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Catholic group will accept Scouts' decision to allow girls to join 

IRVING, Texas (CNS) -- The leaders of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting, which has its headquarters in the Dallas suburb of Irving, said they "accept and work with the new membership policy of the Boy Scouts of America" to admit girls.

Pope announces Synod of Bishops dedicated to people in Amazon 

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Addressing the challenges of evangelization in one of the world's most remote areas and the connection between faith and environmental concern, Pope Francis announced a special gathering of the Synod of Bishops to focus on the Amazon region.

Christian life is a love story with God, pope says at canonization 

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Like the Catholic Church's newest saints, Christians are called to live their faith as a love story with God who wants a relationship that is "more than that of devoted subjects with their king," Pope Francis said.

To fight hunger and forced migration, end war, arms trade, pope says 

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- It makes no sense to lament the problems of hunger and forced migration if one is unwilling to address their root causes, which are conflict and climate change, Pope Francis said.

Victims of Las Vegas shooting remembered at funeral Masses, vigils 

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Immediate makeshift memorials in Las Vegas to the 58 victims killed during the Oct. 1 outdoor country music concert are being replaced by memorial services, vigils and Catholic funerals at the victims' hometowns across the country and in Canada.

New saints inspire Christians to build peaceful world, bishop says 

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The church's newest saints represent a diverse group of people who offer encouragement and hope to Christians today through their example, a Brazilian bishop said.

Vatican: Canada did not seek extradition for diplomat with porn charges 

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Canadian authorities did not request the extradition of a Vatican diplomat who has been charged by police in Canada of accessing, possessing and distributing child pornography, a Vatican spokesman said.

Find ways to keep migrant families together, Vatican official says 

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Overly strict immigration laws do not discourage migration, and more must be done to keep migrant families together, a Vatican representative said.

Have courage, pray fervently, pope tells churches facing persecution 

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- No matter how much suffering Christians face in the world, God never forgets those who trust in and serve him, Pope Francis told leaders of Eastern Catholic churches.

Devotion to Padre Pio evident in thousands who turn out to venerate relics 

CHICAGO (CNS) -- When the relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina -- commonly known as Padre Pio -- stopped at two Chicago churches, more than 19,000 people turned out to venerate them, organizers said.

Death penalty is 'contrary to the Gospel,' pope says 

The death penalty, no matter how it is carried out, "is, in itself, contrary to the Gospel," Pope Francis said.

Pope tops 40 million followers on Twitter, 5 million on Instagram 

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis' @Pontifex Twitter accounts reached more than 40 million followers just a few months before the fifth anniversary of when Pope Benedict XVI launched the initiative.

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