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  John Paul II sainthood: welcome news for Catholics

John Paul II on brink of sainthood after miracle approved: report

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The late Pope John Paul II moved closer to sainthood on Tuesday after a commission of cardinals and bishops credited him with a second miracle since his death, Italian media reported. Full story

New pope's choice of name will carry his first message

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Even before he utters his first words in public, the new pope who emerges from the conclave this week will send Roman Catholics around the world a message encoded in the name he chooses. Full story

New program gives vets jobs, makes schools safer

  New Department of Defense initiative Troops to Teachers is quickly becoming a win-win program for veterans and schools, as qualified service members get trained as teachers and create a safer environment for public schools. NBC’s Craig Melvin reports.

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  'Charged atmosphere' at pope's final mass

Chris Jansing talks to Elizabeth Lev and George Weigel about the pope's final mass and expectations that the conclave could meet as early as March 15th.

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-- A file photo taken on September 16, 1995 shows Pope John Paul II and South African President Nelson Mandela talking at the Presidential guest house in Pretoria. AFP PHOTO GARY BERNARDGARY BERNARD/AFP/Getty Images