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    America's youngest bishop draws inspiration from three popes

    In May, Pope Francis named Wack the sixth bishop of the diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee. While less than five percent of the population of his diocese is Catholic, Wack’s missionary zeal makes him eager to change those statistics. Meanwhile, at age 50, he's the nation's youngest bishop and quite happy to have been tasked with heading a manageable-sized diocese as his first episcopal assignment.

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    On 'Origin of Species' milestone, experts ponder its impact on faith

    On the 158th anniversary of Charles Darwin's world-changing book 'On the Origin of Species,' which laid the foundations for evolutionary theory, several Catholic scientists and experts are expressing frustration with the common perception of tension between evolution and religious faith -- pointing, among other things, to a string of popes who clearly didn't feel that way.

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    Rehabilitation won't do much for Teilhard, but symbolically it matters

    A plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for Culture has recommended that Pope Francis revoke an official 1962 Vatican warning about the work of the late French Jesuit scientist, philosopher and theologian Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Should Francis do so, it won't really affect Teilhard's standing, since he was largely "rehabilitated" a long time ago, but it could have important symbolic value.