Pope Francis greets Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb, grand imam of al-Azhar University, at a conference on international peace in Cairo April 28. The pope was making a two-day visit to Egypt. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Unmask violence posing as holy, pope tells religious leaders in Egypt

Calling his visit to Egypt a journey of "unity and fraternity," Pope Francis launched a powerful call to the nation's religious leaders to expose violence masquerading as holy and condemn religiously inspired hatred as an idolatrous caricature of God.

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Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon, France, is pictured before the start of Pope Francis' general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 26. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Between election rounds, French cardinal deplores ‘democracy gone mad’

France's Catholic primate has condemned the current presidential campaign as his country's "worst ever" and urged Christians to help prevent democracy from "losing its sense."

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Jesuit Father Michael Czerny, undersecretary for migrants and refugees at the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, is pictured in an April 10 photo in Rome. (CNS photo/Robert Duncan)

Practical Christianity: Pope emphasizes real help for those in need

Pope Francis' unique approach to teaching the faithful combines speaking clearly and simply with showing people what steps -- even small steps -- they can take to make a difference, a Vatican official said.

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announces the disbandment of police operations against illegal drugs Jan. 30 in Manila. The case filed against Duterte before the International Criminal Court in The Hague is a "very good step" toward stopping drug-related killings, a Catholic bishop said. (CNS photo/Ezra Acayan, Reuters)

Philippine bishop backs case against Duterte in international court

The case filed against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court in The Hague is a "very good step" toward stopping drug-related killings, a Catholic bishop said.

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Sister Barbara Battista, a member of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind., second from right, participates in a planning meeting for the Wabash Valley March for Science in Terre Haute, Ind. (CNS photo/Global Sisters)

Science and faith a natural fit for sisters joining climate march

When thinking about women religious, science may not be the first idea to spring to mind. After all, faith and science are often portrayed as opposites, allegiance to one suggesting a betrayal of the other.

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Father Jerry Hogan, national circus chaplain, celebrates Easter Mass for circus workers April 16 at the DCU Center arena in Worcester, Mass. (CNS photo/Tanya Connor, The Catholic Free Press)

Catholic chaplain accompanies anguished circus workers on final tour

The congregation, numbering about 50, gathered for their last Easter Mass together on the DCU Center's arena floor.

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Jim Harbaugh, head football coach for the University of Michigan, presents Pope Francis with a team football helmet during the pope's general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 26. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

Michigan head coach says meeting pope was ’emotional’

As someone accustomed to the stress of the gridiron, University of Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh said he was touched by Pope Francis' peaceful presence.

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Pope Francis meets with Canadian bishops from Ontario April 25 during their "ad limina" visits to the Vatican to report on the status of their dioceses. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

Ontario bishops share concerns with pope, especially on euthanasia

Like the two groups of Canadian bishops that preceded them, the bishops of Ontario said their meeting with Pope Francis was time spent with a brother bishop with similar joys and challenges in his pastoral work.

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Pope to Egyptians: Let papal visit be sign of friendship, peace

Praying that God would protect Egypt from all evil, Pope Francis told the nation's people that a world torn apart by indiscriminate violence needs courageous builders of peace, dialogue and justice.

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Krista Lucchesi stands outside the new Mercy Brown Bag food truck April 4 at Oakland's Mercy Retirement and Care Center in Califorina. (CNS photo/Carrie McClish, Catholic Voice)

New food truck to help stem senior hunger in Diocese of Oakland

A new shiny truck is bringing food to senior citizens in Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood and nearby communities.

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