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Controversy over family issues and the ongoing serach for peace in the Middle East were just some highlights of Vatican news in 2014.
During the second year of his pontificate, Pope Francis was still feeling the love, and not just from Catholics or those from his homeland of Argentina.
A Pew Research Center study released Dec. 11 showed that the pope has broad support across much of the world. Sixty percent of the 43 nations polled had a positive view of the pontiff.
And Americans, in particular, have shown their fondness for Francis, often extolling his simplistic style. According to the Pew study, 78 percent of Americans view the pope favorably.
Ferguson has birthed a movement that identifies white privilege and the wrongful deaths of too many blacks.
The story of the Middle East for 2014 is one of war and displacement, broken families and tireless aid workers and the rise of a new terrorist group.
When people recognize that every child is unique and wanted by God, they will be "amazed by what a great miracle a child is."