Pope Francis

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The Diocese of Austin says it will release the names of clergy who have been accused of molestation.

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Nearly a week after a Pennsylvania grand jury released its roughly 900-page report on sexual abuse by clergy, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church has penned a letter condemning the alleged misconduct and pledging repentance.

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From Texas Standard:

Pope Francis says the death penalty is "inadmissible" under all circumstances. The Vatican announced the change Thursday what the Catholic Church has maintained for centuries. Until now, Catholic teaching has left some room for support of capital punishment.

Within hours of the announcement, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he'd introduce legislation to end the death penalty in his state. However, it’s not clear whether the same could happen in here. Texas has used the punishment the most over past decades – by a wide margin. And the Pope’s statement isn’t a major change of course.

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At today’s address before the United States Congress, Pope Francis touched on some of the most divisive issues in American politics. One of those issues has special resonance in along the Texas-Mexico border.

Austin Doctor Heads to D.C. for Papal Speech

Sep 22, 2015
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When Pope Francis gives a speech to a joint meeting of Congress on Thursday, an Austin doctor will be listening from nearby.

The Seton network of hospitals has chosen a group of locals to watch the televised speech on the west front of the U.S. Capitol. One of the locals is Dr. Mateo Ziu. He got a call from a Seton official about a week ago with the good news. 


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From Texas Standard:

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With less silk, lace and gold than many of his predecessors displayed, Pope Francis on Tuesday was inaugurated at a Holy Mass in St. Peter's Square during which he appealed to world leaders to be protectors of the poor and the environment, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli tells our Newscast Desk.