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Pope Francis arrives for a prayer vigil for the Synod of Bishops on the family in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 3. (CNS/Paul Haring) See POPE-SYNOD-MASS Oct. 4, 2015.

Bishops, Vatican confirm Pope Francis will visit Mexico in 2016

October 6, 2015 MEXICO CITY (CNS) — The Mexican bishops’ conference and the Vatican have confirmed Pope Francis will visit Mexico in 2016, marking his first trip to this heavily Catholic country in throes of unrest over unresolved issues such as violence, crime and corruption. Auxiliary Bishop Eugenio Lira Rugarcia of Puebla, conference secretary-general, told…

California Gov. Jerry Brown, a former Jesuit seminary student, signed a measure Oct. 5 allowing physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients who want to hasten their deaths. He is pictured in a Sept. 23 photo. (CNS photo/Matt Mills McKnight, pool via Reuters) See CALIF-SUICIDE-BROWN Oct. 6, 2015.

California bishops disappointed assisted suicide measure signed into law

October 6, 2015 SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CNS) — California’s bishops expressed disappointment with Gov. Jerry Brown’s Oct. 5 signing of a measure legalizing physician-assisted suicide in the state, saying the law “stands in direct contradiction to providing compassionate, quality care for those facing a terminal illness.” “This bill does nothing to validate the lives of the…

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