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Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of Saint Louis and other U.S. bishops from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska concelebrate Mass in the crypt of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Jan. 16, 2020. The bishops were making their "ad limina" visits to the Vatican to report on the status of their dioceses to the pope and Vatican officials. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-ADLIMINA-NINE Jan. 16, 2020.

Pope speaks to U.S. bishops about pro-life issues, transgender ideology

Protecting human life is the "preeminent" social and political issue, Pope Francis said, and he asked the head of the U.S. bishops' Committee for Pro-Life Activities to convey his support to the pro-life community.

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Roman Griffin Davis, Taika Waititi and Scarlet Johansson are seen in the movie "Jojo Rabbit." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.(CNS photo/Fox Searchlight) See MOVIE-REVIEW-JOJO-RABBIT Jan. 16, 2020.

Jojo Rabbit

As with many satires, the makers of "Jojo Rabbit" (Fox Searchlight) don't care much whether an audience likes their film—or understands all of it.

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Young adults from the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, the Diocese of New Ulm, Minn., and the Diocese of Bismarck, N.D., attend Mass with U.S. bishops at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome Jan. 15, 2020. A group of young adults jointed U.S. bishops from North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota on their "ad limina" visits to Rome. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See ADLIMINA-EIGHT-PILGRIMS Jan. 16, 2020.

Young adults make ‘deep dive’ into faith during ‘ad limina’ visit

Supporting and supported by their bishops, 25 young adults from Minnesota and North Dakota made a pilgrimage "ad limina apostolorum," to the threshold of the apostles, in mid-January.

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George MacKay, center, stars in a scene from the movie "1917." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. (CNS photo/Universal) See MOVIE-REVIEW-1917 Jan. 9, 2020.

1917

"1917" (Universal) is a great movie about the Great War. By turns harrowing and lyrically beautiful—and deeply humane throughout—director and co-writer (with Krysty Wilson-Cairns) Sam Mendes' gripping historical drama displays both the horrors of trench combat and the endurance of fundamental decency and spiritual striving.

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Pope Francis greets a woman as he meets the disabled during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Jan. 15, 2020. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-AUDIENCE-WORD Jan. 15, 2020.

God’s word can never be ‘enchained,’ pope says at audience

A true apostle is one who continues to be a courageous and joyful evangelizer even in the face of persecution and certain death, Pope Francis said.

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Father David Knight celebrates Mass for Poor Clare Sisters Mary Marguerite and Claudia at the Monastery of St. Clare in Memphis, Tenn., Dec. 2, 2019. The monastery closed at the end of the year. (CNS photo/Karen Pulfer Focht) See MEMPHIS-MONASTERY to come.

Poor Clares’ monastery in Tennessee quietly closes; last four nuns move on

As Christmas approached and 2019 came to a close, the last Catholic contemplative monastery in Tennessee quietly closed.

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Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, reads a document before a meeting with U.S. bishops at the congregation at the Vatican Jan. 14, 2020. The cardinal issued a statement that day saying he asked his publisher to remove retired Pope Benedict XVIÕs name as co-author of a new book on priestly celibacy, ÒFrom the Depths of Our Hearts.Ó (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See BENEDICT-SARAH-CELIBACY of Jan. 14, 2020.

Retired pope wants his name removed as co-author of book on celibacy

At the request of retired Pope Benedict XVI, his name will be removed as co-author of a book defending priestly celibacy, said Cardinal Robert Sarah, the Vatican official who coordinated work on the book.

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Capuchin Franciscan Brother Andrew Corriente poses for a photo in the kitchen at his friary in Washington Jan. 9, 2020. The 31-year-old third-year seminarian was the winner of the fifth season of ABC's "The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition," where he was recognized as one of the nation's best amateur bakers. (CNS photo/Andrew Biraj, Catholic Standard)

Love of baking, culinary skills and prayer make religious brother a winner

The oven timer dings, alerting Capuchin Franciscan Brother Andrew Corriente the chocolate layer cake he is baking needs to be checked.

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Earthquake survivors in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, clean up rubble in this 2010 file photo. (CNS photo/Paul Jeffrey) (Oct. 27, 2010) See GSR-HAITI-RESPONSE Jan. 13, 2020.

Response to Haitian quake did not bring structural change, sisters say

The response to the massive earthquake that hit Haiti 10 years ago was well-intentioned but did not bring about structural change that could have helped lift the country's overwhelming poverty, said sisters reflecting on the earthquake's legacy.

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Then-Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, arrives in procession for a Mass of thanksgiving for Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Nov. 22, 2010. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-MCCARRICK-REMOVAL Feb. 16, 2019.

Former cardinal moves from Kansas friary to new location

Theodore McCarrick, the former cardinal who was laicized by the Vatican in 2019 after numerous claims of abuse by him were substantiated, moved Jan. 3 from the Capuchin Franciscan friary in Kansas where he had been living since late 2018.

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