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20170227T0734 1481 CNS POPE MARRIAGE ROTA 800Pope Francis greets Cardinal Carlos Osoro Sierra of Madrid during an audience with parish priests attending a course on marriage preparation sponsored by the Roman Rota, at the Vatican Feb. 25. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Reaching out to and guiding couples in cohabitation with tenderness and compassion is essential to promoting and defending the sanctity of marriage, Pope Francis said.

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WASHINGTON (CNA/EWTN News) — Through its annual rice bowl initiative, Catholic Relief Services has announced it will be promoting a “culture of encounter” in its Lenten operation.

20170118T1050 7387 CNS BISHOPS ACA CONGRESS 800The federal government forms for applying for health coverage are seen in this 2013 photo taken during a rally by supporters of the Affordable Care Act in Jackson, Miss. (CNS photo/Jonathan Bachman, Reuters)

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The chairman of the U.S. bishops' domestic policy committee said Jan. 18 that a repeal of the federal health care law should not take place without immediate passage of a plan that preserves people's access to adequate health care and also protects human life, conscience rights and the poor.

Pope Francis gives Urbi et Orbi blessing from St Peters Basilica Christmas Day Dec 25 2015 Photo LOsservatore Romano CNAVATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – In his traditional "Urbi et Orbi" blessing Christmas Day, Pope Francis prayed that the Child Jesus, also called the Prince of Peace, would bring a real and lasting peace to everyone suffering from violence and conflict around the world.

20161123T1442 0940 CNS CONTRACEPTION COURT TRUMP 800Women religious gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington March 23, the day the high court heard oral arguments in religious groups' suit against the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate. (CNS photo/Jim Lo Scalzo, EPA)

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious employers that challenged the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act have been cautiously breathing a sigh of relief since the presidential election.

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