Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell of Australia has been charged by police in the state of Victoria with sexual assault. Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Ill., has barred priests from performing sacraments for people in same-sex marriages. Above, Paprocki testifies against an Illinois same-sex marriage bill in 2013. Seth Perlman/AP hide caption

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A volunteer brings daily food rations for people who fled the conflict in the Kasai region earlier this month. They are at a camp for internally displaced persons in Kikwit, Democratic Republic of Congo. John Wessels /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims gathered in Fatima, Portugal, on Saturday, where Pope Francis canonized two new saints. Jacinta and Francisco Marto were children 100 years ago when their visions of the Virgin Mary marked this place as an important Catholic shrine. Paulo Novais/AP hide caption

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Amy Clayton teaches a fifth-grade history class at St. Jerome Academy in Hyattsville, Md. The school, which almost closed eight years ago, has experienced growth over the past few years, largely due to an influx of Catholic families who were drawn to Hyattsville by a desire to live among others who share their values. Tom Gjelten/NPR hide caption

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Catholics Build 'Intentional' Community Of Like-Minded Believers

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Pope Benedict XVI apologized in 2008 to victims of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic clergy at a mass in Sydney at St. Mary's Cathedral. Rick Rycroft/AP hide caption

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, shown at a news conference at Davao's international airport on Dec. 17, says family planning is critical for reducing poverty. Manman Dejeto/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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For Gabriel Otero, the Catholic Mission San Xavier del Bac in Tucson, Ariz., is a sacred place. Indigenous people, Latinos and people of European ancestry all worship there. Sophia Paliza-Carre hide caption

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In Tucson, Ariz., Cultures Combine At 300-Year-Old Catholic Mission

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How Technology Helped Martin Luther Change Christianity

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Pope Francis speaks to Lutheran pilgrims at the Vatican on Oct. 13. The pope is traveling to Lund, Sweden — where the Lutheran World Federation was founded 70 years ago — on Monday to take part in the yearlong commemoration of the Protestant Reformation, launched by Martin Luther in 1517. AP hide caption

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The Pope Commemorates The Reformation That Split Western Christianity

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Tim Kaine's Pastor Describes The Veep Pick's Life As A Devout Catholic

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Pope Francis hugs Sister Carmen Sammut, a missionary sister of Our Lady of Africa, at the Vatican on May 12. The pope said he was willing to create a commission to study whether women can be deacons in the Catholic Church, signaling an openness to letting women serve in ordained ministry currently reserved to men. AP hide caption

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Seizing On Pope's Remarks, Women Meet In Rome To Discuss Female Priesthood

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Pope Francis greets participants in a special audience with members of the International Union of Superiors General on Thursday in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican. L'Osservatore Romano via AP hide caption

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Members of the LGBT community and supporters filled Rome's Piazza Montecitorio on Thursday to celebrate the vote on same-sex civil unions by the Chamber of Deputies. Simona Granati/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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Pope Francis at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square on Wednesday. On Friday he released a post-synodal apostolic exhortation called "Amoris Laetitia," or "The Joy of Love." Andrew Medichini/AP hide caption

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Giles A. Schinelli, Robert J. D'Aversa and Anthony M. Criscitelli were charged with conspiracy and child endangerment for allowing a friar who was a known sexual predator to continue working with children. Office Of The Pennsylvania Attorney General hide caption

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