Anyone who still believes the abuse crisis is an "American" or "Western" problem must become properly informed, face reality and realize problems may be hidden and explode in the future, said Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi. Father Lombardi is pictured in a 2016 photo at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Claudio Peri, EPA) See CIVILTA-ABUSE-SUMMIT-LOMBARDI Dec. 13, 2018.

Ignoring reality of abuse, resisting responsibility must end, says Jesuit

Anyone who still believes the abuse crisis is an "American" or "Western" problem must become properly informed, face reality and realize problems may be hidden and explode in the future, said Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi.

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Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley star in a scene from the 1993 movie "Schindler's List." To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Steven Spielberg's award-winning film, Universal will be re-releasing the movie in a limited engagement Dec. 7. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. (CNS photo/Universal) See MOVIE-REVIEW-SCHINDLERS-LIST Dec. 4, 2018.

Encore: Schindler’s List

The tortured, troubling—yet in the end, uplifting—story of a German risking his life to save some Polish Jews from Nazi death camps is recounted in "Schindler's List" (Universal).

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For more than 38 years, Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa has preached to the pope and top officials of the Roman Curia. In early January, he will lead the weeklong retreat of the U.S. bishops. He is pictured in a 2014 photo. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See VATICAN-LETTER-CANTALAMESSA Dec. 13, 2018.

Itinerant papal preacher: Capuchin will lead U.S. bishops’ retreat

For more than 38 years, Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa has preached to the pope and top officials of the Roman Curia. In early January, he will lead the weeklong retreat of the U.S. bishops.

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Katherine Shimonis, 69, stands in her damaged living room Oct. 18 in Port St. Joe, Fla., in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. A mental health professional who has been working with adults and Catholic school children in the hurricane-impacted Florida Panhandle said the Christmas season is a mixed blessing for survivors of natural disasters. (CNS photo/Terray Sylvester, Reuters) See CHRISTMAS-ADVENT-STORM-SURVIVORS to come.

Christmas season brings joy, stress for survivors of natural disasters

After spending a week with adults and Catholic school children in the hurricane-impacted Florida Panhandle, one mental health professional noted how the Christmas season is a mixed blessing for survivors of natural disasters.

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Elizabeth Purcell of Illinois, right, joins her children and friends before taking part in the Santa Run Dec. 7 in Beit Jala, West Bank. (CNS photo/Debbie Hill) See BETHLEHEM-TRIANGLE-LOCALS Dec. 11, 2018.

West Bank residents work to ensure tourists spend time with locals

Bethlehem and the neighboring towns of Beit Jala and Beit Sahour depend economically on tourism, but traditionally have struggled with keeping visitors in the area for more than half a day. Although the hotels are fully booked for Christmas this year, that does not necessarily mean it will translate into any business for the locals.

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A Venezuelan migrant brushes his teeth outside his tent at a makeshift camp Nov. 26 in Bogota, Colombia. The United Nations estimates there are more than 258 million migrants around the world living outside their country of birth. (CNS photo/Luisa Gonzalez, Reuters) See VATICAN-PAROLIN-MARRAKECH-MIGRATION Dec. 11, 2018.

Vatican official: With migration, cooperation is better than isolationism

The Vatican praised the adoption by more than 160 nations of a key agreement on global migration, saying today's migration challenges are better tackled together than with "isolationist" stances.

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The U.S. Supreme Court is seen in Washington Dec. 3. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn) See SCOTUS-DECLINE-DEFUNDING Dec. 11, 2018.

High court won’t hear states’ appeals over defunding Planned Parenthood

Pro-life leaders said they were disappointed the U.S. Supreme Court declined Dec. 10 to hear appeals from Kansas and Louisiana on lower court rulings that have stopped the states from blocking Medicaid funds going to Planned Parenthood.

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Pope Francis greets a child as he visits poor, sick people at a center run by the CasAmica Onlus organization on the outskirts of Rome Dec. 7. The visit continued the pope's tradition of doing Friday works of mercy. (CNS photo/Vatican Media) See POPE-SURPRISE-VISITS Dec. 10, 2018.

Surprise! Pope makes several impromptu visits

Pope Francis made surprise visits Dec. 7 and 8 to people receiving medical care far from their homes, to a dozen intellectually challenged young people and to the staff of a major Rome newspaper.

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A man who is part of a caravan of thousands of migrants from Central America trying to reach the United States holds his son Dec. 9 in Tijuana, Mexico, at the El Chaparral port-of-entry border crossing between Mexico and the United States (CNS photo/Mohammed Salem, Reuters) See YEAR-END-IMMIGRATION Dec. 10, 2018.

Immigration battles continue as 2018 comes to an end

The year may be coming to an end but the battles on the immigration front promise to continue well into 2019 and beyond.

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A firefighter places a wreath on a tall statue of Mary overlooking the Spanish Steps in Rome Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Rome's firefighters have observed the tradition every year since 1857. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-IMMACULATE-CONCEPTION Dec. 8, 2018.

Marking feast day, pope asks Mary’s care of families seeking refuge

In the heart of Rome, near streets of fancy shops already blinged out for Christmas shopping, Pope Francis prayed for Romans struggling to survive and for families in the city and around the world who face the same lack of welcome that Mary and Joseph experienced.

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