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For years, Catholics in Southern California called Erwin Mena “padre.” They admired the affable, charming man who celebrated Mass, received confessions, organized prayer meetings, and officiated at least one wedding. He accepted thousands of dollars on behalf of the Catholic …

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  • In this Jan. 25, 2016 photo, Guadalupe Reyes holds back her tears as she talks about her daughter Mariana Yanez, in Ecatepec, a rough neighborhood on the outskirts of Mexico City. On an otherwise normal evening in September 2014, Yanez left her home saying she was going to make some photocopies, and then vanished. Months later, authorities called her mother to say she was dead. Pope Francis will will hold the largest public event of his visit to Mexico in this neighborhood when he celebrates Mass on Feb. 14. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills) Pope Francis’ visit to violent Mexican city to highlight wider ills
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  • Pope Francis celebrates a mass for nuns and priest, in St.Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican,  Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) Vatican disputes Pope Francis film claim, says pontiff not an actor
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  • Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning holds up the trophy after the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. The Broncos won 24-10. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) Super Bowl gets 111.9 million viewers, down from last year
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