Cutting Humor gallops across the Churchill Downs track during a morning workout in Lousville, Ky., May 1, 2019. Catholic Jockey Mike Smith, who will ride Cutting Humor in the Kentucky Derby May 4, 2019, prays before every race, but he doesn't pray to win. (CNS photo/Pat McDonogh, USA TODAY NETWORK via Reuters)

Jockey Mike Smith, 2018 Triple Crown winner, relies on Catholic faith

Jockey Mike Smith, a Catholic who rode Justify last year to a Triple Crown victory, prays before every race, but he doesn't pray to win.

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An indigenous woman from the Pataxo Ha-ha-hae tribe looks over the Paraopeba River in Brazil Jan. 28, 2019, after a tailings dam owned by Brazilian mining company Vale SA collapsed. (CNS photo/Adriano Machado, Reuters)

Respect rights of indigenous people, culture, pope tells mining industry

A "fallacious" economic model that exploits the earth's resources while disregarding the rights and cultures of indigenous people has left the planet in a precarious condition and requires a change of heart that places the common good before financial gain, Pope Francis said.

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Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido talks to supporters during a protest near Carlota airbase in Caracas, Venezuela, April 30, 2019. Guaido took to the streets with activist Leopoldo Lopez and a small contingent of heavily armed soldiers in a call for the military to rise up and oust President Nicolas Maduro. (CNS photo/Carlos Garcia Rawlins, Reuters)

Church attacked by Maduro loyalists after Mass, Venezuelan bishop says

While protests against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro raged across the country, National Guard forces loyal to the embattled head of state launched tear gas at churchgoers attending Mass at a local parish.

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Elle Fanning and Rebecca Hall star in a scene from the movie "Teen Spirit." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. (CNS photo/LD Entertainment | Bleecker Street) See MOVIE-REVIEW-TEEN-SPIRIT April 26, 2019.

Teen Spirit

Elle Fanning spends the entirety of the musical drama "Teen Spirit" (Bleecker Street) glowering, as if she understands that life, or at least ambition in show business, is a series of Faustian bargains. Despite that, it's not a dark story with sinister or exploitative elements.

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Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican May 1, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-AUDIENCE-PRAYER-TEMPTATION May 1, 2019.

Satan, not God, tricks people with temptation, pope says

God never tricks, traps or tempts his children to sin or commit evil, Pope Francis said.

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Asylum seeker Antonia Portillo Cruz speaks on the phone in Tijuana, Mexico, April 25, 2019, before crossing to the U.S. to appear in front of an immigration judge. During an April 30 hearing before the House Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border Security, Bishop Mark J. Seitz of the Diocese of El Paso, Texas, spoke of his border community's response assisting asylum-seeking families who have been released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. (CNS photo/Andres Martinez Casares, Reuters) See ASYLUM-SEITZ April 30, 2019.

A bishop testifies on immigration as president seeks to change asylum

In a memo released late on April 29, President Donald Trump ordered changes for how refugees may apply for asylum to the U.S., requesting an application fee from asylum-seekers and denying them permission to work depending on how the applicant entered the country.

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An Economic Freedom Fighters election poster hangs in front of homes outside Johannesburg, South Africa, April 17, 2019. Archbishop Buti Tlhagale of Johannesburg criticized shameless physical attacks on migrants and refugees based on spurious allegations that they have robbed South Africans of their jobs. (CNS photo/Siphiwe Sibeko, Reuters) See SOUTH-AFRICA-XENOPHOBIA April 30, 2019.

South African archbishop says oppression of migrants recalls apartheid

A South African archbishop has urged the government to act against xenophobic attacks, which have increased as general elections approach.

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A family of Central American migrants is detained by Mexican federal police officers April 22, 2019, in Pijijiapan, Mexico, during their journey toward the United States. (CNS photo/Jose Cabezas, Reuters) See POPE-PETERS-PENCE-MEXICO April 29, 2019.

Pope makes donation to help migrants traveling through Mexico

Pope Francis has donated $500,000 to assist migrants attempting to travel through Mexico, but who are increasingly being impeded by Mexican officials from reaching the U.S. border.

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A candlelight vigil is held April 27, 2019, at Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church for victims of a shooting incident at the Congregation Chabad synagogue in Poway, Calif., near San Diego. In response to the shooting, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in an April 28 statement: "Our country should be better than this; our world should be beyond such acts of hatred and anti-Semitism." (CNS photo/John Gastaldo, Reuters) See story to come.

Catholic bishops condemn Poway synagogue shooting

Catholic bishops from around the U.S. were quick to condemn the April 27 attack on a Jewish community gathered at a synagogue near San Diego, which left one person dead and three others injured.

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Pope Francis is presented with a turban during a meeting April 26, 2019, at the Vatican with members of the Catholic Biblical Federation. At center is Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the papal household. (CNS photo/Vatican Media) See POPE-BIBLICAL-FEDERATION April 26, 2019.

Word of God must be ‘beating heart’ of church, pope says

Reading the Bible and praying with it is "the best vaccine" against Catholic communities closing in on themselves or focusing only on self-preservation, Pope Francis said.

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