Bishop George V. Murry of Youngstown, Ohio, chair of the U.S. bishops' Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, center right, conducts an interview near the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington Oct. 2, 2017. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

Bishop gives stark appraisal of church relations with blacks

The bishop who chairs the U.S. bishops' Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism gave a sobering assessment of U.S. Catholics' treatment of blacks, from the laity to the hierarchy.

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Franciscan friars pray as a first-class relic of St. Maximilian Kolbe is installed for permanent display Jan. 24 at St. Ita Church in Chicago. St. Maximilian Kolbe died in Auschwitz Aug. 14, 1941, after volunteering to take the place of another man who was to be tortured in a room meant to starve people to death. (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Chicago Catholic)

Rare relic of Auschwitz saint on display at Chicago church

For Conventual Franciscan Father Robert Cook, pastor of St. Ita Parish in Chicago, St. Maximilan Kolbe isn't some far-off legendary figure.

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The sun rises Jan. 30 over the rings of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on a beach in Gangneung, South Korea. The Olympics begin Feb. 9. (CNS photo/Jeon Heon-Kyun, EPA) See KOREA-OLYMPICS-PEACE Jan. 30, 2018.

Vatican invited to attend Olympic opening ceremony

For the first time, the International Olympic Committee has invited a Vatican delegation not only to take part in the opening ceremony of the Winter Games, but also to attend its general meeting as an official observer.

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Dr. Catherine Crosland, director of homeless outreach development for Unity Health Care Inc., holds up a flu vaccine container before she gives a homeless woman a flu shot Feb. 1 at Catholic Charities' Adam's Place homeless shelter in Washington. (CNS photo/Chaz Muth) See FLU-PROTOCOLS Feb. 2, 2018.

Major flu outbreak prompts dioceses to implement prevention protocols

The nationwide flu outbreak has prompted dioceses to take steps to suspend traditional rituals to prevent the spread of the virus as much as possible.

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Lily James and Gary Oldman star in a scene from the movie "Darkest Hour." 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/Focus Features) See MOVIE-REVIEW-DARKEST-HOUR Feb. 1, 2018.

Darkest Hour

The spotlight shines brightly on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in "Darkest Hour" (Focus), a historical drama about political leadership and backroom intrigue during a pivotal moment of World War II.

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Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno, Chile, arrives in procession for Pope Francis' celebration of Mass near Temuco, Chile, Jan. 17. Pope Francis has asked Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna of Malta, a longtime expert in handling abuse allegations, to go to the Chilean capital to gather information about Bishop Barros. The Chilean bishop is accused by victims of witnessing and covering up sexual abuse of minors. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-CHILE-SCICLUNA Jan. 30, 2018.

Pope asks Vatican abuse expert to review new information on Chilean bishop

Pope Francis asked a longtime expert in handling abuse allegations to gather new information in Chile concerning Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno.

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People walk into the Mall of America Jan. 28 in Bloomington, Minn., site of the media center for Super Bowl LII. The NFC champions, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the AFC champions, the New England Patriots, will compete in Super Bowl LII Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. (CNS photo/Erik S. Lesser, EPA) See SUPERBOWL-TEAMS-MASS and SUPER-BOWL-ANTI-TRAFFICKING Jan. 29, 2018.

In chilly Minnesota, archbishop has warm welcome for Super Bowl visitors

Archbishop Bernard J. Hebda may be a Pittsburgh native, but like a true Minnesotan, he began a welcome video for Super Bowl visitors talking about the weather.

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A student completes assignments in class in 2017 at St. Joseph Mission School in rural San Fidel, N.M. The school's student body is 90 percent Native American and 10 percent Hispanic. (CNS photo/Rich Kalonick, Catholic Extension) See SCHOOLS-EXTENSION-LEADERS Jan. 31, 2018.

Program develops leaders for Catholic schools in U.S. mission dioceses

At a time when many Catholic schools are struggling with enrollment, fighting to survive and at times shutting their doors, Catholic Extension and Loyola Marymount University have teamed up to strengthen Catholic schools in some of the nation's poorest communities.

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People participate in a candlelight vigil Aug. 13 outside the White House to show solidarity with the victims of violence that took place at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori Sept. 27 announced creation of a statewide Maryland task force to work for better race relations and address racism. (CNS photo/Michael Reynolds, EPA) See MARYLAND-TASK-FORCE-RACISM Sept. 29, 2017.

Church must ‘speak and live in truth’ to combat racism, bishop says

The Catholic Church must confront the sin of racism, listen to people who have been oppressed, and seek reconciliation in part by promoting people of color into leadership roles, said Bishop George Murry of Youngstown, Ohio.

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Beneficiaries of the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program attend the "Keep Our Dream Alive" binational meeting in 2017. The Dreamers, as DACA recipients are known, gathered at a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall in Sunland Park, N.M. (CNS photo/Jose Luis Gonzalez, Reuters) See DACA-GOMEZ-HUMANITARIAN and DACA-JUDGE Jan. 10, 2018.

Trump immigration plan’s impact on family ‘deeply troubling,’ says bishop

The chairman of the U.S. bishops' migration committee said Jan. 30 that the Catholic bishops welcomed the Trump administration's proposal to give "Dreamers" a path to citizenship, but at the same time, they are "deeply troubled" about the plan's "impact on family unity."

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