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Indian cardinal opposed to ‘criminalization’ of same-sex relationships

BANGALORE, India (CNS) -- The head of the Catholic Church in India has reiterated its opposition to "criminalization" of homosexuality.

Church of England bishops approve ‘conversations’ on sexuality

MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- Bishops from the Church of England have approved the start of "facilitated conversations" on sexuality following a report recommending that gay couples should be permitted to celebrate their relationships in churches.

White Army could be wild card in South Sudan’s cease-fire, says priest

YAKIMA, Washington (CNS) -- A Catholic priest who fled the recent fighting in South Sudan remains hopeful that a cease-fire will hold, but worries that an ethnic militia called the White Army may refuse to stop fighting.

Pope names interim president of Vatican financial watchdog agency

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Giorgio Corbellini, a canon lawyer and head of the Vatican human resources office, interim president of the Vatican's Financial Intelligence Authority after accepting the resignation of Cardinal Attilio Nicora.

If you can cheer for a sports team, you can praise God, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Prayers of praise for God aren't just for charismatics, Pope Francis said in a morning homily. "We find it easy to understand praying to ask God for something and also to thank the Lord," he said Jan. 28 at his early morning Mass. But prayers of praise "don't come so spontaneously."

Quebec to vote on euthanasia bill that contradicts ‘basic human values’

OTTAWA, Ontario (CNS) -- Quebec's euthanasia Bill 52 will come to a vote in February, and the province's bishops say it "goes against the most basic human values and contradicts the very purpose of medicine."

Pope accepts resignation of Israeli Melkite archbishop

JERUSALEM (CNS) -- Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Melkite Archbishop Elias Chacour of Haifa. Canon 210 of the Eastern Code of Canon Law allows for resignation for health reasons or at the age of 75. Archbishop Chacour is 74.

Make more room for women without crowding out family, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Women should play a greater role in society and the church without sacrificing their essential attention and contribution to their families, Pope Francis said.

Cardinal defends publication of Blessed John Paul’s private notebooks

WARSAW, Poland (CNS) -- The former personal secretary of Blessed Pope John Paul II has approved the publication of the late pontiff's private notebooks, despite a request in his will that they should be burned.

Relic of Blessed John Paul II reported stolen

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Thieves reportedly stole a relic of Blessed John Paul II from a country chapel 85 miles east of Rome.