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Survey: American Catholics Favor Change

The majority of American Catholics in a nationwide survey said they favor a more democratic church with a pope who would allow married and women priests and American bishops with more decision-making power.

The poll, conducted by the Gallup organization and commissioned by the Rev. Andrew Greeley, whose new novel, “White Smoke,” is about the selection of a new pope, found that most Catholics also supported structural changes in the church, such as allowing priests and laity to elect bishops and giving lay people a greater voice in the church.

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Trump administration seeks to expand immigrant family detention

new  The Trump administration is calling for the expanded use of family detention for immigrant parents and children who are stopped along the U.S.-Mexico border, a move decried by advocates as a cruel and ineffective attempt to deter families from coming to the United States.