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YANGON, Myanmar – In a small, informal meeting with a variety of religious leaders, Pope Francis went to the heart of his message for Myanmar: unity, not uniformity, is the secret to peace.

Pope in Myanmar: Peace requires justice, respect for human rights

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Yangon, Myanmar – In a major speech in Myanmar, Pope Francis told the nation's leaders to leave conflict behind and work for peace by promoting justice and respect for the rights of all citizens, regardless of religion or ethnicity.

Polish lawmakers consider closing shops on Sundays

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WARSAW – Poland could gradually end Sunday shopping in the next three years, if lawmakers approve a bill under consideration in the national legislature.

Pope Francis welcomed by children, meets generals in Myanmar

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YANGON, Myanmar – Greeted by two dozen children wearing traditional attire and by the nation's bishops, Pope Francis arrived in Myanmar Nov. 27 for a four-day visit.

Pope urges bishops to exercise authority as judges in annulments

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VATICAN CITY – A diocesan bishop is the sole judge in the streamlined process for handling marriage annulments, Pope Francis said.

Egypt mosque attack kills more than 230

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Ismailia, Egypt – Terrorists attacked a mosque on Egypt's Sinai peninsula during Friday prayers, killing 235 people. The incident has been condemned by both Pope Francis and Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the US bishops' conference.

Pope prays for peace, victims of war in Congo and South Sudan

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VATICAN – With plans to visit South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo this year thwarted by ongoing conflict, Pope Francis on Thursday led a prayer vigil for peace in the two countries, asking for an end to war and comfort for victims of the violence.  

Toronto group among the 60,000 to witness beatification of Fr. Solanus Casey

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It was like Heaven on Earth.

In fact, Teodora La Madrid said she was still walking on Cloud Nine days after she returned from the beatification Mass of Fr. Solanus Casey on Nov. 18.

Papal visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh to preach dialogue

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VATICAN – While the ongoing crisis of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar for Bangladesh will draw much attention during Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the two countries, the Pope will focus on interreligious dialogue, poverty and climate change.

As Zimbabwe's president resigns, Catholic bishops call for peace and patience

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Harare, Zimbabwe – As events continue to unfold surrounding the resignation of Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, Catholic bishops of the country have called for the prioritization of the nation’s best interests through peace efforts and a return to Constitutional order.

Adoration has made Juarez a safer city, priest says

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Juarez, Mexico – Juarez, located in the state of Chihuahua in northern Mexico, was considered from 2008 to 2010 to be one of the the most dangerous cities in the world, due to drug trafficking violence and the constant struggles for power and territory between the cartels.