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Cardinal Peter Turkson: Bishops need to speak up on the environment

The Vatican is calling on bishops globally to act on the pope's groundbreaking environmental encyclical, Cardinal Peter Turkson said in an interview.

Last week, bishops' conferences across the world were sent a message urging them to speak up about the message of the papal letter, which called for greater action on the environment, said Turkson, who is president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Christians share same baptism, must pray together, Pope Francis tells gathering

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Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox must pray together and work hand-in-hand helping the poor, Pope Francis told thousands of Catholic charismatics and members of other Christian communities.

If the devil "unites us in death, who are we to divide ourselves in life?" he said, adding that all Christians can and must pray together, as they have all received the same baptism and are striving to follow Christ.

Catholic economist: Pope Francis has 'measured' critique of US economy

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Harsh criticisms meted out by Pope Francis on free-market capitalism have sparked backlash from some fiscal conservatives and have led some people to call him "anti-capitalist" or even Marxist.

Ahead of his apostolic visit to the United States in September, some are bracing themselves for more criticisms from the pope, this time directed specifically at the U.S. culture and economy.

St. Therese's parents to be first married couple canonized together

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The parents of St. Therese of Lisieux will be canonized Oct. 18 at the Vatican during the Synod of Bishops on the family.

Louis Martin (1823-1894) and Marie Zelie Guerin Martin (1831-1877) will be the first married couple with children to be canonized in the same ceremony. Other married couples are among the blesseds of the church.

Pope Francis issued the decree approving their canonization Saturday during the public consistory on canonizations at the Vatican; more than 40 cardinals attended.

Pope Francis tells future Vatican diplomats to set aside judgmental attitudes

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Clerics who work in the Vatican's diplomatic corps are not called to be "senior officials of a state" or "a self-preserving superior caste, welcome in worldly living rooms," Pope Francis said.

Rather, they must be "authentic pastors," with the "courage to plow" with their own hands the fields of mission to which they are assigned, he told future Vatican diplomats during an audience at the Vatican on Thursday.

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