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National / International News

Pope Francis celebrates Saint Agnes with blessing of lambs

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — Pope Francis observed the feast of St. Agnes on Thursday with the time-honored custom of the blessing of lambs, whose wool will be used to make palliums, a vestment worn by metropolitan archbishops which signify their unity with the Church of Rome.

No one is excluded from the mercy of God, pope says at audience

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Christians are called to work together in order to be a visible sign that God's mercy excludes no one, Pope Francis said during his general audience Jan. 20.

Abortion number, rate both down, says 'State of Abortion' report

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Both the number of abortions and the rate of abortion is dropping, according to figures released in the third annual "State of Abortion in America" report issued by the National Right to Life Committee.