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IMAGE: CNS photo/Vatican Media By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis told a group of Jesuits in Peru that he often meets on Fridays with survivors of sex abuse. The meetings, which he said do not always become public knowledge, make it clear that the survivors’ process of

IMAGE: CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn By Tyler Orsburn WASHINGTON (CNS) — Love has its ways. And so does Facebook. That’s how Sadhana Singh and My Ford Noel met last April. She’s a “Dreamer” attending Trinity Washington University. He moved to Washington from Palm Beach, Florida. Both received scholarships from TheDream.US, and

IMAGE: CNS photo/James Akena, Reuters By WASHINGTON (CNS) — The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops encouraged Catholics across the nation to join with Pope Francis Feb. 23 for a special day of prayer and fasting for peace, with special prayers for Congo and South Sudan. “Tragically, violent

IMAGE: CNS/Paul Haring By Cindy Wooden ROME (CNS) — Lent is a time for Christians to get their hearts in sync with the heart of Jesus, Pope Francis said. “Let the Lord heal the wounds of sin and fulfill the prophecy made to our fathers: ‘A new heart I will

IMAGE: CNS photo/Adam Bettcher, Reuters By Matthew Davis ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) — Few schools can claim an Olympic athlete among their alumni base. Even fewer schools have more than one, especially from the same family. But Hill-Murray High School in Maplewood and St. Odilia School in Shoreview — both

IMAGE: CNS photo/courtesy Ginny Blasi By David Karas TRENTON, N.J. (CNS) — Superstorm Sandy-weary diocesan and parish officials lauded a Federal Emergency Management Agency policy change announced earlier this year that reverses a prior exclusion for religious organizations and houses of worship from applying for federal aid to recover from

IMAGE: CNS photo/courtesy Warner Bros. By Denis Grasska SAN DIEGO (CNS) — It’s almost a miracle that Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone are even alive. Yet here they are, promoting a major Hollywood film in which they portray themselves. For all three, faith is an essential part of

IMAGE: CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters By Dennis Sadowski WASHINGTON (CNS) — Acts of love, courage and sacrifice by first responders, parents and children alike are hallmarks of a country that is rooted in prayer and deep faith in God, President Donald Trump told the National Prayer Breakfast. The president held

IMAGE: CNS photo/Bob Roller By Dennis Sadowski WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholic advocates visited Capitol Hill Feb. 6 hoping members of Congress were ready to listen to their push for a federal budget that makes the needs of poor and vulnerable people a priority. Coming at the end of the annual

By Cindy Wooden ROME (CNS) — The president of the German bishops’ conference urged priests to provide better pastoral care to Catholics who are homosexual, but he said, “I think that would not be right” when asked if he could imagine the Catholic Church blessing gay couples. The German bishops’