The banks of Lake Michigan are seen frozen with the Chicago skyline in the background Jan. 29, 2019, as bitter cold sweeps across much of the central and eastern United States. Hundreds of schools and several large universities closed their campuses Jan. 29 as temperatures plummeted across the Midwest, with forecasters warning that the frigid weather would get worse and could be life-threatening. (CNS photo/Pinar Istek, Reuters)

During Arctic blast, Catholic service agencies extend services, hours

The deep freeze that plunged much of the Upper Midwest into historic and dangerously low temperatures was a matter of life and death for many of the area's homeless at risk of frostbite or hypothermia.

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Pictured clockwise in a combination photo are: Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio; Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Texas; and Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Migration. (CNS file photos).

Texas dioceses name clergy with credible allegations of sex abuse

In a step to restore trust in the Catholic Church, dioceses in Texas released their lists of priests against whom credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor have been determined.

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Frank Meuers, pictured in a Jan. 4, 2019, photo, is one of more than a dozen clergy sexual abuse survivors who talks regularly with Tim O’Malley of the Office of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Meuers is the southwest Minnesota director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. (CNS photo/Dave Hrbacek, Catholic Spirit)

Survivors, lay leaders help archdiocese hear victims, assist in healing

Frank Meuers and Tim O'Malley meet every month or so, often for breakfast, to talk about the Catholic Church and clergy sex abuse.

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Pope Francis answers questions from journalists aboard his flight from Tallinn, Estonia, to Rome Sept. 25. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Affirming celibacy, pope explains narrow possibility for married priests

Many people were surprised when Pope Francis told reporters flying with him from Panama Jan. 27 that he did not think optional celibacy for priests in the Latin-rite church was a good idea.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks Nov. 13, 2018, during a news conference in New York City. Officials at the New York State Catholic Conference are calling the Reproductive Health Act, which will expand abortion access and is supported by Cuomo, "worse than we thought it would be." (CNS photo/Jeenah Moon, Reuters)

Some call for N.Y. governor to be excommunicated for supporting abortion

Since Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed New York's new expansive abortion measure into law Jan. 22, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, some Catholics have called for the governor, who is Catholic, to be excommunicated.

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Pope Francis arrives at Panama City's Rommel Fernandez Stadium Jan. 27, 2019, to thank World Youth Day volunteers for their service in making the event a reality. (CNS photo/Chaz Muth)

As World Youth Day closes, pope prompts volunteers to keep serving

Just before leaving the physical and human warmth of Panama Jan. 27, Pope Francis stopped to thank the thousands of official volunteers, young and old, gathered at the capital city's Rommel Fernandez Stadium to tell them that they had just participated in an event similar to one that took place early in Christianity.  

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Pope Francis attends a welcoming ceremony and gathering with young people at Santa Maria la Antigua Field in Panama City Jan. 24, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-PANAMA-WYD-WELCOME Jan. 24, 2019.

Keep God’s love alive, pope tells young people at World Youth Day

Young men and women in the church can bring the joy of the Gospel to the world by showing that God's love extends to all people and excludes no one, Pope Francis said.

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A group from Indiana poses for a photo outside the Figali Convention Center in Panama City Jan. 23, 2019, at the start of the FIAT Festival, one of the largest events for U.S. pilgrims attending World Youth Day. Coming from smaller cities and towns in Indiana, the World Youth Day experience in a metropolitan city has provided insight into the universal and diverse world of the Catholic faith, they said. (CNS photo/Rhina Guidos) See WYD-INDIANA-PILGRIMS Jan. 24, 2019.

World Youth Day offers glimpse of church’s diversity to Indiana pilgrims

Panama City has skyscrapers, bumper-to-bumper traffic, and a population of 880,000 within the city limits—more than 1.5 million in the metropolitan area. Yet a group of pilgrims from Indiana found warmth and the diversity of the Catholic Church while attending World Youth Day in the bustling city center.

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A young adult shares a laugh with a priest in Panama City Jan. 23, 2019, at FIAT, the largest English-language World Youth Day event. Musical performances and testimonials were mixed with frank discussion about the clergy sexual abuse scandal. (CNS photo/Chaz Muth) See WYD-FIAT-US-YOUTH Jan. 23, 2019.

Bishops address abuse scandal with U.S. pilgrims at World Youth Day

As Pope Francis was arriving in Panama Jan. 23, bishops from the United States wasted no time addressing the sex abuse scandal back home during a popular event aimed at American and other English-speaking World Youth Day pilgrims.

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People take part in a candlelight vigil Jan. 18, 2019, for victims of a car bomb attack in Bogota, Colombia. During his Jan. 20 Angelus, Pope Francis said "I want to assure the Colombian people of my closeness after the serious terrorist attack" Jan. 17 outside the national police academy in Bogota. (CNS photo/Luisa Gonzalez, Reuters) See POPE-MIGRANTS-COLOMBIA Jan. 22, 2019.

Pope says he’s pained by deaths in Colombia, the Mediterranean

When Pope Francis led the recitation of the Angelus prayer Jan. 20, he told the crowd in St. Peter's Square that he had "two pains in my heart: Colombia and the Mediterranean."

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