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Head of the Philadelphia’s Ukrainian Catholics named to Vatican panel

Pope Francis named five new members to the Vatican Dicastery for Communication for a five-year term, including Archbishop Borys Gudziak, head of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia.

Vatican announces pope will bring migrants from Cyprus to Italy

After denouncing barbed-wire barriers and boat pushbacks to keep out migrants, Pope Francis has pledged to move a dozen migrants from Cyprus to Italy before Christmas.

Meeting Cypriot leaders, pope urges dialogue for peace, care for migrants

On his visit to Cyprus, Pope Francis urged citizens to remember their history as a crossroads of different cultures. Cyprus has received more asylum-seekers per capita than any European country, plus hundreds of foreign workers.

Chilean lawmakers keep criminal sanctions for most abortions

Lawmakers in Chile's lower house of congress narrowly defeated a bill that would have broadened access to abortion by removing criminal penalties for the procedure during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

Pope accepts resignation of Paris archbishop, who denies accusations

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris. A news article alleged he mismanaged his archdiocese and had an affair with a woman while he was vicar general. A retired archbishop will run the archdiocese.

Sainthood causes advance, including priest murdered at Dachau

Pope Francis cleared the way for the canonization of a 20th-century martyr, the Dutch Carmelite friar Blessed Titus Brandsma, murdered by the Nazis for defending Jews and press freedom. Several other causes were also approved.

Paris archbishop denies report, offers to resign to avoid being divisive

A news article claimed Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris mismanaged his archdiocese and had an affair with a woman while he was vicar general. He has opposed liberal legislation on abortion, euthanasia and bioethics.

Closing assembly, Latin American church leaders call for synodal church

Nearly 1,000 church leaders -- lay and religious -- from Latin America and the Caribbean called for a more inclusive church, one that pays attention to people's realities and takes the Gospel to the peripheries of society.

Pope assures migrants they are in his prayers and his heart

Pope Francis asked visitors in St. Peter's Square to join him for a moment of silent prayer for migrants, especially those who recently drowned in the English Channel and in the Mediterranean and those who are freezing on the border of Belarus and Poland.

Pope: Discrimination against people with disabilities must end

Although church teaching is clear, too many people with disabilities lack spiritual care, which is "the worst form of discrimination" in a culture that "finds it hard to appreciate the inestimable value of each person," Pope Francis said.