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U.N. committee presses Vatican on child abuse, some church teaching

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A committee of the United Nations insisted that the Vatican publish detailed statistics on clerical sexual abuse of minors and that the pope should order Catholic dioceses and religious orders to implement all the policies of the U.N. Convention of the Rights of the Child. The U.N. also said the Vatican should "review its position on abortion" and change canon law to allow easy access to it.

At 98, Blessed John XXIII’s secretary to be oldest living cardinal

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- When the freshly named patriarch of Venice, Cardinal Angelo Roncalli, chose 37-year-old Father Loris Capovilla as his private secretary in 1953, a skeptical adviser told the cardinal that the priest looked too sickly to bear the strain of his new job.

Queen Elizabeth to visit Pope Francis at Vatican on April 3

MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- The Queen of England will visit Pope Francis at the Vatican in April, Buckingham Palace announced. A Feb. 4 statement said Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, will meet the pope on April 3.

Surveys: German, Swiss Catholics reject many church teachings on family

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Reports from bishops' conferences in Germany and Switzerland show a clear divergence between what the church teaches on marriage, sexuality and family life and what Catholics -- even those active in parish life -- personally believe.

Philippine cardinal: Haiyan recovery can show world a united church

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) -- An emotional Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila welcomed U.S. Catholic leaders reviewing Typhoon Haiyan recovery efforts, saying that the work to rebuild devastated communities can show the world a church united in the service of people in need.

Pope to Neocatechumenal Way: Work for unity, respect local cultures

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Thanking members of the Neocatechumenal Way for their generous missionary efforts, Pope Francis also encouraged them to build church unity, learn about local cultures and respect any member's decision to leave the movement.

Canada, Brazil likely to have new saints before year’s end, Jesuit says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Three key figures in the establishment of the Catholic Church in Canada and in Brazil are likely to be declared saints before the end of the year, said a Jesuit who is helping prepare the material needed for their canonizations.

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.