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Energy, God's presence permeate Catholic men's gathering, say attendees

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Nearly 3,000 men from throughout the Newark archdiocese and other parts of New Jersey filled Seton Hall University's recreation complex Saturday for a robust spiritual workout.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York launched the sixth annual Newark archdiocesan Catholic Men's Conference with a keynote address before the men spent the day hearing other talks, praying, sharing in small groups, celebrating the sacrament of penance, and rallying around a festive eucharistic procession.

Behind the numbers: Religious 'nones' may not be who you think they are

In recent surveys, the religious "nones" -- as in, "none of the above" -- appear to lead in the faith marketplace. In fact, "none" could soon be the dominant label U.S. adults pick when asked to describe their religious identity.

But they may not be who you think they are. Today, "nones" include many more unbranded believers than atheists and an increasingly diverse racial and ethnic mix.

And, researchers say, this is already making nones' attitudes and opinions less predictably liberal on social issues.

Green Bay's mayor invites Pope Francis to visit Wisconsin city in 2015

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If the National Football League's smallest city can be home to the four-time Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers, why can't it host a visit from Pope Francis?

That's the thinking of Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt, who has sent a letter to Pope Francis inviting him to Green Bay in 2015.

Finding a parish I can love aligned with a pope I can follow

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When Pope Francis encourages compassion for those judged and excluded by the church, I can't really include myself among those alienated masses. I'm not gay. I'm not a woman. I'm not divorced.

But he speaks to me as a lifelong Catholic estranged from a hierarchy too often in conflict with what seem to me to be basic Christian values.

True, Francis has not changed the policies that perpetuate the discrimination I find so objectionable.

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