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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Kathy Schneeman and her mother, Cecelia MacDonald, pose for a photo with their self-published book "Running the Cobblestones." (CNS photo/Dave Hrbacek, The Catholic Spirit)

Daughter pens novel with mom’s guidance; project strengthens their bond

Several years ago, Kathy Schneeman of St. Joseph's Parish in West St. Paul was finding extra time in her life, a bit unusual for a mother of nine, including young twins.

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People in Rome rally against mafias Nov. 11, 2017. (CNS photo/Angelo Carconi, EPA)

Pope, bishops mark anniversary of St. John Paul’s condemnation of Mafia

As the bishops and faithful of Sicily remembered St. John Paul II's visit in 1993 and, especially, his "prophetic invective" against the Mafia, Pope Francis urged them to continue the fight against organized crime.

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A statue of Mary is seen at Old St. Mary's Catholic Church in the Greektown neighborhood of Detroit in this 2015 file photo. The Detroit Archdiocese is celebrating the new feast day for Mary, Mother of the Church with a May 21 Mass at Old St. Mary's followed by a May Crowning and procession. (CNS photo/courtesy Archdiocese of Detroit)

Catholics get chance to celebrate, think about Mary with new feast day

The Catholic Church doesn't often add new celebrations to its pretty full liturgical calendar, but this year's new feast day, Mary, Mother of the Church on May 21, has Catholics gearing up to mark the day or at least think a little more about Mary.

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Faithful attend a Mass at St. Savior Catholic Church in Bangui, Central African Republic, in this 2015 file photo. The country's Christian and Muslim leaders designated May 10-12 as days of prayers for peace and reconciliation. (CNS photo/Stringer, EPA)

Central Africa religious leaders announce three days of prayer

Christian and Muslim leaders in the Central African Republic have accused foreign states of complicity in a May 1 gun and grenade attack on a Catholic Mass and announced coordinated prayers for peace and reconciliation in its churches and mosques.

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Father Alan Dietzenbach listens to Adib Kassas, acting imam at the mosque in Dubuque, Iowa, speak about Arabic calligraphy and the decoration around the arch April 26. The artwork was a gift from Catholic parishes in Dubuque to the center as a sign of friendship. (CNS photo/Dan Russo, The Witness)

Iowa Catholic parishes gift artwork to mosque as a sign of friendship

Artist Donna Slade had never set foot in a mosque before beginning work on the intricate calligraphy in Arabic that now decorates the arch above the central point in the worship space at the Tri-State Islamic Center.

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Italian fashioner designer Donatella Versace and Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, arrive for a press presentation for the exhibit, "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination," at Galleria Colonna in Rome Feb. 26. The Vatican is loaning forty vestments and sacred objects for an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York from May 10-Oct. 8. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Encore: Runway to heaven: Vatican, The Met highlight faith, fashion

When Pope Benedict XVI's custom-made red leather loafers became a signature part of his wardrobe after his election in 2005, Newsweek labeled him "a religious-fashion icon" and Esquire named him "Accessorizer of the Year."

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Father Andy Sohm talks with farmers Marlan and Sherry Rolfes of Newcastle, Neb., after blessing their fields April 11. (CNS photo/Jerry L. Mennenga for the Omaha Catholic Voice)

Nebraska priest’s spring blessings reap harvest of faith among farmers

For the past five years each spring and fall, Father Andrew Sohm has traveled the highways, two-lane and dirt roads to farms near the parishes he pastors, St. Peter in Newcastle and St. Joseph in Ponca.

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A $50 bill is seen in this illustration photo. Religious denominations in the United States have been largely exempt from paying taxes, but some cracks are beginning to show. (CNS photo/Thomas White, Reuters)

Nibbles or bites, tax policy fights eating away at church exemptions

For generations, religious denominations in the United States have been largely exempt from paying taxes. However, some cracks are beginning to show in that armor.

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