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Catholics, Lutherans ‘pray together as one’

Catholics and members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gathered at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis Oct. 29 to ask the Holy Spirit to "illumine our hearts and heal our memories" while establishing a common witness and service in the world.

20 years after welfare reform: Has it worked? If so, then how well?

People walk past a man sleeping on the street in New York City July 29, 2014. President Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act -- known in shorthand as welfare reform -- 20 years ago.

WASHINGTON — On Aug. 22, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act — known in shorthand as welfare reform. Clinton had campaigned for the presidency in 1992 on a pledge to "end welfare as we know it," but had vetoed two previous bills he thought too harsh.

The third try from a Republican-led Congress still contained elements he didn't like, even after secret negotiations with then House Speaker Newt Gingrich, but he signed it rather than put his re-election bid at risk.

Pope, cardinal advisers study Vatican financial, administrative offices

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis met for the third time in late February with his international Council of Cardinals, an eight-member group advising him on the reform of the Vatican bureaucracy and other issues.

The Feb. 17-19 meetings focused on financial and bureaucratic matters even as the council was rumored to be working on a draft of an apostolic constitution that would reorganize the Church's central administration, the Roman Curia.

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