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Pope Francis requested on Monday that American bishops who had gathered in Baltimore for the first time since a series of sexual abuse scandals hit the Catholic Church across the U.S. to delay voting on proposals to address those issues until he leads a global summit in February, reports the Washington Post.

Details: Both officials and representatives of survivors' groups present at the meeting were reportedly stunned by the announcement. The only bishop to speak, Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, said the assembly should still hold its own non-binding vote before formally adopting the proposals as soon as possible after February's summit.

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In photos: D.C. and U.S. states on alert for pre-inauguration violence

National Guard troops stand behind security fencing with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building behind them, on Jan. 16. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Security has been stepped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S. as authorities brace for potential violence this weekend.

Driving the news: Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by some supporters of President Trump, the FBI has said there could be armed protests in D.C. and in all 50 state capitols in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

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Rep. Lou Correa tests positive for COVID-19

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Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.