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Catholic News Service, serving since 1920 as a news agency specializing in reporting religion, is the primary source of national and world news that appears in the U.S. Catholic press. It is also a leading source of news for Catholic print and broadcast media throughout the world.

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For many Catholic married couples, the training they received for their vocation started and ended with the required marriage preparation classes they took as engaged couples.

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Pope Francis honored former prisoners of conscience at a prayer service in Tirana, Albania, Sept. 21.

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TIRANA, Albania (CNS) — Two survivors of Albania's communist crackdown against the church brought Pope Francis tears with their stories during a vespers service in Tirana's cathedral Sept. 21. "To hear a martyr talk about his own martyrdom is intense," the pope told journalists on the papal plane back to Rome the same evening.

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Pope Francis has named Bishop Blase J. Cupich of Spokane, Washington, as archbishop of Chicago, succeeding Cardinal Francis E. George, who has headed the archdiocese since 1997.

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Bishop Michael C. Barber was able to do what general manager Billy Beane could not: Call Grant Desme to Oakland.

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JERUSALEM (CNS) — Several U.S. Catholic bishops are returning from a nine-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land where they met with Israeli and Palestinian religious and political leaders, spent time meeting local residents and prayed at holy sites. One of them never expected to see such destruction and suffering.

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Pope Francis visited Italy's largest war memorial to mark the centenary of World War I, Sept. 13.

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Tuck the Gospel in your pocket and put on your walking shoes to share Christ's love, peace and joy with the world, Pope Francis said.

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At a Sept. 16 briefing, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, described the world meeting as one of several related events to follow the October 2014 extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family, which will prepare an agenda for the worldwide synod one year later.

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The family under discussion when the extraordinary Synod of Bishops convenes at the Vatican Oct. 5 will bear little resemblance to the family of 50 or even 20 years ago.

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