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Pope calls on Christians to build bridges of unity over division

"We can no longer live apart," Pope Francis said during his recent European trip. He used the metaphor of bridge-building to address issues including vaccine skepticism, migration, same-sex couples, denial of Communion and worldwide political polarization.

Public schools can display crucifix, Italian court rules

Italy's highest court ruled that all religious symbols can be "welcomed" as long as it is decided in a democratic, civil and "gentle" manner by students and faculty together, and not from a "tyranny" of the majority in the school community.

Pope: Bishops must handle Communion debate as shepherds

The debate about denying Communion to politicians who support abortion must be handled in a pastoral way, not by public condemnations that seek to "excommunicate" Catholics who are not in line with church teaching, Pope Francis said.

Eucharist heals from idolatry of ‘self,’ pope says at Mass in Budapest

After meeting with Hungary's leaders, Pope Francis presiding over the closing of the International Eucharistic Congress Sept. 12. He urged people to make time for eucharistic adoration. He said Jesus can "free us from the paralyzing slavery of defending our image."

Horrors of Holocaust must not be forgotten, pope tells Slovak Jews

Pope Francis spoke to the Jewish community at a memorial in Bratislava on a site where a synagogue once stood before it was destroyed by communist authorities in 1969 to make way for a bridge. He called the Holocaust "the worst form of blasphemy."

After warm welcome to Slovakia, pope encourages Christian leaders to unite

After his arrival in Bratislava, Pope Francis met with ecumenical leaders and reflected on freedom "after years of atheistic persecution." He warned them against "the temptation to return to bondage, not that of a regime, but one even worse: an interior bondage."

Mexican Supreme Court invalidates second state law against abortion

The court ruled unanimously in two cases to invalidate part of a state constitution protecting the right to life plus a state law that had imposed prison terms for women terminating pregnancies. Observers expect the decisions to lead to decriminalization across Mexico.

‘Runaway train’: Doctors warn U.K. politicians against Assisted Dying Bill

As Great Britain debates legalizing assisted suicide, one American doctor said "the failures are brutal" and "safeguards are not being followed" where the practice is legal, in Oregon. Similar warnings came from physicians in Canada and Belgium.

Make brave choice to lead simpler, eco-friendly life, pope says

In a new video, Pope Francis prayed that people would change the way they eat, travel and use resources for an environmentally sustainable lifestyle, "taking inspiration from our young people who are resolutely committed to this."

Pope plans to visit climate change conference in Glasgow

Pope Francis will travel to the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Scotland in November, and to host about three dozen religious leaders from around the world at a meeting at the Vatican and in Rome Oct. 4 in preparation for COP26.