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Pope tells Argentina he can't visit this year or next
September 30, 2016

In heartfelt letter to his homeland Sept. 30, Pope Francis told his fellow Argentines that he will not be able to visit this or next year because of obligations in Asia and Africa.

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San Diego bishop calls for calm, police transparency in shooting case
San Diego bishop calls for calm, police transparency in shooting case
September 30, 2016

Bishop Robert W. McElroy of San Diego asked people to pray for calm and called on police to be "as transparent as possible" in their investigation following the shooting of unarmed man in a San Diego suburb.

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Pope urges dialogue to end Georgian-Russian territorial stalemate
Pope urges dialogue to end Georgian-Russian territorial stalemate
September 30, 2016

Subtly acknowledging Georgia's ongoing territorial dispute with Russia, Pope Francis urged greater efforts to sow peace throughout the Caucasus region.

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Pro-life groups begin national tour in Washington
Pro-life groups begin national tour in Washington
September 29, 2016

A group of pro-life advocates from around the country gathered Sept. 28 in front of the steps of Supreme Court of the United States to announce the start of a national bus tour to rally others to support their cause.

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Pope pleas on behalf of civilians in Aleppo as bombing intensifies
September 29, 2016

As a brief cease-fire agreement failed and Syrian government forces returned to bombing Aleppo and fighting rebels in the city streets, Pope Francis made a forceful appeal for assistance for the thousands of innocent civilians trapped in the besieged city.

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Annual White Mass set for Nov. 5
September 28, 2016

All doctors, nurses, chaplains and other health-care professionals and their families are invited to attend the annual White Mass, celebrated by Bishop Salvatore R. Matano, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at St. Anne Church, 1600 Mt. Hope Ave., Rochester.

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Former Israeli President Shimon Peres dies at 93
Former Israeli President Shimon Peres dies at 93
September 28, 2016

One of the last ceremonies in which former Israeli President Shimon Peres participated as a public figure took place in the Vatican Gardens in June 2014, the last month of his presidency. Along with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, he planted an olive tree at the invitation of Pope Francis.

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State Department official sees positive mix of religion and politics
September 27, 2016

 Although religion and politics can be a volatile mix, they also can be a force for good, said a U.S. State Department official.

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Vatican concerned about North Korea's nuclear capabilities
Vatican concerned about North Korea's nuclear capabilities
September 27, 2016

Pope Francis and the Vatican are concerned about continuing tensions on the Korean peninsula "on account of the nuclear tests carried out by North Korea," the Vatican spokesman confirmed.

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