Domenico Giani, lead bodyguard for Pope Francis and head of the Vatican police force, keeps watch as the pope leaves his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican May 1, 2019. Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Giani Oct. 14, nearly two weeks after an internal security notice was leaked to the Italian press. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Vatican security chief resigns following leak of internal document

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Domenico Giani, head of the Vatican police, nearly two weeks after an internal security notice was leaked to the Italian press.

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Pope Francis celebrates the canonization Mass for five new saints in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 13, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope declares five new saints

Saints are people who recognized their need for God's help, who took risks to discover God's will and to help others and who nurtured a habit of thanksgiving, Pope Francis said.

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Appearing in the animated movie "The Addams Family" are Charlize Theron as the voice of Morticia Addams, Chloe Grace Moretz as the voice of Wednesday Addams, Oscar Isaac as the voice of Gomez Addams, Finn Wolfhard as the voice of Pugsley and Nick Kroll as the voice of Uncle Fester. (CNS photo/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) See MOVIE-REVIEW-THE-ADDAMS-FAMILY Oct. 11, 2019.

The Addams Family

Those creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky characters from the imagination of Charles Addams receive the big-screen animated treatment in "The Addams Family" (MGM).

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Catholic News Service reporter Carol Zimmermann moderates a roundtable on the death penalty at the headquarters of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington Oct. 10, 2019. Pictured are: Archbishops Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City and Wilton D. Gregory of Washington and Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Fla. (CNS photo/Bob Roller) See BISHOPS-DEATH-PENALTY Oct. 10, 2019.

In death penalty discussion, U.S. bishops emphasize human dignity, mercy

The Catholic Church's opposition to the death penalty stems from its view on the sacredness of human life and the value of mercy, said U.S. bishops in a roundtable discussion about capital punishment Oct. 10.

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An aerial view taken April 12, 2019, shows the Xingu River in the northern Brazilian state of Para. Franciscan Father Joao Messias Sousa, who works among indigenous in the Amazon, said the people believe "God is in all things, but those things are not gods." (CNS Photo/Paul Jeffrey) See VATICAN-LETTER-CREATION Oct. 10, 2019.

God in all things: Synod looks at indigenous ‘theology of creation’

By demanding respect for the cultures of indigenous peoples, Pope Francis was not promoting pantheism, but -- tapping into his Jesuit roots -- urging respect for a worldview that sees God in all things.

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Activists and supporters block the street outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington Oct. 8, 2019, as it hears arguments in three major employment discrimination cases on whether federal civil rights law prohibiting workplace discrimination on the "basis of sex" covers gay and transgender employees. (CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters) See SCOTUS-EMPLOYMENT-DISCRIMINATION Oct. 8, 2019, and SCOTUS-DISCRIMINATION-ARGUMENTS Oct. 9, 2019.

Supreme Court divided over federal protections for LGBT employees

On the second day of the Supreme Court's new term, a divided court Oct. 8 heard oral arguments from three cases concerning protections for gay, lesbian and transgender employees under Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts.*

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Members of the Little Sisters of the Poor pray during Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana April 9, 2016. The Little Sisters of the Poor filed a petition with the Supreme Court Oct. 1, 2019, asking the court to once again protect them from the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act. (CNS photo/Peter Ringenberg, Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture) See SCOTUS-LITTLE-SISTERS Oct. 9, 2019.

Little Sisters of the Poor again seek Supreme Court’s help

The Little Sisters of the Poor filed a petition with the Supreme Court Oct. 1 asking the court to once again protect them from the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act.

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Pope Francis and bishops leave the morning session of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon at the Vatican Oct. 8, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See SYNOD-ENVIRONMENT-INCULTURATION and SYNOD-MINISTRIES-WOMEN Oct. 8, 2019.

Beware of those who want God to live up to their standards, pope says

Too many Christians today are "as long as" Christians, obeying God "as long as" God and the church meet their conditions and criteria for what is acceptable, just and righteous, Pope Francis said.

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Pope Francis greets people during the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon at the Vatican Oct. 8, 2019. (CNS photo/Vatican Media) See SYNOD-ENVIRONMENT-INCULTURATION and SYNOD-MINISTRIES-WOMEN Oct. 8, 2019.

Synod members call for greater role of women, laity in ministry

Synod participants offered several proposals to address the lack of priests in the Amazon region, including revising the formation program for candidates to the priesthood and instituting new ministries for lay men and women.

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The U.S. Capitol in seen in Washington Oct. 1, 2019. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn) See CATHOLICS-CALM Oct. 4, 2019.

Impeachment? Add it to the list of reasons bills are sidetracked

So an impeachment query in the House, and a potential trial in the Senate, want to get in the way of legislation being considered in Congress? Take a number.

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