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Pope Francis warns US bishops against ‘harsh and divisive’ language, saying new tone needed

Pope Francis told U.S. bishops Wednesday they should avoid “harsh and divisive” language and create a church with the warmth of a “family fire,” as he laid out a vision for American Catholicism far from the defensive stands on social issues that have put church leaders at the centre of America’s culture wars.

Pope praises US bishops for ‘generous commitment’ to clergy abuse victims, angering advocates

NEW YORK Pope Francis praised American bishops Wednesday for their “generous commitment’” to helping victims of clergy sex abuse, drawing an angry rebuke from advocates who said the bishops acted only under the threat of hundreds of lawsuits.

Urban homesteading, earth-wise consumption possible even in apartments: author

TORONTO — Raising quail on a balcony, rabbits in a condo, or eating insects might not be among the habits of the average person in this country.

But Michelle Catherine Nelson believes supporting and growing sustainable food may be the most important contribution to our ecosystem that anyone can make.

3,000 Philly Naked Bike Ride participants cruise through couple’s wedding day photo shoot

PHILADELPHIA — Here comes the bride all dressed in white. And, don’t look now, but here come thousands of bicyclists not dressed in anything.

Nude and body-painted participants from this year’s Philly Naked Bike Ride cruised through the wedding day photo shoot of lovebirds Ross Cohen and Blair Delson.

1 womb, 3 generations: Woman gets womb transplant from mother and gives birth to baby boy

GOTHENBURG, Sweden — For one family in Sweden, a pioneering procedure has led to a baby being born from the same womb that nurtured his mother, uniting three generations.

The new mother, who lost her own uterus to cancer in her 20s, said it was “unimaginable” that she now had her own child, thanks to her mother’s donated womb.