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VATICAN – Describing them as "authentic magisterium," Pope Francis ordered the official publication of his letter to a group of Argentine bishops and their guidelines for the interpretation of "Amoris Laetitia," his apostolic exhortation on the family.

32 Catholic fishermen dead, hundreds missing as typhoon Ockhi hits India

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India – A typhoon that rapidly developed on the southern Indian coast claimed the lives of at least 32 poor Catholic fishermen who were at sea and another 200 more were missing.

App puts kindness in focus at Advent

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It started out as a Duffy family tradition and now they’re ready to share it with anyone with a smartphone.

Our own defects and limitations threaten peace, Pope says in Bangladesh

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DHAKA, Bangladesh – Devoting his last day in Bangladesh to the nation's tiny Catholic community, Pope Francis told clergy and religious that there was no way they could promote interreligious harmony in the country if their communities were marked by gossip, division and bitterness.

Pope: What I don't say in public, I say behind closed doors

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VATICAN – On his return flight from Bangladesh to Rome, Pope Francis offered journalists an insight into his communication strategy, saying that when it comes to a sensitive topic, at times he prefers to hold his tongue publicly so that his message gets across, but is more open in private conversations.

Pope meets 16 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, says they are 'images of the living God'

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DHAKA, Bangladesh – Each human being is created in the image and likeness of God, yet so often people desecrate that image with violence as seen in the treatment of Myanmar's Rohingya minority, Pope Francis said.

Tests offer new information on date of site believed to be tomb of Christ

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WASHINGTON – Scientists who helped restore a shrine above the site believed to be the place where Christ was buried say testing of samples has dated the tomb to at least the fourth century. 

Pope tells Bangladesh bishops to make laity a priority, especially youth

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DHAKA, Bangladesh – On Friday Pope Francis met with the bishops of Bangladesh, urging them to be close to the laity, especially young people and families, and to encourage them to serve the Church according to their particular gifts.

Pope kicks off Bangladesh visit with call to action on Rohingya crisis

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VATICAN – Pope Francis arrived in Bangladesh with words of praise for the humanitarian assistance the nation has given to Rohingya Muslim refugees, and urged greater action on their behalf from the international community.

Pope arrives in Bangladesh, praises country's welcome of Rohingya

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DHAKA, Bangladesh – The government and people of Bangladesh have shown exemplary generosity in welcoming hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, despite great demands placed on already limited resources, Pope Francis said.

Bishops bring concerns to NAFTA table

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As negotiators sat down in Mexico City for the fifth round of NAFTA negotiations, U.S. and Mexican bishops warned that failure to come up with a fair deal on trade could fuel more violence and more illegal immigration at the Mexican-U.S. border.