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October 25, 2014

Weekend Roundup: Pope Pushes Ajar the Door to Modern Families

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This week, Pope Francis sought to push ajar the heavy door of doctrine to accommodate the reality of modern families. In China, leaders of the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement sat down for talks with authorities while the Central Committee of the Communist Party in Beijing pondered how to move forward on "the rule of law." Elsewhere, in some good news, Nigeria cleared itself of Ebola. The fierce fight for Kobani continued as the western suburbs of Baghdad came under intense attack. Ukrainians head to the polls in the midst of a "frozen conflict" with Russia.

In our monthly series from the Vatican, "Following Francis," Sébastien Maillard recounts the ups and downs of the synod on family and the pope's efforts to outmaneuver conservatives among the assembled cardinals. (continued)

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China Vows To Strengthen Judicial System

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