Isidoro Jajoy, a shaman from Colombia's Inga tribe, blesses people in Bogota Aug. 14, 2019, during a preparatory meeting for the October Synod of Bishops for the Amazon. (CNS photo/Manuel Rueda) See AMAZON-SYNOD-COLOMBIA-PREP Aug. 15, 2019.

In Colombia, bishops, religious listen to Amazonians before synod

Bishops, nuns, priests and residents of the Amazon basin met in Colombia's capital city in mid-August to prepare for a special Synod of Bishops for the Amazon this fall at the Vatican.

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The Pennsylvania statehouse is seen from the State Street bridge in Harrisburg. The Pennsylvania attorney general released a grand jury report Aug. 14 on a months-long investigation into abuse claims spanning a 70-year period in the Dioceses of Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Scranton, Allentown, Greensburg and Erie. (CNS photo/Tim Shaffer, Reuters) See PA-GRAND-JURY-REPORT-RELEASE Aug. 14, 2018.

Bishops reflect on abuse crisis on anniversary of Pa. grand jury report

On the anniversary of the Pennsylvania grand jury report detailing alleged abuse by clergy and other church workers over several decades in six dioceses, bishops in those dioceses reflected on what the past year has wrought and described how their dioceses have acted to help past victims and prevent future victims.

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Friends of elementary school teacher Elsa Mendoza, who was killed during the Aug. 3, 2019, shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, mourn during her wake Aug. 8 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. (CNS photo/Jose Luis Gonzalez, Reuters) See SHOOTINGS-SANCTITY-LIFE Aug. 14, 2019.

Disrespect for life, lack of moral center seen as factors in gun violence

In this American age of violence, religious leaders, scholars and TV personalities alike notice a more insidious problem with American culture.

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Peace activists representing about a dozen religious communities hold a special Hiroshima and Nagasaki Commemoration Prayer Service of Repentance midday Aug. 9, 2019, outside the White House in Washington. (CNS photo/courtesy Art Laffin) See HIROSHIMA-NAGASAKI-PRAYER Aug. 13, 2019.

Catholic peace advocates commemorate Hiroshima, Nagasaki anniversaries

About 40 peace advocates representing about a dozen religious communities held a special Hiroshima and Nagasaki Commemoration Prayer Service of Repentance midday Aug. 9 outside the White House in Washington.

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers are seen after executing search warrants and making arrests Aug. 7, 2019, at an agricultural processing facility in Canton, Miss. Mississippi's Catholic bishops joined with the state's Episcopal, Methodist and Lutheran bishops in condemning the Trump administration's ICE raid on seven food processing plants in the state to round up workers in the country illegally. (CNS photo/Immigration and Customs Enforcement handout via Reuters) See ICE-RAIDS-MISSISSIPPI Aug. 12, 2019.

Bishops of four Mississippi churches condemn ICE raid, roundup of workers

Mississippi's Catholic bishops joined with the state's Episcopal, Methodist and Lutheran bishops in condemning the Trump administration's Aug. 7 raid on seven food processing plants in the state to round up workers in the country illegally.

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A woman in San Juan Sacatepequez, Guatemala, casts her vote during the presidential election Aug. 11, 2019. (CNS photo/Jose Cabezas, Reuters) See GUATEMALA-PRESIDENT-MIGRATION Aug. 12, 2019.

Guatemala’s new president faces U.S. challenges on migration

Sunday Mass Aug. 11 at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Guatemala City included prayers for the two candidates running in that day's runoff election and the country's outgoing president.

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The tower of the Institute for Works of Religion, often referred to as the Vatican bank, is pictured at the Vatican May 6, 2016. Pope Francis has approved new statutes for the bank that include structural changes and a mandatory external audit. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope approves new statutes for Vatican bank

Pope Francis approved new statutes for the Institute for the Works of Religion, often referred to as the Vatican bank, that include structural changes and a mandatory external audit.

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Pope Francis greets Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 17, 2019. In a new interview on the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, Pope Francis praised the increased awareness and efforts among young people to seek action on climate change. (CNS photo/Yara Nardi, Reuters)

In new interview, pope explains aim of synod, warns against nationalism

The upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Amazon is an "urgent" gathering, not of scientists and politicians, but for the church whose main focus in discussions will be evangelization, Pope Francis said in a new interview.

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A man walks past a memorial Aug. 7, 2019, for those killed in a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, four days earlier. Three U.S. bishops' committee chairmen issued a statement Aug. 8 to call on the nation's elected officials "to exert leadership in seeking to heal the wounds" of the country caused by the Aug. 3 and 4 mass shootings and urged an end to hateful rhetoric many see as a factor in the violence particularly in Texas. The Aug. 3 shooting in El Paso, Texas, was followed less than 24 hours later by the mass shooting in Dayton Aug. 4. (CNS photo/Bryan Woolston, Reuters) See USCCB-CHANGE-RHETORIC Aug. 8, 2019.

Bishop: Shootings show ‘all communities are affected by racism’

Three mass shooting incidents in the United States in the span of a week are now showing that "their emotional impact is resonating, understandably, across the nation," said Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana.

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Pope Francis greets Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor of the 1945 atomic bombing in Hiroshima, Japan, and a delegation from the organization Earth Caravan during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican March 20, 2019. The group presented a flame of peace, which the pope blew upon. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See JAPAN-ATOMIC-ANNIVERSARY-POPES Aug. 8, 2019.

On anniversary, Japan’s bishops renew hope for nuclear-free world

Bishops of Japan are renewing calls and prayers to build peace by abolishing nuclear weapons worldwide and promoting integral human development.

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