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Will it be mama or papa, mommy or daddy? Experts explain babies’ first words

TORONTO — Sarah Mulholland vividly remembers the first time her 13-month-old son called out “Mama.”

She was cooking about two months ago when little Conri began clamouring for her attention, clinging to her legs and whining until he suddenly uttered those two simple syllables that send mothers’ hearts fluttering.

Etiquette experts debate moving past handwritten notes

TORONTO—Cara Paiuk and her husband, Alex, sent thank-you cards following their engagement and wedding, but she candidly confesses she’s not a fan of the handwritten missives.

“Generally, I hate them. I don’t do them,” says the writer and photographer, who hails from Vancouver but now lives in West Hartford, Conn.

Pope emphasizes flexibility over rules for modern families

VATICAN CITY — In a sweeping document on family life that opened a door to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, Pope Francis insisted Friday that church doctrine cannot be the final word in answering tricky moral questions and that Catholics must be guided by their own informed consciences.