Christopher Booty, and his wife, Kristin, who attend Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church in Oakland Park, Fla., are shown with their babies, Catherine, and Maythan, March 24, 2019. The family, who are Muslims, will be converting to Catholicism during the Easter Vigil April 20. (CNS photo/CNS photo/Linda Reeves, Florida Catholic) See NEW-CATHOLICS-BOOTY-FAMILY April 16, 2019.

Muslim father, ‘wanting to be part of something,’ joins Catholic Church

After questioning the Islamic tradition he had practiced for a few years, Christopher Booty delved into its history and explored other world religions—which eventually led him to Catholicism.

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An onlooker takes a cellphone photo of Notre Dame Cathedral April 16, 2019, after a fire broke out in Paris. Officials said the cause was not clear, but that the April 15 blaze could be linked to renovation work. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See NOTRE-DAME-REBUILD April 16, 2019.

Hope from the ashes: President, archbishop vow to rebuild Notre Dame

The president of France and the archbishop of Paris have vowed to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral after a devastating fire, continuing what a professor of architecture described as the natural lifecycle of a historic building.

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Pope Francis accepts a soccer ball during a meeting with members of the Italian National Amateur Soccer League at the Vatican April 15, 2019. (CNS photo/Vatican Media) See POPE-SOCCER-GOAL April 15, 2019.

Helping others is the true goal, pope tells soccer league

Like those who play soccer, people must learn to work together, help one another and race toward a clear goal, Pope Francis said.

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Flames and smoke billow from the Notre Dame Cathedral after a fire broke out in Paris April 15, 2019. Officials said the cause was not clear, but that the fire could be linked to renovation work. (CNS photo/Benoit Tessier, Reuters) See PARIS-NOTRE-DAME-FIRE April 15, 2019.

Blaze erupts at Paris’ iconic Notre Dame Cathedral; cause unknown

A major blaze engulfed the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral April 15, sending pillars of flame and billowing smoke over the center of the French capital.

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Pope Francis holds palm fronds as he celebrates Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 14, 2019. (CNS photo/Stefano Dal Pozzolo, pool) See POPE-PALM-SUNDAY April 14, 2019.

Embrace the cross, trust God will triumph, pope says on Palm Sunday

Acclaimed by the crowds and knowing he was the Messiah they sought, Jesus still chose the path of humility and self-emptying, focused only on doing God's will, Pope Francis said on Palm Sunday.

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A marquee for Covington Catholic High School is seen Jan. 23 in Park Hills, Ky. Days after an encounter took place between Covington Catholic High School students and a Native American tribal leader in Washington, the Diocese of Covington announced it would begin a third-party investigation into what happened at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial following the annual March for Life Jan. 18. (CNS photo/Madalyn McGarvey, Reuters)

Washington Post files motion to dismiss Covington student’s lawsuit

Lawyers for The Washington Post filed a motion in federal court April 9 seeking the dismissal of the $250 million defamation lawsuit filed against the newspaper by Nick Sandmann, a student at Kentucky's Covington Catholic High School.

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Father John O'Reilly, center, of the Legionaries of Christ is seen after his trial in Santiago, Chile, Oct. 15, 2014. (CNS photo/Sebastian Silva, EPA)

Vatican imposes 10-year suspension on Legionaries priest for abuse

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has banned a Legionaries of Christ priest from publicly exercising his priestly ministry for 10 years after he was convicted in Chile of sexually abusing a young girl.

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Retired Pope Benedict XVI attends a consistory for the creation of new cardinals in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in this Feb. 22, 2014, file photo. Pope Benedict has released an article addressing the roots of the clerical sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church and how the church should respond now. At left is Mexican Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, now retired archbishop of Mexico City. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Retired pope publishes reflection on abuse crisis

Retired Pope Benedict XVI, acknowledging his role in helping the Catholic Church come to terms with the clerical sexual abuse crisis beginning in the 1980s, wrote an article outlining his thoughts about what must be done now.

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In China, where the number of people executed each year is a state secret. (CNS graphic/Amnesty International)

Executions down globally, but up in U.S., says Amnesty International

The number of executions worldwide has dropped by almost one-third, Amnesty International said in its latest review of the death penalty.

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Pro-life advocates gather near the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington Jan. 19, 2018. The novena "9 Days for Life" and related observances sponsored by the bishops' pro-life secretariat lead up to the annual Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children Jan. 22, the anniversary of the Supreme Court's 1973 decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton that legalized abortion. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

USCCB pro-life committee chair urges end to ‘barbaric’ late-term abortions

The chairman of the U.S. bishops' pro-life committee called on Congress to pass a measure that would stop "the barbaric practice of late-term abortion."

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