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Students work together at St. Catherine of Siena School in Port Arthur, Texas. (CNS photo/courtesy Catholic Extension)

Conference examines what it means to educate from heart of the church

The National Catholic Classical Schools Conference met at The Catholic University of America to discuss what it means to educate from the heart of the church.

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Pope Francis greets a prelate and young people during a special audience with altar servers July 31 in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Claudio Peri, EPA)

The path to holiness isn’t for the lazy, pope tells altar servers

Christ's commandment to love God and neighbor is a path trodden by those who have the desire to become saints, Pope Francis told thousands of altar servers from around the world.

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Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., chair of the U.S. bishops' Committee for Religious Liberty, speaks during a religious freedom event July 30 at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington. Among others also pictured are, closest to the podium, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

Religious liberty ‘rooted in dignity of human person,’ says archbishop

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, gave three reasons why religious freedom is important to the Catholic Church in a speech July 30 at a conference on the issue at the Justice Department in Washington.

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Michel Sidibe, executive director of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS, looks on July 24 as Maryknoll Father Richard Bauer, who chairs the Catholic HIV and AIDS Network, speaks at the 2018 International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam. (CNS photo/Paul Jeffrey)

Struggle against virus isn’t over, say Catholics at global AIDS meeting

Despite rumors of its demise, the AIDS pandemic is far from over, and churches must continue to play a critical role in combating the disease, Catholic leaders were told at an international gathering of more than 15,000 AIDS researchers and activists.

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Results of a new Pew Research Center survey released July 26 shows Americans are more likely to anticipate negative than positive effects from widespread use of gene-editing technology for babies. (CNS photo/Edgard Garrido, Reuters)

Pew: Most Americans skeptical of benefits of gene editing for babies

A new Pew Research Center study found that a majority of Americans supported the use of gene-editing technology in babies if the goal is "delivering direct health benefits for babies."

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The Twitter application is seen on a phone screen in 2017. For some bishops and their dioceses, using Twitter has become an effective way of reaching the faithful. (CNS photo/Thomas White, Reuters) See TWITTER-FAITHFUL July 25, 2018.

On Twitter and other social media, church ‘called to be salt and light’

Pope Francis has said that shepherds "should have the smell of the sheep." For some bishops and their dioceses, that means going on Twitter.

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Callista Gingrich, U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, speaks during a panel discussion on religious liberty July 24 on Capitol Hill in Washington. The gathering, titled "The Fight for International Religious Freedom: Perspectives From the Vatican," was sponsored by the Religious Freedom Institute and The Catholic University of America's Center For Religious Liberty. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

Gingrich: ‘Securing’ religious liberty top priority for U.S., Vatican

The U.S. ambassador to the Holy See told a Washington audience July 24 that "promoting and securing religious freedom as a human right is a shared priority" of the Vatican and the United States.

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Pope Francis talks with Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston, president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, during a private audience at the Vatican April 19. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

O’Malley: Actions needed now to address claims against cardinal

Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley said "a major gap still exists" when it comes to the Catholic Church's policies on sexual abuse and conduct as it pertains, not just to priests, but in cases of accusations against cardinals and bishops.

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Ja'Che Malone, a student at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, talks with an aide to Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., about funding for international poverty-reducing programs during the Student Ambassador Leadership Summit of Catholic Relief Services July 18 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (CNS photo/Dennis Sadowski)

CRS student ambassadors stress need for human dignity to Congress

Denise Ssettimba just began her brief presentation to an aide to Sen. John Kennedy, R-Louisiana, on the need to maintain U.S. funding for global anti-hunger efforts when two congressional dining staffers with food carts in tow asked to squeeze by in a busy hallway in the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

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Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, and Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago greet asylum seekers in 2017 at the Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas, in the Brownsville Diocese. (CNS photo/courtesy Catholic Extension)

Texas Catholic ‘respite’ center serves as symbol of American compassion

It's been featured in fundraisers at the Vatican and on news shows. This summer, it's been visited by Kerry Kennedy, Robert and Ethel Kennedy's daughter, and TV celebrity Gayle King.

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