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WASHINGTON – Following the conviction of Cardinal George Pell in the Australian state of Victoria last week, new details have emerged about the nature of the crimes for which he has been found guilty.

Head of Ukrainian Catholics welcomes leader of new independent Orthodox church

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WARSAW, Poland – The head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church welcomed the election of a leader for the country's new independent Orthodox church.

Catholic groups raise concerns that UN climate rulebook lacks ambition

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WARSAW, Poland – Catholic participants and observers criticized a "lack of ambition" by government negotiators at a U.N. conference on climate change that ended Dec. 15 with agreement on a rulebook to implement the 2015 Paris climate accord.

Catholic social agency needed now more than ever, retiring CFS director says

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If Denis Costello can take anything away from more than a quarter century with Catholic Family Services Toronto, it’s knowing that the need for the agency has never been greater. 

Death penalty is inhuman, ignores mercy, Pope Francis says

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VATICAN – The death penalty is an inhumane form of punishment that ignores the primacy of mercy in the name of justice, Pope Francis said.

Vatican Museums to launch full virtual tour to improve accessibility

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VATICAN – In the technology support department at the Vatican Museums, Villanova University student Justin Myers is spending a semester creating virtual tours of galleries, part of a larger project to make the museums accessible to everyone.

Pope Francis celebrates 82nd birthday with pediatric patients

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VATICAN – If the Holy Family lived in Rome and the baby Jesus had a cold or flu, Mary and Joseph certainly would bring him to the Vatican pediatric clinic for help, Pope Francis said.

Iraqi priest rebuilds church in war-torn Mosul, hopes returning Christians will follow

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MOSUL, Iraq (CNS) -- Christians are cautiously returning to Mosul, the once-bustling Iraqi city that for three years was the capital of the caliphate established by the Islamic State group.

Israel's foreign workers visit pop-up Christmas market to help cure homesickness

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TEL AVIV, Israel – For foreign workers and other nonlocal Christians living in Israel, celebrating Christmas far from loved ones in a country where Christians are a minority can be a difficult time.

Covenant Health revises assisted suicide policy

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EDMONTON – Citing the needs of fragile patients, Covenant Health has clarified how assessments are done in its facilities for patients who want to end their lives under provisions of Canada’s assisted suicide and euthanasia law.

Catholics ask for more 'heart and soul' at UN environmental conference

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Standing on the outside looking in as the world’s environment ministers and their armies of technocrats hammered out the rulebook for Paris Agreement on climate change, Canadian Josianne Gauthier wished there was an injection  of urgency onto the agenda.

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Charles Lewis: Catholic books that top my Christmas list 

I am a big believer that fiction is a great way to open up spiritual channels. A faithful novelist can add depth and excitement, especially to biographies of holy people, Lewis writes. 

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Jesus gives us joy even in martyrdom, Pope Francis says

Read the latest homily given by Pope Francis.

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