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IMAGE: CNS photo/Katie Breidenbach By Katie Breidenbach MEDINA, Ohio (CNS) — Dozens of little wax flowers lay on the table in front of her. With a gentle grip, Judy Hamrick picks up each one and covers the back in glue. “It’s very peaceful work,” Hamrick said. “I’ve worked here 24

IMAGE: CNS photo/Matt Palmer By Matt Palmer AUSTIN, Texas (CNS) — McDonald’s, Apple, Starbucks and ‘ the Catholic Church? In terms of recognizable organization names, the Catholic Church has to rank near the top. But, does it view itself as a brand to be marketed? That was among several questions

IMAGE: CNS/Paul Haring By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Acknowledging and sharing God’s mercy is a permanent part of the Christian life, so initiatives undertaken during the special Year of Mercy must continue, Pope Francis said. “Mercy cannot become a mere parenthesis in the life of the church,” the

IMAGE: CNS/Paul Haring By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The church is not a prop for one’s ego, a soapbox for ideas or a suit of armor protecting a sad life, Pope Francis said. “The church exists only as an instrument for communicating God’s merciful plan to the people,”

IMAGE: CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Cardinal-designate Kevin J. Farrell believes the U.S. bishops as a whole should have discussed pastoral guidelines for implementing Pope Francis’ exhortation on the family before individual bishops began issuing guidelines for their own dioceses. Implementing the pope’s exhortation, “Amoris

IMAGE: CNS photo/Stefano Rellandini, Reuters By Junno Arocho Esteves VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Visiting the sick and the imprisoned are works of mercy that not only benefit the suffering and the abandoned, but benefit the visitors who are enriched by being with those who suffer like Christ, Pope Francis said.

IMAGE: CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz By Beth Griffin NEW YORK (CNS) — When Donald J. Trump stepped over yet another invisible line of the contentious presidential race Oct. 20, many of the 1,500 people at 71st annual dinner of the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation broke historic precedent to boo

IMAGE: CNS/Nancy Wiechec By Nancy Wiechec and Chaz Muth WASHINGTON (CNS) — From the dramatic vistas of the Grand Canyon in Arizona to the glistening waters of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, national parks have stood as places of wonder, history and culture. John Muir, considered the father of our national

IMAGE: CNS photo/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters By WASHINGTON (CNS) — Too much of the political discourse during this election year “has demeaned women and marginalized people of faith,” the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said Oct. 14. “This must change,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky.

IMAGE: CNS photo/Jim Young, Reuters By Rhina Guidos WASHINGTON (CNS) — Hours before the Oct. 9 presidential debate began, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani invoked St. Augustine of Hippo on a Sunday morning political news show to defend the man he was supporting for president. “Ever read ‘The Confessions’