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The first papal resignation for centuries, a conclave, the election of Pope Francis - the first Latin American pope, World Youth Day Rio, the establishment of the Cardinal's 8 advisors... these are just some of the highlights of the past year. In this video, Catholic News Service reviews the news that happened at the Vatican during the year 2013.
Pope Francis is not seeking fame or accolades, but being named Time magazine's Person of the Year will make him happy if it helps attract people to the hope of the Gospel, said the Vatican spokesman.
"If religious people are disqualified on the basis of their lack of neutrality, adherents of other belief systems, such as secularism, should be dealt with likewise." An article by Margaret Somerville from The Globe and Mail.
China has relaxed its one-child policy and put an end to notorious labour camps in a sweeping reform plan aimed at stabilising the population. And what has brought about this change in policy? Well it turns out that if you try and command the fertility of the largest nation on Earth, unexpected and unwelcome results can crop up.
Pope Francis has called for an Extraordinary Synod to consider the Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelisation. You are invited to complete a survey to share your experience regarding a range of issues facing the family of today.