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Faithful give thanks for John Paul beatification

Tens of thousands of Catholic faithful have filled St. Peter's Square for a Mass of thanksgiving for the beatification of John Paul II. Full story

1.5 million pilgrims celebrate Pope John Paul II

   Over a million Catholic pilgrims gathered in Rome to hear the late Pope John Paul II declared blessed, making him just one step away from sainthood. NBC's Anne Thompson reports.

Mass. Catholic bishops target sex ed website

The four Catholic bishops in Massachusetts are calling on the state to eliminate funding for a sexual education website for teens that critics say uses graphic language to describe sex acts and downplays the physical and emotional risks of abortion. Full story

Alexian explores joining largest Catholic system

Arlington Heights-based Alexian Brothers Health System has signed a non-binding letter of intent to merge with St. Louis-based Ascension Health. Full story

In Catholic Austria, most trust Dalai Lama

A poll of Austrians suggests that most people in the overwhelmingly Catholic nation trust the Dalai Lama over the pope or their own bishops. Full story

Jewish, Catholic couple honors Easter & Passover

   The holidays of Easter and Passover are both next week. ABC's Cokie Roberts, a Catholic, and ABC Radio's Steve Roberts, who is Jewish, join Morning Joe to discuss their interfaith marriage, and how they celebrate the holidays.

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Mary Elizabeth Sperry, who has spent the past 15 years working on the retranslation of the Catholic version of the Bible, discusses the result.

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A Catholic faithful holds a portrait of Pope John Paul II on May 1, 2011 in Guatemala City during a march to celebrate his beatification.

Catholic seminarians attend Easter Sunday Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in Hanoi
Catholic seminarians attend Easter Sunday Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in Hanoi

Catholic seminarians attend Easter Sunday Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in Hanoi April 24, 2011. Vatican's non-resident representative to Vietnam Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli is in Vietnam from April 18 on a two-week trip, his first trip since his appointment to non-resident representative by Pope Ben