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Vatican: More help needed for those bearing brunt of climate change

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- World leaders and policy makers need to look beyond the scientific and economic consequences of climate change and direct their attention to the human beings who will be most affected by rising global temperatures, a Vatican official said.

Chilean cardinal expresses concern about plan to decriminalize abortion

SANTIAGO, Chile (CNS) -- Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati Andrello of Santiago, president of the Chilean bishops' conference, expressed his concern about a presidential plan to decriminalize abortion in Chile.

In Britain, gay Catholics prefer civil partnerships

MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- Gay and lesbian Catholics are opposed to the automatic conversion of civil partnerships into same-sex marriages, said the Catholic bishops of England and Wales. They said many gay Catholics held the view of the church that marriage is an exclusive union between a man and a woman, and they did not want their own partnerships to be redefined.

Vatican denies criminal investigation of former secretary of state

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican spokesman denied a German newspaper report that Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, retired Vatican secretary of state, was under criminal investigation for misappropriating funds from the so-called Vatican bank.

In Lourdes, military chaplains find a sacred space for healing

LOURDES, France (CNS) -- Military chaplains are used to hitting the road and heading where the hurt is as they tour bases, camps and veterans clinics.

Soldiers lay down weapons for rosaries as they pray, pay homage to Mary

LOURDES, France (CNS) -- It looked like any other military parade with bands playing, flags waving and thousands of men and women marching in colorful uniforms decorated with medals and ribbons.

Destroying creation is destroying a gift of God, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Polluting or destroying the environment is like telling God one does not like what he created and proclaimed to be good, Pope Francis said.

Pope says his Holy Land trip will be ‘strictly religious’

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Asking prayers for his May 24-26 trip to the Holy Land, Pope Francis said his visit to Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories would be "strictly religious."

Bishops ask pope to beatify Archbishop Romero in El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (CNS) -- Pope Francis assured the bishops of El Salvador that the sainthood cause of slain Archbishop Oscar Romero was proceeding well. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, who is planning next year's World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, is the official promoter of Archbishop Romero's cause.

Pope says church tensions must be resolved with discussion, prayer

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In the church, as in any other situation, "problems cannot be resolved by pretending they don't exist," Pope Francis told visitors in St. Peter's Square.