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Pope says parents must not exclude themselves from children's lives

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Parents must not exclude themselves from their children's lives and, despite what some "experts" may say, they must take an active role in their children's education, said Pope Francis during his general audience in St. Peter's Square May 20.

Faith is expressed in charity, unity pope says at canonization Mass

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Declaring four 19th-century women religious saints, Pope Francis said they are models for all Christians of how faith, nourished in prayer, is expressed concretely in acts of charity and the promotion of unity.

Pro-lifers hail passage of Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- U.S. House passage May 13 of a measure that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks is "long overdue and one of the most common sense laws under consideration," said the president and CEO of Americans United for Life.