On the morning after Kristallnacht, or the "Night of Broken Glass," local residents watch as the synagogue in Ober-Ramstadt, Germany, is destroyed by fire in 1938. That year, from Nov. 9 to Nov. 10, Nazis in Germany torched synagogues and vandalized Jewish homes and schools. (CNS photo/United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy Trudy Isenberg)

Archival discovery at Catholic U. leads to Kristallnacht remembrance

Jews worldwide will remember the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht. In a direct German translation, it means "Crystal Night," but it is more commonly thought of as "Night of Broken Glass," as Nazis and their sympathizers rampaged through Nazi Germany -- which by this time had absorbed Austria and the Sudetenland -- the night of Nov. 9-10, 1938.

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Francesco Cesareo, chairman of the National Review Board, speaks Oct. 12 in Washington. The board oversees compliance by dioceses with the U.S. bishops' "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People." Cesareo is president of Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

National Review Board chairman seeks fix to address charter ‘loophole’

The National Review Board chairman called for changes to the "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People" to "make it a less ambiguous document" because despite nearly every diocese meeting its standards in third-party audits, some bishops are facing scrutiny about their handling of reports of wayward priests.

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A man takes a moment at each of the Star of David memorials Oct. 29 with the names of the people who were killed at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. At least 11 people were killed and six others wounded, including four police officers, during the Oct. 27 shooting at the synagogue. (CNS photo/Jared Wickerham, EPA)

Pittsburgh parishes asked to collect funds for Jewish congregations

Parishes throughout the Diocese of Pittsburgh will take up a special collection for the three Jewish congregations that worship at the Tree of Life Synagogue, which was attacked by a gunman.

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A Honduran migrant rests migrants at a shelter in Guatemala City Oct. 18. She and the other migrants are part of a caravan trying to reach the U.S. (CNS photo/Luis Echeverria, Reuters)

Injustice toward migrants, refugees made in complicit silence, pope says

The "throwaway culture" has become a pandemic today, and it leaves migrants and displaced people without a voice and at the mercy of those who exploit them, Pope Francis said.

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A depiction of Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem sculpted from sand is displayed in the Italian resort town of Jesolo in December 2017. Jesolo will donate a 52-foot wide Nativity scene made entirely of highly compressed sand to the Vatican. The sculpture will be unveiled during the Vatican's annual tree lighting ceremony Dec. 7. (CNS photo/Jesolo Tourism Office) See SAND-NATIVITY-SCENE Nov. 2, 2018

‘Sand Nativity’ scene to display in St. Peter’s Square

Although sand castles and sculptures usually conjure up images of hot summers on the beach, the Vatican will unveil a massive Nativity scene made entirely of sand during the cold Roman winter.

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Pittsburgh resident Jim VanSickle makes a healing journey back to Bradford Central Christian High School in Bradford, Pa., Aug. 21, the school where he first encountered the priest he says molested him. (CNS photo/Chaz Muth) See SEX-ABUSE-SURVIVORS-VOICE Aug. 24, 2018.

One man glad to be in court to see priest plead guilty to abuse

When Father David Poulson of the Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty Oct. 17 to felony counts in connection with sexual assaults against one boy and the attempted assault of another boy, Jim VanSickle was there to witness it.

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Gwilym Lee and Rami Malek star in a scene from the movie "Bohemian Rhapsody." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. (CNS photo/Fox) See MOVIE-REVIEW-BOHEMIAN-RHAPSODY Oct. 30, 2018.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Rami Malek gives himself completely to the role of Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Fox), director Bryan Singer's biopic of the lead singer of the rock group Queen, with impressive artistic results.

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Panelists are seen during an Oct. 24 talk at Georgetown University in Washington on the abuse scandal in the church. Pictured are Jesuit Father Jerry McGlone, associate director for the Protection of Minors for the Conference of Major Superiors of Men; Kerry Robinson, founding executive director and global ambassador of the Leadership Roundtable; John Carr, director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown; Erica Lizza, president of Catholic Women at Georgetown; and Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke, a former interim chair of the U.S. bishops' National Review Board. (CNS photo/courtesy Georgetown University) See CRISIS-REFORM-PANEL-GEORGETOWN Oct. 30, 2018.

Lay Catholics urged to channel anger at church abuse crisis to reform

Although the current sexual abuse crisis in the church is similar to what the church faced in 2002 when reports of past abuse and cover-up came out of Boston, how Catholics are responding this time is different.

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Men protest in Lahore, Pakistan, Oct. 31, after the Supreme Court acquitted Asia Bibi, a Christian accused of blasphemy. (CNS photo/Rahat Dar, EPA) See PAKISTAN-ASIA-BIBI Oct. 31, 2018.

Pakistan court sets aside death sentence for woman convicted of blasphemy

Pakistan's Supreme Court has set aside the death sentence of Asia Bibi, a Catholic convicted of blasphemy, and ordered her release from prison.

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Nations are built by migrants, pope says

Countries do not develop by themselves; they are built by migrants, Pope Francis said.

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