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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