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One year later: Expect Benedict XVI to be silent on anniversary of his decision to retire as pope

What a difference a year has made since Benedict's resignation

Benedict has no regrets 

Shirley Temple dies -- Hollywood child superstar dies at 85

Washington -- Further delays for employees in health law

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Opinion: The U.S. insurance model doesn't work

U.S. debates drone  strike on American terrorism suspect in Pakistan

Kerala's Latin Catholic holding rally to raise various issues faced by the community

New archbishop in Chicago: Pope's pick will be key to U.S. Catholic church

World could face war and terror over water shortages

Pope Francis approves Korean martyrs' cause for sainthood

Pew research: Russians return to religion but not to church

Same-sex couples to receive more federal privileges

Court rulings open doors for new challenges to gay marriage bans

Wielding whip and a hard new law, Nigeria tries to sanitize itself of gays

Everyone wants to see Pope Francis: Philadelphia abuzz over prospect of papal visit

Jesuits launch jubilee year to mark 400 years in Vietnam

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