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Onlookers gather around a destroyed car at the site of a bomb blast at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla, Nigeria, on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Sunday Aghaeze)

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The Rev. Michael Ssenfuma, a visiting Catholic priest from Uganda, says Mass at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Montgomery, Ala., on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, the day Catholics nationwide began using a new translation of the Roman missal. (AP Photo/David Bundy)

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Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York said that President Obama has not responded to a letter he wrote about the Catholic Church's concerns. (Associated Press)

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Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny in mid-July accused the Vatican of downplaying "the rape and torture of children" by priests and of hiding behind its status as a sovereign state, a severe challenge to the Catholic Church that has long held sway over the country's way of life. (AP Photo)

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Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput (left) and Cardinal Justin Rigali, who is retiring as archbishop of Philadelphia, embrace Tuesday during a news conference in Philadelphia, where the Catholic Church has been rocked by accusations of hiding sex-abuse complaints for decades. (AP Photo)

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Roxanna Green (center), mother of 9-year-old shooting victim Christina Taylor Green, is shown during a community Mass at St. Odilia Catholic Church in Tucson, Ariz., on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, to mourn the victims of Saturday's shooting. (AP Photo/Greg Bryan, Pool)

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** FILE ** A parishioner worships before Mass at St. Ignatius Catholic Church on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

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Deacon Jack Sullivan of Marshfield, Mass., whose instantaneous relief from pain after praying to Cardinal John Henry Newman has been deemed a miracle by the Roman Catholic Church, will attend Newman's beatification in England on Sunday. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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St. Bernard Fire Chief Tommy Stone places a firefighter helmet in a "Katrina casket " during an Ecumenical funeral service for Hurricane Katrina at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church in Chalmette, La., one day before the fifth anniversary of the storm, which took over 1,000 lives and devastated the region, Saturday,Aug. 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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** FILE ** Rep. Nancy Pelosi's views on abortion have brought criticism from the Catholic Church. (The Washington Times)