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Pope names 15 new cardinal electors, most from global South

Pope names 15 new cardinal electors, most from global South

| Francis X. Rocca | January 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

Underscoring the geographical diversity of his selections, Pope Francis named 15 cardinal electors “from 14 nations of every continent, showing the inseparable link between the church of Rome and the particular churches present in the world.”

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New Year’s Eve is time for examination of conscience, pope says

New Year’s Eve is time for examination of conscience, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

The end of one calendar year and the beginning of another is the perfect occasion to reflect on how well people have used the time and gifts God has given them — especially how well people have helped the poor, Pope Francis said.

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In Middle East, a year marked by upheaval leaves millions suffering

In Middle East, a year marked by upheaval leaves millions suffering

| Barb Fraze | December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

The story of the Middle East in 2014 is one of war and displacement, broken families and tireless aid workers, and the rise of a new group one scholar referred to as “al-Qaida on steroids.”

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Lawsuits on health care law’s mandate, subsidies wind through courts

Lawsuits on health care law’s mandate, subsidies wind through courts

| Liz O'Connor | December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Despite the positive experiences many have had with the Affordable Care Act, it has not been without controversy.

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Millions of those previously uninsured now have some kind of coverage

Millions of those previously uninsured now have some kind of coverage

| Liz O'Connor | December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

The figures vary slightly from one study to another, but it’s clear that millions of Americans who had no health insurance in 2013 now have at least some coverage.

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Despite year-end budget deal, future spending trends less certain

Despite year-end budget deal, future spending trends less certain

| Dennis Sadowski | December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

The $1.1 trillion federal spending bill approved by Congress avoided a repeat of last year’s government shutdown and largely kept in place social services spending, especially programs benefiting low-income families.

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Pope Francis continues to take ‘the world by storm’

Pope Francis continues to take ‘the world by storm’

| Carol Zimmermann | December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

During the second year of his pontificate, Pope Francis was still feeling the love, and not just from Catholics or those from his homeland of Argentina.

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Immigration reform effort is being waged on multiple fronts

Immigration reform effort is being waged on multiple fronts

| Patricia Zapor | December 31, 2014 | 5 Comments

A year ago, fresh off the November general election in which Hispanic voters were widely credited with tipping the vote to President Barack Obama, advocates were abuzz about the prospects for passing a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the 113th session of Congress.

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Church heightens profile in its work on environment, climate change

Church heightens profile in its work on environment, climate change

| Dennis Sadowski | December 31, 2014 | 1 Comment

When a Vatican official suggested that Pope Francis was contemplating an encyclical on the environment a year ago, he signaled that climate change and environmental degradation were such pressing concerns that the pope wanted to address them in a teaching document.

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Vatican news highlights of 2014

Vatican news highlights of 2014

| Francis X. Rocca | December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Controversy over family issues and the ongoing search for peace in the Middle East dominated Vatican news in 2014. Here are the highlights at a glance:

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Pope: True charity takes compassion that does not demand conversion

Pope: True charity takes compassion that does not demand conversion

| Carol Glatz | December 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

“Quality of life” proponents who think the gravely ill lead lives not worth living are peddling a great lie, Pope Francis said in a message for the 2015 World Day of the Sick.

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Number of states legalizing same-sex marriage doubles in 2014

Number of states legalizing same-sex marriage doubles in 2014

| Tom Tracy | December 29, 2014 | 16 Comments

The year 2014 saw the number of U.S. states recognizing same-sex marriages nearly double over the previous year — an expansion so profound it had some clergy wondering if they should perform any civil marriages at all.

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