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National / International News

Pope tells women religious Vatican will study women deacons

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis told the heads of women's religious orders from around the world that he would set up a commission to study the New Testament deaconesses and he also insisted more can and should be done to involve lay and consecrated women in Church decision-making at every level.

God doesn't barter, rewarding the good, punishing the bad, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Salvation has nothing to do with the tidy business of bartering — earning God's love in return for good behavior, Pope Francis said.

Critics reject the 'eugenics mentality' of calling for abortion in Zika cases

LIMA, Peru (CNA/EWTN News) — A number of Latin American pro-life leaders have criticized a recent statement by the head of the Organization of American States, who is encouraging abortion access for pregnant women infected with the Zika virus.