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UN Committee Grills Vatican Officials On Sex Abuse

A U.N. committee has found that systematic sex abuse by priests in the Catholic Church amounted to torture. At the Holy See's first appearance before the committee, experts on the panel peppered the representative with questions. On Tuesday, the Vatican has a chance to respond.
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Vatican Tells U.N. Committee That Abuse Claims Have Dropped

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi said there had been a "stabilization and even decline of cases of pedophilia."
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Blessed Be Thy Bicycle: New York Riders Roll Into Church

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine held its 16th annual ceremony to bless the city's bikes and cyclists on Saturday. Some come for God's help; others are just hoping for "a little extra mojo."
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First Openly Gay Episcopal Bishop Announces Divorce

"My belief in marriage is undiminished by the reality of divorcing someone I have loved for a very long time," Bishop Gene Robinson says.
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Yiddish Culture Takes Center Stage

An effort to preserve the Yiddish language is getting a boost from the theater world. The artistic director of the National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene talks about preserving the language through art.
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As Egyptian Laws Tighten, One Outlaw Preacher Defies State Power

Wary of the messages people are hearing in mosques, the Egyptian government is telling tens of thousands of preachers what they should be saying in their sermons. One preacher is defying the order.
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Egyptian Court Hands Down 683 Death Sentences

It's the second mass death sentence in just two months in Egypt; however, all but 37 of the 529 people convicted in March had their sentences commuted.
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Crowds Jam St. Peter's For Historic Day Of Four Popes

Hundreds of thousands of people filled the Vatican's massive plaza to witness the extraordinary sight of two popes — one reigning and one retired — declaring two of their predecessors as saints.
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Two Very Different Popes Will Be Canonized

Pope John Paul II was a favorite of traditionalists in the Catholic Church. John XXIII was beloved by liberals. By canonizing them together, Pope Francis hopes to keep all Catholics in the same tent.
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Saint Who? John XXIII Overshadowed By John Paul II

Catholics have known for years that Pope John Paul II was destined for sainthood, but many aren't so familiar with John XXIII, who also will be canonized on Sunday.

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