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Pope Francis Expands Commission for the Protection of Minors

Eight new members were appointed to the Vatican commission on Wednesday.

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William May: The Theologian Who Renounced His Dissent From ‘Humanae Vitae’

The influential pro-life teacher and defender of Catholic moral ethics died on Dec. 13.

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Cardinal Parolin Played Key Role in U.S.-Cuba Negotiations

NEWS ANALYSIS: The Vatican secretary of state and his U.S. counterpart, John Kerry, had spoken often in the past year, a Vatican source said.

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What Can Pro-Lifers Expect in the 2015 Congress?

They played a big part in victories in five key states in the November midterms.

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Prison Inmates Participate in Gift Exchange With Pope Francis

Prisoners at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, N.Y., were amazed to receive gifts from the Holy Father.

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U.S. Church Leaders Applaud New U.S.-Cuba Ties

But not all Catholic lawmakers in Washington are happy with the new development.

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Vatican, Pope Played Key Role in New U.S.-Cuba Policy

Today's prisoner swap was finalized at the Vatican, and President Obama personally thanked Pope Francis for his assistance.

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Tea and Cake for Pope Francis as He Celebrates His 78th Birthday

The Holy Father, who turned 78 on Dec. 17, stopped to blow out the candles on a cake and took a sip of mate tea offered to him by pilgrims.

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