Pope expresses concern about ‘spiral of violence’ in Holy Land

Warning that violence will never bring peace, Pope Francis urged all sides to do all they can to foster dialogue in the Middle East. 

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Tammy McDonnell speaks about being sex trafficked during a human trafficking conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington May 15. She is now an outreach worker at Covenant House of Philadelphia. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn) See TRAFFICKING May 16, 2018.

Sex trafficking is ‘rooted in structure of society,’ says speaker

The fight against human trafficking and sexual exploitation may need its own #MeToo moment, according to a leading trafficking opponent.

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Pope Francis passes youths holding cell phones as he arrives for a meeting of the international network "Scholas Occurentes" at the Vatican May 11. In remarks May 14 the pope said few young pope extended a hand when he arrived for the "Scholas Occurentes" meeting, but most were trying for a photo . (CNS photo/Vatican Media) See POPE-YOUTH-SELFIE May 15, 2018.

‘Selfie’ culture leads to alienation, departure from reality, pope says

While taking selfies can be an occasion to capture treasured memories, it can also be a sign that young men and women are deprived of meaningful human interaction with others, Pope Francis said.

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People listen to Pope Francis during a meeting with leaders from the Diocese of Rome at St. John Lateran Basilica May 14. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters) See POPE-ROME-RENEWAL May 15, 2018.

Parishes grow only when people are welcomed, heard, pope says

After months of study and discussion, the parishes of the Diocese of Rome have recognized "a general and healthy exhaustion" with doing the same things over and over, touching the lives of fewer and fewer people as time goes on, Pope Francis said.

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Students at The Catholic University of America celebrate graduation May 12 in Washington. (CNS photo/Dana Rene Bowler, courtesy The Catholic University of America) See COMMENCEMENT-CUA-GOMEZ May 14, 2018.

Graduates urged to proclaim ‘a new American story’ of ‘holiness, heroism’

The American story began with the Catholic missionaries who first shaped the nation with the Gospel and proclaimed the dignity of all, a truth the class of 2018 must share to the betterment our country.

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A demonstrator holds a Palestinian flag near Ramallah, West Bank, during a protest against the U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem May 14. (CNS photo/Mohamad Torokman, Reuters) See PALESTINIANS-PROTEST-ISRAEL-EMBASSY May 14, 2018.

Dozens killed in protests as U.S. embassy inaugurated in Jerusalem

As the new United States embassy was inaugurated in Jerusalem May 14, violence broke out between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers.

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Christian persecution urgently calls churches to seek unity, pope says

Seeking Christian unity is more urgent than ever because of the ongoing persecution of Christians, Pope Francis told an Orthodox leader.

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Melissa McCarthy stars in a scene from the movie "Life of the Party." The Catholic News Service classification, A-III -- adults. Motion Picture Association of America rating, PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. (CNS photo/Warner Bros.)

Life of the Party

"Life of the Party" (Warner Bros.) turns out to be an especially poor choice of title for a campus-set comedy that is, essentially, lifeless. Flat and boring, the film also winks at -- though it doesn't display -- extracurricular bedroom activities.

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Lava erupts near Pahoa, Hawaii, May 6. (CNS photo/Bruce Omori, Paradise Helicopters via EPA)

Volcano’s lava flow displaces members of one Hawaii parish

In addition to offering prayers, the Catholic Church is stepping into action on behalf of hundreds of residents displaced from a fierce and unpredictable volcanic eruption.

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A pro-life poster is seen in front of Christ Church (Anglican) Cathedral in Dublin May 7. Ireland votes May 25 on whether the right to life of the unborn should continue to be enshrined in the constitution. (CNS photo/Clodagh Kilcoyne, Reuters)

Irish pro-life campaigners criticize Google decision to ban campaign ads

Irish pro-life campaigners have criticized a decision by tech giant Google to ban campaign advertisements before the May 25 referendum on whether the right to life of the unborn should continue to be enshrined in the constitution.

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