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Cardinal-elect Vincent Nichols: Enigmatic archbishop stepping into pope's inner circle

Australian Christian missionary arrested on second trip to North Korea

Los Angeles -- Archbishop Mahony kept altar boy list from police

Los Angeles -- Cardinal unlikely to face charges -- Mahony has emerged from the scandal with his reputation tarnished but his place in the church intact.

Kansas Senate leaders kill controversial religious freedom bill

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Commentary: What We Mean When We Speak of Tradition in the Church by Charles Reid Jr.

New Orleans: Pope Francis' survey on contraception, divorce, same-sex couples: How would you answer?

Canada -- Catholic church withholding millions from victims, alleges government

Today's highly recommend read: Catholic activists want Pope Francis to match words with actions

Vicar general of the diocese of Springfield in Illinois named bishop of Wichita, Kan.

Commentary: Francis' laity appreciate being treated like adults by Michael W. Higgins, vice president of Mission and Catholic Identity at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn.

Yakima, Wash. — The Washington state Catholic bishops have sent a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee, thanking him for imposing a moratorium on the death penalty.

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