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VATICAN – The world needs a new kind of leadership that believes in building up the whole human family and protecting the environment, Pope Francis told a group of energy and oil executives and global investors.

Pope leads peace prayers for U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore

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VATICAN – Leading thousands of people in prayer, Pope Francis said he hoped the upcoming summit between the United States and North Korea would lead to lasting peace.

Pope accepts resignations of three Chilean bishops in wake of abuse scandal

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VATICAN – After an in-depth Vatican-led investigation into clerical sexual abuse and cover-ups, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of 61-year-old Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno, Chile, and two other Chilean bishops June 11.

Vatican criminal court indicts monsignor on child porn charges

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VATICAN – A Vatican court indicted Msgr. Carlo Alberto Capella, a former staff member at the Vatican nunciature in Washington, and ordered him to stand trial beginning June 22 on charges of possessing and distributing child pornography.

Civil court rules Ven. Fulton Sheen’s remains can go to Peoria

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NEW YORK – The Superior Court of New York ruled Friday in favor of Joan Sheen Cunningham, who had petitioned to move the body of her uncle, Venerable Fulton Sheen, to the Cathedral of St. Mary in Peoria. The body of the late archbishop is currently in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.

Space station crew members give Pope his own flight suit

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VATICAN – If Pope Francis ever plans an apostolic trip to space, he's all set after receiving a custom-made blue flight suit with patches of the Argentine flag, his papal coat of arms and a pair of angel wings with his crew name, Jorge M. Bergoglio.

U.S. congressmen call for investigation into Planned Parenthood abuse cover-ups

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WASHINGTON – Several members of Congress have asked the federal government to investigate allegations that Planned Parenthood has covered-up acts of sexual abuse.

Chilean Catholics deal with fallout from clergy sexual abuse crisis

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SANTIAGO, Chile – Teresa Correa, a mother of four and a member of the Catholic parish in the Chilean capital's upscale Las Condes neighborhood, has lost some of her confidence in the Catholic Church.

Synod working document calls for 'new paths' of evangelization in Amazon

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VATICAN – The Catholic Church must discover new ways to provide the Eucharist and pastoral support to the people of the Amazon, especially indigenous people threatened by forced displacement and exploitation, a new document said.

Australian law requires priests to break seal of confession to report abuse

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SYDNEY – Laws requiring Catholic priests to break the seal of confession in some cases passed the Australian Capital Territory's Legislative Assembly in Canberra June 7.

Our ecological crisis comes from exploiting the environment, neglecting the vulnerable, Pope says

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VATICAN – Pope Francis said that when he was on the Greek island of Lesbos, "while enchanted by the scenery of the blue sky and sea, I was struck by the thought that such a beautiful sea had become a tomb for men, women and children who had for the most part sought only to escape inhumane conditions in their own homelands."