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VATICAN CITY – A diocesan bishop is the sole judge in the streamlined process for handling marriage annulments, Pope Francis said.

Egypt mosque attack kills more than 230

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Ismailia, Egypt – Terrorists attacked a mosque on Egypt's Sinai peninsula during Friday prayers, killing 235 people. The incident has been condemned by both Pope Francis and Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the US bishops' conference.

Pope prays for peace, victims of war in Congo and South Sudan

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VATICAN – With plans to visit South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo this year thwarted by ongoing conflict, Pope Francis on Thursday led a prayer vigil for peace in the two countries, asking for an end to war and comfort for victims of the violence.  

Toronto group among the 60,000 to witness beatification of Fr. Solanus Casey

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It was like Heaven on Earth.

In fact, Teodora La Madrid said she was still walking on Cloud Nine days after she returned from the beatification Mass of Fr. Solanus Casey on Nov. 18.

Papal visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh to preach dialogue

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VATICAN – While the ongoing crisis of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar for Bangladesh will draw much attention during Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the two countries, the Pope will focus on interreligious dialogue, poverty and climate change.

As Zimbabwe's president resigns, Catholic bishops call for peace and patience

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Harare, Zimbabwe – As events continue to unfold surrounding the resignation of Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, Catholic bishops of the country have called for the prioritization of the nation’s best interests through peace efforts and a return to Constitutional order.

Adoration has made Juarez a safer city, priest says

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Juarez, Mexico – Juarez, located in the state of Chihuahua in northern Mexico, was considered from 2008 to 2010 to be one of the the most dangerous cities in the world, due to drug trafficking violence and the constant struggles for power and territory between the cartels.

Bangladeshi religious leaders have high hopes for Pope's visit

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DHAKA, Bangladesh – Bangladeshi religious leaders of different faiths hope Pope Francis' upcoming visit will promote harmony and tolerance in the Muslim-majority nation.

To experience one of the holiest Christian sites, head to Washington

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WASHINGTON – In the nation's capital, a $15 museum ticket and pair of 3-D glasses is the passport Christian pilgrims and others need to experience what may be the holiest site in Christianity.

Science, humanities must overcome 'tragic division,' Pope says

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VATICAN CITY – Science, technology, religion and the humanities need to work together for their mutual benefit and to safeguard humanity, Pope Francis said.

Blessed Solanus focused on the marginalized and the hopeless, says Cardinal

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DETROIT – Blessed Solanus Casey always said that "as long as there is a spark of faith," there can be no discouragement or sorrow, said Cardinal Angelo Amato, head of the Vatican's Congregation for Saints' Causes.