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Pope beatifies Paul VI at remarkable synod's end

Pope beatifies Paul VI at remarkable synod's end

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is helped by his personal secretary Monsignor Georg Gaenswein as he arrives in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican to attend the beatification ceremony of Pope Paul VI, and a mass for the closing of of a two-week synod on family issues, celebrated by Pope Francis, Su…

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Pope beatifies Paul VI at remarkable synod's end

Pope beatifies Paul VI at remarkable synod's end

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, left, greets Pope Francis prior to the start of the beatification ceremony of Pope Paul VI and a mass for the closing of a two-week synod on family issues, in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Pope beatifies Paul VI at remarkable synod's end

Pope beatifies Paul VI at remarkable synod's end

A nun carries a relic of late Pontiff Paul VI during the beatification ceremony and a mass for the closing of of a two-week synod on family issues celebrated by Pope Francis, in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Pope beatifies Paul VI at remarkable synod's end

Pope beatifies Paul VI at remarkable synod's end

Prelates wait for the start of the beatification ceremony of Pope Paul VI and a mass for the closing of of a two-week synod on family issues celebrated by Pope Francis, in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Pope Francis: God 'not afraid of new things'

Pope Francis: God 'not afraid of new things'

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Sunday beatified Pope Paul VI, concluding the remarkable meeting of bishops debating family issues that drew parallels to the tumultuous reforms of the Second Vatican Council which Paul oversaw and implemented.

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Pope beatifies Paul VI at remarkable synod's end

Pope beatifies Paul VI at remarkable synod's end

Prelates wait for the start of the beatification ceremony of Pope Paul VI in front of St. Peter’s statue. A Mass marked the close of the two-week synod on family issues at St. Peter’s Square, also attended by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI.

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Site for Greek church near WTC gets blessing

Site for Greek church near WTC gets blessing

NEW YORK — Hundreds of members of New York's Greek Orthodox community attended a blessing ceremony on Saturday for a church that will replace a house of worship that was destroyed in the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

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Bishops scrap welcome to gays in sign of split

Bishops scrap welcome to gays in sign of split

Pope Francis attends the morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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Bishops scrap welcome to gays in sign of split

Bishops scrap welcome to gays in sign of split

Pope Francis, right, arrives with bishops and cardinals to attend an afternoon session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Catholic bishops predicted widespread approval Saturday of a revised document laying out the church's position on gays, sex, ma…

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Bishops scrap welcome to gays in sign of split

Bishops scrap welcome to gays in sign of split

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, is saluted by two Swiss guards as he arrives to attend an afternoon session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Catholic bishops predicted widespread approval Saturday of a revised document laying out …

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Bishops scrap welcome to gays in sign of split

Bishops scrap welcome to gays in sign of split

Pope Francis prays as he opens the morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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Bishops scrap welcome to gays in sign of split

Bishops scrap welcome to gays in sign of split

VATICAN CITY — Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families.

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Bishops scrap welcome to gays in sign of split

Bishops scrap welcome to gays in sign of split

Pope Francis and Catholic bishops join in prayer as the pope opens Saturday morning’s session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican. 

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Rome mayor defiantly registers 16 gay marriages

Rome mayor defiantly registers 16 gay marriages

Rome's Mayor Ignazio Marino, center, poses with Andrea Rubera, left, and Dario de Gregori after he registered their gay marriage, in Rome, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. The gay marriage debate arrived within walking distance of the Vatican on Saturday as Rome's mayor registered 16 gay marriages c…

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Rome mayor defiantly registers 16 gay marriages

Rome mayor defiantly registers 16 gay marriages

Rome's Mayor Ignazio Marino, center, smiles as he registers the gay marriage between Jonathon Dominic Spada, left, and Fabrizio Maffeo, in Rome, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Marino has registered 16 gay marriages entered abroad in open defiance of Italy's Interior Ministry. Gay marriage is illeg…

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Rome mayor defiantly registers 16 gay marriages

Rome mayor defiantly registers 16 gay marriages

ROME — The gay marriage debate arrived within walking distance of the Vatican on Saturday as Rome's mayor defied Italy's government and registered 16 gay marriages celebrated abroad.

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Rome mayor defiantly registers 16 gay marriages

Rome mayor defiantly registers 16 gay marriages

Rome's Mayor Ignazio Marino, left, smiles as Jonathon Dominic Spada, center, and Fabrizio Maffeo kiss after their gay marriage was registered, in Rome, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Marino has registered 16 gay marriages entered abroad in open defiance of Italy's Interior Ministry. Gay marriage i…

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Brazil: Evangelical lawmakers worry gay activists

Brazil: Evangelical lawmakers worry gay activists

In this Sept. 25, 2014 photo, Brazil's most influential Pentecostal pastor Silas Malafaia, crosses the stage as he preaches during a service at the Assemblies of God church, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Malafaia has 800,000 followers on Twitter, books that have sold in the millions and sermons…

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Brazil: Evangelical lawmakers worry gay activists

Brazil: Evangelical lawmakers worry gay activists

FILE - In this June 22, 2013 file photo, a demonstrator holds up a sign that reads in Portuguese; "Get your religion out of our constitution," during a protest against sexism and in defense of women's rights in Brasilia, Brazil. Since Brazil’s return to democracy in 1985, the nation’s presid…

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Brazil: Evangelical lawmakers worry gay activists

Brazil: Evangelical lawmakers worry gay activists

FILE - In this June 5, 2013 file photo, people hold up a poster that reads in Portuguese; "Abortion? No!" during a rally by members of evangelical churches to protest abortion and gay marriage in downtown Brasilia, Brazil. Despite its anything-goes appearance, Brazil is, like many predominan…

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