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VATICAN – During a brief ceremony in the Vatican Gardens, Pope Francis blessed a new statue of a 10th-century Armenian monk he had declared a "doctor of the church" in 2015.

Mexican diocese apologizes for failing to stop abusive priest

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MEXICO CITY – A Mexican diocese has apologized and asked for forgiveness for failing to stop a priest from sexually abusing Catholic school children. At the time, the priest had been banned from his priestly duties in a neighboring archdiocese.

Pope prays for parents, toddler who risks losing life-support

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VATICAN – Pope Francis asked that all efforts be made to accompany a seriously ill toddler in Great Britain whose parents are fighting a legal battle to keep him on life-support.

Pope's exhortation on holiness to be released April 9

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VATICAN – "Rejoice and Be Glad," Pope Francis' new apostolic exhortation on "the call to holiness in the modern world" will be released April 9, the Vatican announced.

China official: Vatican can't fully control naming bishops

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BEIJING – In a rare move, a top Chinese official answered journalists' questions about a new white paper on religious freedom and the ongoing talks between his government and the Vatican.

Seminarian who carried cross at Pope's Easter Mass dies in Rome

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ROME – Friends and fans called him a "gentle giant," a faithful "prayer warrior" and a Clark Kent whose superman power was helping people grow in holiness and faith.

Pope, Martin Luther King share common dream, Vatican official says

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VATICAN – The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of a dignified life for all men and women regardless of color or creed continues to live on in the teachings of one his most influential admirers, Pope Francis, a Vatican representative said.

Mideast Catholic patriarchs evoke Resurrection hope in Easter messages

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BEIRUT – In Easter messages, Catholic patriarchs of the Middle East evoked the hope of the Resurrection.

Islamic State claims it killed four Catholics in southern Pakistan

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QUETTA, Pakistan – Four members of a Catholic family were killed in a militant attack in southern Pakistan a day after the minority community celebrated Easter.

In Mexico, ongoing violence continues during Holy Week

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MEXICO CITY – A pair of passion plays were interrupted by gunfire on Good Friday as the violence convulsing Mexico continued claiming lives through the Holy Week holidays.

Venezuelan bishops: Jail fire that killed 68 could have been prevented

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CARACAS, Venezuela – A jail riot and fire that killed 68 people in Venezuela's deadliest tragedy in decades could have been prevented, according to the Venezuelan bishops' conference.