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By Nicole Winfield The Associated Press

Pope auctions Lamborghini to rebuild Christian Iraq

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis got the keys to a fancy new Lamborghini on Wednesday ‚Äî but he won’t be tooling around the Vatican gardens in it.

Instead, the special edition Huracan will be auctioned off by Sotheby’s, with the proceeds going to charities including one aimed at helping rebuild Christian communities in Iraq that were devastated by the Islamic State group.

Pope seeks to end stigma of devastating Huntington’s Disease

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis embraced weeping mothers, fathers and children with Huntington’s Disease on Thursday as he sought to remove the stigma of an incurable genetic disorder that causes such devastating physical and psychiatric effects that its sufferers are often shunned and abandoned.

Pope’s sex-abuse panel scores awareness victory in Vatican

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ sex abuse commission has scored a victory within the Vatican: Members have been invited to address Vatican congregations and a training course for new bishops, suggesting that the Holy See now considers child protection programs to be an important responsibility for church leaders.

Mother Teresa: A saint despite spiritual ‘darkness’

VATICAN CITY — When Pope Francis canonizes Mother Teresa on Sunday, he’ll be honouring a nun who won admirers around the world and a Nobel Peace Prize for her joy-filled dedication to the “poorest of the poor.” He’ll also be recognizing holiness in a woman who felt so abandoned by God that she was unable to pray and was convinced, despite her ever-present smile, that she was experiencing the “t