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U.S. bishops strive to ally with Vatican

Posted: June 21, 2014 at 2:46 a.m.

Participants pray at the start of the morning general session at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in New Orleans, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops are holding their mid-year meeting as they wrestle with the new agenda set by Pope Francis to make compassion a priority over hot-button issues such as abortion.

NEW ORLEANS -- They are rethinking what kinds of houses they live in, and what kinds of cars they drive. They are wondering whether, in anticipation of the 2016 presidential election, they need to rewrite their advice to parishioners to make sure that poverty, and not just abortion, is discussed as a high-priority issue. And they are trying to get better about returning phone calls, reaching out to the disenchanted and the disenfranchised, and showing up at events.

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