New cardinals announced:
- Pope chooses new cardinals from Africa, Asia, Latin America by Joshua J. McElwee
- Francis uses red hats to offer lesson on global church by John L. Allen Jr.
- Philippine cardinal architect of Asian pastoral churches by Thomas C. Fox
- Cardinals: continuity and change by Jesuit Fr. Thomas Reese
- United Kingdom -- Nichols has been elevated to an office that should have long ago been scrapped by Michael Walsh
- Seoul -- South Korea's newly appointed cardinal, Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, vows efforts to realize Pope Francis' vision of a church serving the poor.
Vatican to Polish prosecutor: We don’t extradite. Vatican says former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, under investigation for alleged sex abuse, is covered by diplomatic immunity.
St. Cloud, Minn. -- St. John’s Abbey monk wants to retroactively plead the Fifth Amendment to questions he already has answered in a deposition
Vatican City -- Pope, in nod to conservatives, calls abortion "horrific" in his yearly address to diplomats accredited to the Vatican, a speech known as his "State of the World" address.
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Commentary -- The minimum wage: Why bishops should not talk about economics
Buffalo, N.Y. -- Activists organize 'flash mobs' for Sunday Masses
Australia -- After one year of operation, sex abuse victims say they pleased with progress of the child sexual abuse royal commission
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