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Cardinal George touched nation, world with his intellect, leadership

Cardinal George webCardinal Francis E. George, who retired as archbishop of Chicago in 2014, died April 17 after a long battle with cancer. He is pictured in a 2009 photo. (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World

CHICAGO (CNS) – To say that Cardinal Francis E. George was an intellectual would be an understatement. To try to quantify his impact on the Catholic Church in the United States and in the world would be an underestimation.

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Vatican, LCWR announce successful conclusion of process to reform group

lcwr 20150416cnsbr8883Pope Francis meets with representatives of the U.S. Leadership Conference of Women Religious in his library in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican April 16. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – The Vatican approved new statutes and bylaws for the U.S. Leadership Conference of Women Religious, ending a seven-year process of investigating the group and engaging in dialogue with its officers to ensure greater harmony with church teaching.

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Salesian center offers haven for Iraqi, Syrian children in Istanbul

20150409cnsbr8721 webIraqi refugee Basima Toma teaches English class March 24 at Don Bosco youth center in Istanbul. (CNS photo/Elie Gardner)

ISTANBUL (CNS) – Basima Toma teaches English to about 40 children at the Don Bosco youth center.

A young Iraqi boy stands at the chalkboard with a plastic ruler in his hand and spells out the words W-I-N-T-E-R, S-P-R-I-N-G, S-U-M-M-E-R, A-U-T-U-M-N.

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