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Two siblings hug in front of a row of Christmas trees lining the street near Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Dec. 16. Worshippers filled Sunday services to mourn the victims of a gunman's elementary school rampage that killed 20 children and six adults at the school Dec. 14. (CNS/Reuters)

President Barack Obama comforts town, vows to work to prevent more mass shootings

Syrian vice president says neither side can win war

Dukakis seen as possible Senate replacement if Kerry tapped for State

Fort Worth, Texas -- Volunteer to parish youth, who was accused of "boundary issues," sues diocese of defamation

Catholic priests respond quickly to Conn. school shooting

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Church of England -- Female bishop row deepens as priest refuses promotion in protest

Salem, Mass. -- Salem’s four Catholic churches could be among first to try new Boston archdiocese re-organization plan

Minnesota -- More than a month after Minnesota became the first state to defeat a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, some Catholics say it’s time to acknowledge how divisive that effort was within the church.

Philippine lawmakers will cast a decisive vote on Monday night that could lead to the approval of a highly contentious law allowing wider distribution of contraceptives to poor couples while requiring schools to teach sex education to teenage students.

Sydney, Australia -- A former Catholic brother and convicted pedophile will fight an attempt to extradite him from New Zealand to Australia where he is facing 252 child sex charges.

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