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'We shall overcome' in fight against abortion, says Cardinal O'Malley

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Evoking a phrase long associated with the civil rights movement, Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston told an overflow crowd in Washington that "we shall overcome" in the fight against abortion.

Poverty stems from unjust economic system, not big families, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Families who have lots of children do not cause poverty, Pope Francis said.

Pope's canonization announcement surprises even Serra's promoters

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Surprising even the people who have been promoting the sainthood cause of Blessed Junipero Serra, Pope Francis announced Jan. 15 that in September, he hopes to canonize the 18th-century Spanish Franciscan who founded a string of missions across Mexico and California.