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VATICAN CITY — The sex abuse crisis, a history of sexism and an overly narrow focus on a small number of moral issues can keep young people away from the Church, Pope Francis wrote  in a new apostolic exhortation.

African floods ‘wiped out entire villages’

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NAIROBI, KENYA - More than two million people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi have been affected by a cyclone that has killed more than 700 people, with hundreds still missing in Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Pope goes on a mission for migrants

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VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis wanted to go to Morocco in December to draw attention to the need for international co-operation in assisting migrants and in alleviating the situations that force people to seek a better life outside their homeland.

Pope issues child protection law for Vatican City State

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VATICAN CITY — To better protect minors and vulnerable adults from all forms of abuse and exploitation, Pope Francis approved a new law and a set of safeguarding guidelines for Vatican City State and the Roman Curia.

Vandals, arsonists target French Catholic churches

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MANCHESTER, England - Vandals and arsonists have targeted French churches in a wave of attacks that has lasted nearly two months.

Chilean court orders church to pay compensation to abuse survivors

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VATICAN CITY - A Chilean appeals court ruled in favor of three survivors of abuse by former priest Fernando Karadima and ordered the Catholic Church to pay damages.

Pope Francis urges preservation of Rome's history, spiritual traditions

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VATICAN – As the capital of Italy and center of Catholicism, the city of Rome must work with the Catholic Church to preserve and defend its rich historical and spiritual traditions, Pope Francis said.

Founder, editorial staff of Vatican women's magazine resign

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VATICAN – Claiming a lack of support for open dialogue and for an editorial line run by women, the director and editorial staff of a Vatican women's magazine have resigned.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Chilean cardinal embattled in abuse coverup

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VATICAN – Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a Chilean cardinal who has faced widespread criticism for his handling of cases of clerical sexual abuse in the country.

Access to clean water is a fundamental human right, Pope says

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VATICAN – Access to clean, fresh water is a fundamental human right that must be defended, especially in poor areas where men, women and children are suffering the deadly effects of climate change, Pope Francis said.

Polish cardinal, St. John Paul's aide, defends pontiff's record on sex abuse

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WARSAW, Poland – A close aide to St. John Paul II has vigorously defended the late pope's handling of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy and denied accusations that he ignored the problem during his 27-year pontificate.