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    Church leaders urge calm in Venezuela, Brazil

    Two pacesetter Catholic nations in Latin America, Brazil and Venezuela, are both currently gripped by dramatic cycles of civil unrest, and in both cases the Catholic bishops are emerging as primary forces in favor of democracy, accountability, and an end to the bloodshed -- and also in both cases, what the bishops have to say isn't always pleasing to the government.

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    Francis’s cardinal choices: Minority voices

    Pope Francis’s choices for cardinal are part of his whole vision. His mission is not simply a shallow attempt to be kind, help the poor and make the world a better place. Any good hearted person can give the poor a handout. Instead the pope sees the poor through the prism of the Beatitudes. The marginalized, the minorities, prisoners, refugees and the neglected are the blessed ones.

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    Meet the man who could define what a 'Francis bishop' means

    In general, the president of a national bishops' conference may be an important post domestically, but it doesn't have great international interest. The one exception tends to be Italy, where the president of the conference is presumed to be a role model for bishops trying to reflect the current pope's vision, and now the Italians have a new prelate at the helm.

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