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Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Aachen Auxiliary Bishop Johannes Bündgens, 66, who was convicted of taking nearly $128,000 from an acquaintance believed to be suffering from dementia.

Despair over declining numbers shows lack of faith, pope tells religious

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Aging or declining membership should prompt members of religious orders to ask, "What do we do?" but not to despair, Pope Francis said.

French cardinal admits to abusing teen girl 35 years ago

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LOURDES, France (CNS) - French Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, former head of the French bishops' conference, admitted to abusing a 14-year-old girl 35 years ago.

In Bahrain, pope sees joy of Catholic minority, deepens ties with Muslims

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AWALI, Bahrain (CNS) -- Traveling as a "sower of peace" to the Kingdom of Bahrain, Pope Francis further strengthened ties with the Muslim world and witnessed the joy and vitality of its minority and predominately expatriate Christian population.

South Korean church leaders want inquiry after stampede, offer prayers

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Catholic bishops in South Korea expressed sorrow and offered prayers after more than 150 people died in a stampede during Halloween celebrations in Seoul. They also called for a detailed investigation to identify the cause of the incident.

Summit explores role of ethics in development of artificial intelligence

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Universities around the world are taking steps alongside major technology companies to explore ways to bolster ethics education in the artificial intelligence field in line with an initiative supported by the Vatican.

Cardinal Zen to return to court, defence presents case Oct. 31

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Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun and five other activists returned to court Oct. 26 to face charges of failing to register a legal fund meant to help those involved in anti-government protests.

Crippled Haiti in desperate need of help

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The Jesuits in Haiti are begging for help on behalf of a nation in chaos — but not just any help.

Migrants in the U.S. political crosshairs

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The political ads began appearing in early October, strategically aired a month before the November midterm elections that will determine which party will control the U.S. House of Representatives.

‘The Challenge of Peace’ 40 years later

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Next year will mark the 40th anniversary of the U.S. bishops’ landmark pastoral letter “The Challenge of Peace: God’s Promise and Our Response.”

Notre-Dame restoration should be complete by 2024

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Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris is “a monument of humanity,” French architect Philippe Villeneuve told a Washington audience.