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BOLOGNA, Italy — The Church is in a state of "great confusion" over Pope Francis' exhortation on love in the family, said one of the four cardinals who authored the letter to the Pope asking for clarification of Amoris Laetitia.

Church of England expected to recognize 'lasting damage' of Reformation-era violence

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LONDON, England – Ahead of the Church of England’s General Synod, the Archbishop of Canterbury is reportedly preparing a statement that will recognize the violence of the English Reformation.

Pope sends condolences to Kyrgyzstan town devastated by plane crash

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VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis Monday sent a telegram to survivors of a cargo plane crash in the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan, expressing his sorrow for all those who died and sending his prayers for the rescue efforts.

New embassy a sign of Pope's love for Palestine, President Abbas says

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VATICAN CITY – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas thanked Pope Francis for his support of the country's new embassy to the Holy See.

Dinner and a warm place to sleep: How the Vatican is reaching out to Rome's homeless

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ROME, Italy – As colder weather settled over Rome last week, two area charities have found ways to reach out to those without food or shelter during the cold winter nights: one by turning a church into a temporary shelter, another by partnering with a newly-opened McDonald’s near the Vatican.

Treasures at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity is being restored

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ROME – It is revered by different Christian sects and draws more than a million visitors to the Holy Land every year, making it the biggest tourist attraction in the Palestinian territories.

Minnesota Catholic agencies 'welcome the stranger' with Somali refugees

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – A Somali couple with three children is seeking a new life in Minnesota thanks to a Catholic Charities’ resettlement program that cites a Christian imperative for its work.

U.S. doctors, nurses treat Syrian refugees for free in Jordan

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MAFRAQ, Jordan – American doctors and nurses on a medical mission to Jordan are performing badly needed surgeries and other medical treatment free of charge to thousands of Syrian refugees who can no longer afford basic health care.

Peacebuilding partnership helps Central Africans heal after conflict

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BANGUI, Central African Republic – Blindfolds secured tightly, more than a dozen men and women are led by their partners around leafy plants and trees in the compound of an international charity.

Bishops of Malta open door for divorced, remarried Catholics to receive sacraments

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VATICAN CITY — Under certain circumstances and after long prayer and a profound examination of conscience, some divorced and civilly remarried Catholics may return to the sacraments, said the bishops of Malta.

Europe's Catholic, Orthodox leaders say they'll stand against terrorism

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OXFORD, England – Catholic and Orthodox leaders have pledged to stand together against fundamentalism and terrorism, as well as resisting forces working to erode and destroy religious belief in Europe.