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Scottish Catholic agency will not have to consider same-sex adopters

GLASGOW, Scotland (CNS) -- A Catholic adoption agency in Scotland has won an appeal that allows it to remain functioning without assessing gay couples as possible adopters and foster parents.

Pope calls for the promotion of life at every stage

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis called on all Catholics to welcome, serve and respect life, whether still unborn or approaching its natural end.

Italian police recover stolen relic of Blessed John Paul II

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Less than a week after a relic of Blessed John Paul II disappeared from a country chapel east of Rome, Italian police recovered the venerated piece of fabric stained with the late pope's blood.

Officials say final report on visitation of U.S. nuns expected soon

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Before the year dedicated to consecrated life begins in November, the Vatican congregation for religious hopes to release its final report on the 2009-2010 visitation of U.S. women's communities.

Church must always protect, support children against abuse, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Children and young people must always be protected against sexual abuse and always find adequate support in the church community, Pope Francis told the Vatican doctrinal office dealing with suspected cases of sexual abuse by clergy.

Mideast cyberactivists say dreams of democracy remain unrealized

AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) -- Cyberactivists from Egypt and throughout the Middle East said their dreams of freedom of expression and democracy are unrealized.

The Salesian and the Shogun: Documents discovered in Vatican Library

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Just a few days before the feast of St. John Bosco, founder of the Salesians, the Vatican Library announced a major project to inventory, digitalize, catalogue and study unique historical documents collected by a Salesian missionary to Japan.

As Israeli court hears case, U.S., Canadian bishops weigh in on barrier

JERUSALEM (CNS) -- On the eve of an Israeli Supreme Court decision concerning the construction of a contested segment of the security barrier in the West Bank town of Beit Jalla, U.S. and Canadian bishops sent letters to their governmental representatives urging them to push Israel to stop building along the proposed route.

Thieves confess, but relic of Blessed John Paul II still missing

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Less than a week after a relic of Blessed John Paul II disappeared from a country chapel east of Rome, Italian police arrested two men for the theft, but the venerated piece of fabric stained with the late pope's blood was still missing.

Catholic identity must be clear, uncompromising, pope tells university

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Catholic universities must give "uncompromising" and "unambiguous" witness to church teaching and defend themselves from all efforts to dilute their Catholic identity, Pope Francis said.