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Facing the truth about ourselves is a step toward holiness, pope says

ROME (CNS) -- Being truthful about what is in one's heart isn't always easy, but it is an essential step to living a good and holy life, Pope Francis told members of a parish on the western outskirts of Rome.

Cardinals give pope recommendations on Vatican bank, financial affairs

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis met for the third time in late February with his international Council of Cardinals, an eight-member group advising him on the reform of the Vatican bureaucracy and other issues.

Pope to engaged couples: After ‘I do,’ comes ‘may I, thank you, sorry’

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Greeting thousands of engaged couples on the feast of St. Valentine, Pope Francis told them not to be afraid of building a permanent and loving relationship in a culture where everything is disposable and fleeting.

Belgium passes law to allow euthanasia for small children

BRUSSELS (CNS) -- Belgian legislators voted to make their country the world's first to allow euthanasia for small children, despite vigorous opposition from the Catholic Church and all main religious groups.

Spanish bishop says no abortions OK, even though conference backs bill

MADRID (CNS) -- A Spanish bishop urged medical personnel to stop performing abortions, as new church-backed legal restrictions passed their first parliamentary hurdle.

Pope: Catholic educators must share Gospel with multicultural society

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis said Catholic educators should engage in dialogue with increasingly multicultural societies in order to share the Gospel more widely.

Meeting Jewish group, pope asks prayers for his Holy Land trip

The modern relationship between Jews and Catholics, Pope Francis told leaders of the American Jewish Committee Feb. 13, has a "theological foundation." The two communities also must find ways to work together to construct "a more just and fraternal world."

Archbishop urges Anglicans to ‘challenge fear’ of discord on issues

LONDON (CNS) -- The archbishop of Canterbury has appealed for unity in the Church of England following a decision to fast-track legislation to allow the consecration of women as bishops by Christmas.

Kenyan bishop says hungry Turkana people eating tree roots, dog meat

NAIROBI, Kenya (CNS) -- A bishop in northwestern Kenya said people are so hungry they are eating wild fruit, roots of trees and dog meat. "Food must reach here soonest to save the people from death," said Bishop Dominic Kimengich of Lodwar, where most residents are animal farmers and ethnic Turkana.

Physical therapist sees ‘duty to give back’ to special needs children

CAIRO (CNS) -- In a ground floor three-room apartment in a slum in the Egyptian capital, Anna-Maria Smith sat at the feet of a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy, coaching her to roll left and right.