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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.

Panel: Empowering women must not come at the cost of femininity, human dignity

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UNITED NATIONS – Women should not be required to divest themselves of femininity to achieve empowerment and gender equality, according to panelists at a March 19 event at the United Nations.

Academy for Life encourages Catholic parents to vaccinate children

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VATICAN – Catholic parents should vaccinate their children for the good of their children and the community, and they can do so with a "clear conscience" that "the use of such vaccines does not signify some sort of cooperation in voluntary abortion," said the Pontifical Academy for Life.

Historic flooding in American midwest threatening lives, destroying livelihoods

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WASHINGTON – The chairman of the U.S. bishops' domestic policy committee late March 19 expressed grief over the lives and livelihoods lost and threatened by the historic flooding in the Midwest and offered prayers for recovery.

Spain sees jump in ordinations to priesthood from 2017 to 2018

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MANCHESTER, England – Ordinations to the priesthood in Spain have soared by 24 percent in the last year.

Cardinal Parolin celebrates 150th anniversary of children's hospital

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VATICAN – The Vatican-owned Bambino Gesu Children's Hospital in Rome is a sign of the Catholic Church's commitment to caring for and protecting the dignity of the sick, said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state.