Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins star in a scene from the movie "Tolkien." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. 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 Searchlight) See MOVIE-REVIEW-TOLKIEN and TOLKIEN-KARUKOSKI May 7, 2019.


By turns lyrical and moving, "Tolkien" (Fox Searchlight) is a sophisticated profile of the future novelist's youth that succeeds on a number of levels.

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A worshipper venerates a reliquary containing St. John Vianney's incorrupt heart at Bourgade Catholic High School in Phoenix May 6, 2019. (CNS photo/Billy Hardiman, The Catholic Sun) See RELIC-VIANNEY-ARIZONA May 13, 2019.

Venerating St. John Vianney relic strengthens faith, say priests, laity

The incorruptible heart of St. John Vianney, who used the confessional and his gift of reading hearts to lead thousands of central Europeans away from sin and toward devotion to God during the mid-1800s, made its way through the Diocese of Phoenix the first week of May.

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At right, Archangel Attic volunteer Kathy Jacoby assists a customer at the parish thrift store next to St. Benedict Church in Anchorage April 8, 2019. (CNS photo/Ron Nicholl, Catholic Anchor) See ALASKA-THRIFT-SCHOOLS May 13, 2019.

Alaska thrift shop raises $1 million for a Catholic school

Of all the designer clothes, quirky conversation pieces and valuable antiques that have rotated through the thrift shop, Archangel Attic, maybe the greatest treasure to come from this modest Anchorage shop is the $1 million it has made for Lumen Christi High School in Anchorage.

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Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago and Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan are pictured in a Jan. 6, 2018, and Feb. 19, 2017, panel photo. Cardinal Cupich says he was blindsided by Farrakhan's invitation to speak at Chicago's St. Sabina Church May 9 and is condemning his remarks. Cardinal Cupich said Farrakhan "repeatedly smeared the Jewish people using thinly veiled discriminatory rhetoric and outright slander. I apologize to my Jewish brothers and sisters." (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Chicago Catholic/Rebecca Cook, Reuters) See CUPICH-FARRAKHAN-SPEECH May 13, 2019.

Chicago archbishop apologizes for Farrakhan visit to Catholic Church

The archbishop of Chicago apologized to the local Jewish community after a priest in the city invited the leader of the Nation of Islam to speak at his church.

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Pope Francis greets a nun during a meeting with 850 superiors general May 10, 2019, at the Vatican, who were in Rome for the plenary assembly of the International Union of Superiors General. The organization represents more than 450,000 women religious in more than 100 countries. (CNS photo/Vatican Media via Reuters) See POPE-UISG May 10, 2019.

Pope discusses deaconesses, need for nuns to be servants not ‘maids’

Pope Francis told the heads of women's religious orders from around the world they need to send sisters on assignments that truly serve the church and those in need, and not agree to requests for "maids."

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Sarah Joy Walker, 17, and her mother Alisa, are pictured April 24, 2019. Sarah, who has Down syndrome, told the Alberta March for Life in Edmonton May 9 that she was grateful to God that her parents refused an abortion, allowing her to become a pro-life advocate. (CNS photo/Kyle Greenham, Grandin Media) See CANADA-DOWN-PRO-LIFE May 10, 2019.

17-year-old with Down syndrome becomes pro-life advocate in Canada

Sarah Joy Walker is alive today because her mother flatly turned down an abortion.

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Pope Francis responds to a question from Joshua McElwee of the National Catholic Reporter as he answers questions from journalists aboard his flight from Skopje, North Macedonia, to Rome May 7, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope says study on women deacons was inconclusive

The commission Pope Francis appointed to study the history and identity of women deacons did not reach a unanimous conclusion about whether deaconesses in the early church were "ordained" or formally "blessed," the pope said.

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Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta speaks at a news conference presenting Pope Francis' new document, "Vos estis lux mundi" ("You are the light of the world") at the Vatican May 9, 2019. The document, which goes into effect June 1, establishes and clarifies norms and procedures for holding bishops and religious superiors accountable in protecting minors as well as in protecting members of religious orders and seminarians from abuse. (CNS Photo/Robert Duncan)

Days of covering up abuse allegations are over, says Vatican adviser

Pope Francis' new norms on protecting minors and strengthening accountability are the latest steps in driving home the message that the days of keeping abuse allegations covered up or ignored are over, said the Vatican's top abuse investigator.

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Students mourn during a vigil May 8, 2019, for victims of a shooting at the STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado. Catholic leaders are calling for prayer and action in response to the May 7 shooting inside the charter school near Denver that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math. Kendrick Castillo, an 18-year-old Catholic senior was killed when he "lunged" at one of the shooters to save others. Eight other students were wounded. (CNS photo/Rick Wilking, Reuters)

Catholic officials call for prayer, action after Colorado shooting

Catholic leaders are calling for prayer and action in response to the May 7 school shooting inside a charter school near Denver. One teenager died and eight other students were wounded.

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Pope Francis visits with refugees in Sofia, Bulgaria, May 6, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope meets refugees in Bulgaria

Twelve boys and girls wearing white T-shirts and dark pants sang for Pope Francis at a refugee center on the outskirts of Sofia.

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