Morning Briefing

German bishops discuss family on the synod survey: Most German Catholics disputed Church bans on birth control and premarital or gay sex and criticized rules barring the divorced from remarriage in church.

Syria 'to complete chemical weapon shipments by March'

Washington -- Catholic social ministers told, 'Serve, accompany, and defend the poor'

For Pope Francis: A To-Do List on Women

Belleville, Ill., diocese to close five parishes

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Manchester, N.H. -- Ex-Diocese official expected to plead guilty to stealing money from hospital, priest's estate. Ex-chancellor to see four years in state prison

Philippines -- Bishops continue to push president on agrarian reforms

Canadian bishops urge government intervention on Israeli wall

Pope's quotes: the most urgent problem

This history of divorce and remarriage in the Roman Catholic church: When the Church of Rome Forgave Second Marriages

A Church Divided Over Marriage Equality. It's the Methodists, not the Catholics.

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