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Francis: Priests should never refuse baptism to one who asks

The pope also pleaded that all priests be merciful when hearing confessions. "In the confessional, you will be there to forgive, not to condemn!"

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Pope prays for Nepali quake victims, solidarity for relief workers

More than 3,600 people were known to have been killed and more than 6,500 others injured after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hit a mountainous region near Kathmandu.

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Spirituality

In his name

It happens to everybody at some point. You do someone a good turn, and you get in big trouble for it. Today, we hear Peter defending himself before the guardians of orthodoxy. Poor Peter is accused of healing a...

The fear of real Roman Curia reform

A Roman Observer: A high-ranking Vatican official recently voiced serious doubts about the need to reform the Roman Curia. He said talk of reform was exaggerated.

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Lay reform groups discuss equality of women, church governance at international meeting

At the meeting, 38 delegates from 10 countries said they seek to establish an international "network of networks" to develop strategies on church reform.

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Developer hopes park can bridge trust issues between DC's haves and have-nots

Can political and economic projects actually take into account more than a bottom line? A public park developer is working toward an answer.

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