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Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl discusses the conclusion of the synod on the family.

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DALLAS (CNS) — Dallas Bishop Kevin J. Farrell said that he followed the teaching of Christ and stepped in to house the fiancee of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan and three others for several weeks at a diocesan facility because no one else would. On Oct. 20, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, among other officials, spoke at an early morning news conference saying area residents should be compassionate and welcoming of those who had been self-monitoring themselves.

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The coordinator of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network discusses the Catholic Church's just-war teaching as it relates to the terrorist group ISIS.

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The unjust situation in the Middle East, especially Iraq and Syria, "demands, beyond our constant prayers, an adequate response from the part of the international community as well," Pope Francis said. The church is united in its "desire for peace and stability in the Middle East and the desire to promote the resolution of conflicts through dialogue, reconciliation and political efforts," he said.

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Beatifying Blessed Paul VI at the concluding Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis praised the late pope as the "great helmsman" of the Second Vatican Council and founder of the synod, as well as a "humble and prophetic witness of love for Christ and his church."

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Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul VI in St. Peter's Square Oct. 19.

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Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz reflects on the conclusion of the synod on the family.

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After several days of animated debate over its official midterm report, the Synod of Bishops on the family agreed on a final document more clearly grounded in traditional Catholic teaching. Yet the assembly failed to reach consensus on especially controversial questions of Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried and the pastoral care of homosexuals.

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Chapels at Princeton, Harvard, Yale and the University of Chicago are explored in Margaret M. Grubiak's "White Elephants on Campus," which provides readers with two history lessons. One is about religion's role on campuses of private, nondenominational U.S. universities; the other is about the architecture of these chapels.

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A retired Italian cardinal, who worked for Pope Paul VI and comes from the same diocese, told reporters Oct. 17, two days before Pope Francis was to beatify Pope Paul, described the late pope as a man rich in spirituality, a thinker and a pastor "very sensitive to the challenges of the modern world."

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