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Pope Francis prepares to leave after celebrating a special Mass for the Myanmar faithful last month at the Vatican. On Tuesday, Francis issued new canon law focused on sexual abuse, fraud and the attempted ordination of women. Remo Casilli/Pool via AP hide caption

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The Pope Is Toughening Church Laws On Sex Abuse, Fraud And The Ordination Of Women

The first major revision of Catholic canon law in nearly four decades redefines clerical sex abuse and mandates specific punishments. It also sets punishments for the attempted ordination of women.

A jumping spider - Evarcha arcuata - literally hangs out at nighttime - but this was a surprise, even to a jumping spider researcher. Lukas Jonaitis/Getty Images/500px hide caption

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Why Jumping Spiders Spend All Night Hanging Out — Literally

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Pope Francis prepares to leave after celebrating a special Mass for the Myanmar faithful last month at the Vatican. On Tuesday, Francis issued new canon law focused on sexual abuse, fraud and the attempted ordination of women. Remo Casilli/Pool via AP hide caption

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The Pope Is Toughening Church Laws On Sex Abuse, Fraud And The Ordination Of Women

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A young, red-handed tamarin monkey. Some of these monkeys are changing their vocal call to better communicate with another species of tamarin. Schellhorn/ullstein bild/Getty Images hide caption

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Scientists Say These Monkeys Use An 'Accent' To Communicate With Their Foe

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In India, which ranks 142 out of 180 countries for safety and freedom of the press, journalists have braved backlash to take a firmer stance against Prime Minister Modi's handling of the pandemic after the country's deadly second wave this spring. Xavier Galiana/Getty Images hide caption

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India's Worst COVID Outbreak Yet Forces Journalists to Criticize Modi Leadership

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The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture in Chicago cut some programming but retained its small staff during the pandemic. National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture hide caption

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A New Report Shows Museums Had A Bad Year — But Not The Worst Possible

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Various guns and flags adorn the wall leading up to the ranch house's second floor. Dan Boyce/CPR hide caption

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A Would-Be Trans And Queer Haven In Rural Colorado Just Wants To Be Left Alone

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VIDEO: A Daughter's Journey To Reclaim Her Heritage Language

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