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Pope Francis celebrates morning Mass in the chapel of his residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae, at the Vatican Feb. 25, 2020. (CNS photo/Vatican Media) See POPE-MASS-TITLES Feb. 25, 2020.

Pope: Christians with humility, not grand titles, are the greatest ones

The most important members of the Catholic Church are not the ones who hold lofty titles and high positions but rather those who humbly serve others, Pope Francis said.

Sharonell Fulton, a foster parent in Philadelphia, is pictured with a young woman and child in a May 23, 2018, photo. The U.S. Supreme Court announced Feb. 24, 2020, that in its next term it will examine if the city of Philadelphia can exclude a Catholic social services agency from the city's foster care program because the agency will not accept same-sex couples as foster parents. The case is Fulton v. Philadelphia. (CNS photo/courtesy Becket Religious Liberty for All) See SCOTUS-FOSTER-CARE Feb. 24, 2020.

High court to examine religious liberty, foster care by same-sex couples

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Feb. 24 that in its next term it will examine if the city of Philadelphia can exclude a Catholic social services agency from the city's foster care program because the agency will not accept same-sex couples as foster parents.

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Women raise their hands as they protest against gender violence and femicide in Puebla, Mexico, Feb. 22, 2020. Mexico's bishops voiced outrage over a spate of shocking slayings of women and girls. (CNS photo/Imelda Medina, Reuters) See MEXICO-FEMICIDE-BISHOPS Feb. 24, 2020.

Mexican bishops call for action, boosting families as femicide increases

Mexico's bishops called for action after a spate of slayings of women and girls—crimes known as femicide—that have provoked anger and protests, but also highlighted the country's machismo culture and deep-seated problems such as impunity.

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Jean Vanier, founder of the L'Arche communities, is pictured in a March 11, 2015, photo. Vanier, a Canadian Catholic figure whose charity work helped improve conditions for the developmentally disabled in multiple countries over the past half century, died May 7 at age 90. (CNS photo/courtesy Jean Vanier Association) See OBIT-VANIER and VANIER-REACT May 7, 2019..

Jean Vanier had ‘manipulative’ sexual relationships with six women

Jean Vanier, founder of the ecumenical L'Arche communities that provide group homes and spiritual support for people with intellectual disabilities, used his status to have "manipulative" sexual relationships with at least six women, concludes an internal investigation commissioned by the organization.

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Pope Francis prays Feb. 22, 2019, the second day of the Vatican meeting on the protection of minors. After the pope convened the historic summit one year ago to address abuse and accountability, much has been done, but still more needs done. (CNS photo/Vatican Media via Reuters)

One year after abuse summit, church reviews progress, additional needs

Since Pope Francis convened a historic summit at the Vatican one year ago to address clergy sex abuse and accountability, much has been done, but advocates say more is needed.

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Pope Francis poses for a group photo during a meeting with U.S. bishops from the Eastern Catholic Churches in the United States during their "ad limina" visits to the Vatican Feb. 20, 2020. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

U.S. Eastern Catholic bishops thank pope for lifting ban on married priests

Pope Francis "is a father who knows very well his daughters and sons," including those who belong to the Eastern Catholic churches, said the Armenian Catholic bishop of the United States and Canada.

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Books are pictured in a cabinet in the Vatican Secret Archives. After decades of anticipation, the Vatican is opening its archives on the World War II pontificate of Pope Pius XII. (CNS photo/Vatican Secret Archives)

Full look at Vatican wartime role will take patience, archivists say

When the Vatican's wartime archives open to researchers March 2, it will be just the start of what should be a long, slow process of studying, analyzing and publishing findings, said the Vatican's archivist and librarian.

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The statue of a Scout stands at the entrance to the Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Irving, Texas. Boy Scout councils and units sponsored by Catholic parishes and other entities will not be affected by the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case filed Feb. 18, 2020, by the Boy Scouts of America, said the chairman of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting. (CNS photo/Tim Sharp, Reuters)

Catholic Scout councils not affected by bankruptcy case, chairman says

Boy Scout councils and units sponsored by Catholic parishes and other entities will not be affected by the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case filed by the Boy Scouts of America, said the chairman of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting.

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Raphael’s tapestries briefly return to Sistine Chapel

An artistic masterpiece conceived by the Renaissance master Raphael was on display for one week in the Sistine Chapel to help celebrate the 500th anniversary of the artist's death.

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Pope Francis listens as Gian Piero Milano, promoter of justice at the Vatican City state court, speaks during the opening of the 91st judicial year of the court during an audience in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican Feb. 15, 2020. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

Vatican police seize documents, computers in finance probe

Vatican police seized documents and computers at the home and office of a former official at the Vatican Secretariat of State in their continuing investigation into financial mismanagement.

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