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Weekly Roundup: Mount Denali, nontraditional families, and "Joke with the Pope"

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Happy Friday! As always, your weekly roundup:

Pope Francis on Tuesday told priests to forgive repentant women who have had an abortion.

Turns out plenty U.S. Catholics are fine with nontraditional families.

President Obama announced the renaming of Mount McKinley, honoring the 25th president, to Mount Denali, an Athabaskan name used by generations of Alaska Natives that means “the great one.”

When Pope Francis celebrates a canonization Mass for a Spanish-American missionary later this month, he will do so in a language the new saint, Junípero Serra, would recognize: Spanish.

Nearly half of the United States feels connected to Catholicism. A new Pew Research survey released Wednesday goes beyond the standard tally of how many people say their religious identity is Catholic.

A new “Joke with the Pope” digital campaign encourages people to "donate” a joke to support one of three causes ahead of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States.

Residents in Gardner, Louisiana contacted both the local sheriff's department and the media to report signs they believed to be terrorist threat written in Arabic. But it was actually a Hebrew welcome sign.

And now for the papal rapid fire roundup

This week, Pope Francis:

Friday, September 4, 2015