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VATICAN CITY -- With so many changes and huge technological advancements in the field of medicine, health care must always be at the service of the whole individual, including a supportive relationship between patient and medical professionals, Pope Francis said.

VATICAN CITY -- The bishops of Germany, reacting to an independent study of the extent of clerical sexual abuse in their country and its possible causes, chose to initiate a "synodal" process that was not a synod or a plenary council.

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis' Council of Cardinals finished its first review and reflection on comments and proposals received for the draft of the proposed apostolic constitution reforming the Roman Curia.

Pope Francis: Canon law 'an essential dimension' to ecumenism

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VATICAN CITY -- The search for Christian unity must involve all aspects of the churches' lives, including their different church laws, Pope Francis said.

September 19, 2019

Priesthood is a gift, Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY -- Being a priest is not a job or fulfilling an employment contract but is a gift from God that should be contemplated and treasured as such, Pope Francis said.

Amazon Synod getting varied reception among Catholics

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VATICAN CITY -- Before members of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon began packing their bags for the synod assembly at the Vatican Oct. 6-27, a variety of groups were announcing side events.

September 18, 2019

Wednesday Audience: God is not thwarted by sin

VATICAN CITY -- The Catholic Church will endure, despite the frailty and sins of its members, because it is God's project, Pope Francis said.

Vatican City court charges Italian priest with sexual abuse during seminary

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VATICAN CITY (CNA) -- The Vatican announced Tuesday that the Vatican City State’s Promoter of Justice is indicting two Italian priests -- Fr. Gabriele Martinelli on charges of sexual abuse and Fr. Enrico Radice for “aiding and abetting.”

German 'synod' will proceed despite Vatican objections

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MUNICH, Germany (CNA) -- The head of the German bishops’ conference told Vatican officials last week that addressing controversial theological topics during the German bishops’ proposed “binding synodal path” will be a service to the universal Church.

Pope Francis: Life without parole is no solution to crime

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VATICAN CITY -- Sentencing someone to life in prison without the possibility of parole is "not the solution to problems, but a problem to solve," Pope Francis told Italian prison guards, prison chaplains and officials from the Ministry of Justice.

Papal commission for protection of minors meets in Rome

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VATICAN CITY -- Members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors meeting in Rome said there was a continued need to make safeguarding consistently part of the life of the church around the world.

Pope Francis urges Eastern Catholic bishops to promote ecumenism

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VATICAN CITY -- Praising the fidelity of Eastern Catholics, Pope Francis also urged them to be more active in the search for Christian unity, especially unity with their Orthodox counterparts.

September 16, 2019

Angelus: God conquers evil with love

VATICAN CITY -- God forgives sins so that joy, not sadness, can flourish once again in one's heart, Pope Francis said.