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George Mulcrone of Chicago came to Omaha to visit relatives. “I wasn’t expecting to see the Sistine Chapel,” the parishioner of the Windy City’s St. Walter Church quipped. He was taking in “Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition” and its 34 life-size reproductions offering visitors an immersive look at the frescoes that adorn the ceiling of the chapel at the Vatican and took Michelangelo four years to complete — from 1508 to 1512. Read more

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A person’s wealth or lack thereof should not be the determining factor when it comes to receiving health care, Pope Francis said. Speaking to members of Rome’s Biomedical University Foundation Oct. 18, the pope said that health care facilities, especially those run by the Catholic Church, “are called to bear witness to the fact that there are no lives that are unworthy or that should be discarded because they do not fit the criterion of usefulness or the demands of profit.” Read more

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An English cardinal led tributes to a Catholic member of Parliament who was knifed to death while meeting local people in his constituency. Sir David Amess, a member of the governing Conservative Party and one of the most prominent Catholic politicians in the U.K. Parliament, was stabbed repeatedly by a man who sprinted into his offices at noon Oct. 15. Read more