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Families focus of gathering of cardinals at Vatican

VATICAN CITY, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The family is an essential part of God's plan for humanity, Pope Francis said Friday as he opened a meeting at the Vatican with cardinals from around the world.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014.
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Pope Francis to visit Holy Land

VATICAN CITY, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Pope Francis announced at the Vatican Sunday he will visit the Holy Land in May.

Israeli prime minister, pope exchange gifts in brief meeting

VATICAN CITY, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu presented Pope Francis a book written by his father during a 25-minute meeting at the Vatican Monday, officials said.

Croatians approve official ban on same-sex marriage

ZAGREB, Croatia, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Croatians voted Sunday in favor of a ban on same-sex marriage, results showed.

Pope survey asks about same-sex unions, contraception

VATICAN CITY, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- A Vatican survey asks Roman Catholics in parishes worldwide how they deal with issues such as contraception, same-sex unions, divorce and sex before marriage.
Pope Francis: 'Let us not be instruments of destruction'

Pope Francis: 'Let us not be instruments of destruction'

ASSISI, Italy, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Pope Francis, speaking Friday in Assisi, Italy, called for "an end to armed conflicts, which cover the earth with blood."
Catholic pope calls for mutual respect in letter to Muslims

Catholic pope calls for mutual respect in letter to Muslims

VATICAN CITY, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Pope Francis, in a personal message to Muslims as they prepared to end the holy month of Ramadan, called for mutual respect among religions.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, July 29, 2013.
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U.S. State Dept. calls on nations to end child labor, exploitation

U.S. State Dept. calls on nations to end child labor, exploitation

WASHINGTON, June 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Wednesday called for the international community to adopt national policies to eliminate child labor and child exploitation.

Court gives healthcare workers broad right to opt out of abortions

EDINBURGH, Scotland, April 25 (UPI) -- A Scottish appeals court ruled Wednesday that two midwives, both Roman Catholics, can opt out of planning staffing for abortions.

Pope Francis celebrates Easter mass

VATICAN CITY, March 31 (UPI) -- Pope Francis delivered the traditional Urbi et Orbi blessing to a packed crowd at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican on Easter Sunday.
Pope Francis urges courage at first mass

Pope Francis urges courage at first mass

VATICAN CITY, March 14 (UPI) -- Pope Francis, in his first mass as leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, Thursday urged the church to have courage.
Black smoke means no new pope yet

Black smoke means no new pope yet

VATICAN CITY, March 12 (UPI) -- Black smoke poured from a chimney on the Vatican's Sistine Chapel Tuesday, signaling cardinals had failed to elect a successor to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

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Pope Benedict holds last public mass

Pope Benedict holds last public mass

VATICAN CITY, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Ash Wednesday mass, his last public mass and first public appearance since he announced his resignation.

Benedict's papal ring to be destroyed

VATICAN CITY, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI's papal ring will be destroyed after he steps down at the end of the month, a Vatican spokesman said Tuesday.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013.
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Poland's Cardinal Glemp dies at 83

WARSAW, Poland, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Cardinal Jozef Glemp, who led Poland's Roman Catholics through the transition from Communism to democracy, has died at age 83, the Archbishop of Warsaw said.

Clegg: Catholic royal spouses no problem

LONDON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- The ban on Catholic spouses for British monarchs and their heirs is an 18th-century anachronism, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said Tuesday.
Clergy abuse survivors on road to recovery

Clergy abuse survivors on road to recovery

CHICAGO, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- An attorney for clergy sex abuse victims says revealing the failures of Chicago's Roman Catholic Archdiocese will go a long way to helping survivors recover.

The dead leave Detroit for suburbs

DETROIT, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Even the dead are moving out of Detroit as families that have fled to the suburbs move the bodies of relatives to new cemeteries.
Poll: Obama support contracts

Poll: Obama support contracts

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Barack Obama's lead over Sen. John McCain fell from an average 6 percentage points in July to 1 point last week, a Gallup Poll indicates.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, July 29, 2008.
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Poll: Catholics divided on sex teachings

LONDON, July 27 (UPI) -- Most practicing Roman Catholics say they believe the church should revise its teaching on birth control, a poll indicates.
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