U.S. President Donald Trump joins Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Chris Coons, D-Del., in prayer at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington Feb. 7, 2019. (CNS photo/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters)

Trump defends rights of faith-based adoption agencies at prayer breakfast

Touting efforts to protect religious freedom, President Donald Trump told the National Prayer Breakfast that his administration would defend the right of faith-based adoption agencies to place children in families based on firmly held religious beliefs.

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Michael Prakasam, center, a seminarian from the Diocese of Palayamkottai, India, stirs a pot of curry during a cooking class for seminarians, held at St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Ind., Jan. 18, 2019. Seminarian Danny Taylor from Diocese of Lexington, Ky., looks on. The class aims to equip future priests for healthy, wholesome living. (CNS photo/Katie Rutter) See COOKING-SEMINARIANS Feb. 5, 2019.

Creative cuisine lessons help whip up self-reliant seminarians

Familiar sounds of sizzling meat and clanging cutlery associated with food preparation offered a different kind of doctrine than one might expect in a third-floor classroom at St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology.

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Taraji P. Henson stars in a scene from the movie "What Men Want." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.(CNS photo/Paramount) See MOVIE-REVIEW-WHAT-MEN-WANT Feb. 8, 2019.

What Men Want

"What Men Want" (Paramount) examines female empowerment and the constant mutual misunderstandings that beset the sexes. A somewhat high raunch factor, however, necessitates a restrictive rating.

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Activists in Berlin take part in a "Walk for Freedom" to protest human trafficking Oct. 20, 2018. (CNS photo/Fabrizio Bensch, Reuters) See stories marked TRAFFICKING- Feb. 7, 2019.

Trafficking statistics do not reveal real extent of modern slavery

Pope Francis has called human trafficking "a crime against humanity."

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Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, responds to a question during a conference on "Healing the Breach of Trust: The Role of the Laity in Responding to the Crisis" Feb. 6, 2019, at The Catholic University of America in Washington. (CNS photo/Bob Roller) See ABUSE-RESPONSE-LAITY-DINARDO Feb. 6, 2019.

Head of U.S. bishops says new ‘season’ could come after abuse crisis

The laity may be angry over the most recent revelations of the Catholic Church's sex abuse crisis, but bishops, particularly younger ones, share in that anger.

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Blessed Paul VI is seen in an undated photo with Jesuit Father Pedro Arrupe, superior general of the Jesuits from 1965 to 1983. The sainthood cause for Father Arrupe was formally opened in Rome at the Basilica of St. John Lateran Feb. 5, 2019, the 28th anniversary of his death. (CNS photo/courtesy Jesuits Global) See CANONIZATION-OPEN-ARRUPE Feb. 6, 2019.

Jesuit Father Arrupe’s sainthood cause officially opens in Rome

The sainthood cause of Jesuit Father Pedro Arrupe was formally opened in Rome at the Basilica of St. John Lateran Feb. 5, the 28th anniversary of Father Arrupe's death.

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Pope Francis answers questions from journalists aboard his flight from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to Rome Feb. 5, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-UAE-PLANE Feb. 5, 2019.

Pope talks about dialogue, war, abuse of women religious

Pope Francis told reporters he is more afraid of the consequences of not engaging in interreligious dialogue than he is of being manipulated by some Muslim leaders.

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Bottles of opioid-based medication are seen at a pharmacy in Portsmouth, Ohio, June 21, 2017. Participants at the 2019 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering were told that opioids are claiming lives and affecting many others. (CNS photo/Bryan Woolston, Reuters) See CSMG-OPIOID-CRISIS Feb. 4, 2019.

Opioids claiming lives and affecting many others, say panelists

Statistics tell the grim story of the opioid crisis that has beset the United States. But the personal stories can be even more grim.

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Pope Francis walks with Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of United Arab Emirates, upon his arrival at Abu Dhabi Presidential Flight airport in United Arab Emirates, Feb. 3, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-UAE-ARRIVAL Feb. 3, 2019.

Pope arrives in Abu Dhabi, praying for nearby Yemen

The sun had set long before Pope Francis arrived in Abu Dhabi Feb. 3, but Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crown prince, and Egyptian Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb, grand imam of al-Azhar, still went to the airport to welcome him.

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Women religious walk in Madrid Dec. 4, 2018. (CNS photo/Susana Vera, Reuters)

Church must take clerical abuse of women seriously, editor says

The Catholic Church has been too slow coming to terms with the sexual abuse of women -- particularly women religious -- by priests, said the editor of the Vatican newspaper's women's magazine.

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