Francis extremely moving. 

In Rome, the President said he and the Pope share common goals of improving the quality of life for millions of people around the world

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Bishop George Coleman (left) / Photo by Jim Phillips TSM

Bishop Coleman Sends Resignation Letter To Vatican

The process will soon begin to name a new Bishop for the Fall River Diocese. 

Bishop George Coleman turns 75 on Saturday, and under church law, he must submit his letter of resignation to the Vatican

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Pope Francis Asks: “Have We Helped Others?”

 

Pope Francis has used his traditional year-end prayer service of thanksgiving to urge people to ask themselves: Did they spend 2013 to further their own interests or to help others?

 That's what we all should `'courageously'' consider as New Year's celebrations get under way, the pontiff said, as he led the service in St

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Pope Celebrates Christmas Mass

 

Pope Francis is marking his first Christmas Mass as leader of the Roman Catholic Church.  He's holding the Mass at a packed St. Peter's Basilica at Vatican City. 

Earlier today, he met with his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict.  B

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Vatican Unveils Bone Fragments Said to be Peter’s

The Vatican publicly unveiled a handful of bone fragments purportedly belonging to St. Peter on Sunday, reviving the scientific debate and tantalizing mystery over whether the relics found in a shoe box truly belong to the first pope

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