Jesuit Father Edward Reese, president of St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco, blesses the casket of U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., during an Aug. 29 memorial service at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix. Prior to the service Father Reese said: "Loving God, see our tears for our brother, our father and husband, our fellow citizen and senator," he prayed. "Let these tears bring blooming in the desert he loved, in the country he served, in all our hearts! Amen." (CNS photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool via Reuters)

Jesuit priest and school president offers prayers at McCain memorials

Jesuit Father Edward Reese offered prayers in both Phoenix and Washington after the death of John McCain, the senator from Arizona who died Aug. 25 at age 81 after a long struggle with brain cancer.

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In this 2015 file photo, Pope Francis raises the Eucharist as he celebrates the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. With him at the altar is Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput. The Pennsylvania archbishop is asking the pope to call off the synod of bishops in Rome on the concerns of young people in the church, set for this October. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Archbishop Chaput to pope: Cancel youth synod, meet about bishops

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput is asking Pope Francis to call off the Synod of Bishops on young people this October to focus instead on the life of the bishops.

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Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, then nuncio to the United States, and then-Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington, are seen in a combination photo during the beatification Mass of Blessed Miriam Teresa Demjanovich at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, N.J., Oct. 4, 2014. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz) See VATICAN-LETTER-VIGANO Aug. 29, 2018.

Former nuncio now says sanctions against McCarrick were ‘private’

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the former nuncio to the United States who called on Pope Francis to resign for allegedly lifting sanctions placed on Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, now says those "sanctions" were "private" and neither he nor now-retired Pope Benedict XVI ever was able to enforce them.

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Adam Driver and John David Washington star in a scene from the movie "Blackkklansman." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.(CNS photo/Focus Features) See MOVIE-REVIEW-BLACKKKLANSMAN Aug. 30, 2018.


A few flaws notwithstanding, "BlacKkKlansman" (Focus) represents an effective and often entertaining look at the vicious racism lurking at the fringes of American life.

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Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta gives the homily in St. Patrick Church in Charleston, S.C., with other prelates attending the Provincial Assembly of Priests and Bishops Aug. 20-22. (CNS photo/Douglas Deas, for the Catholic Miscellany) See ATLANTA-PROVINCE-ABUSE-RESPONSE Aug. 30, 2018.

Bishops of Atlanta province consider ways to lead in the face of crisis

Priests and bishops from the Province of Atlanta recently spent time considering the abuse crisis in the church, how to respond to it and how to best carry on in serving the faithful.

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Pope Francis arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square Aug. 29 at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters) See POPE-AUDIENCE-IRELAND Aug. 29, 2018.

Pope serene despite ‘pain’ over archbishop’s testimony, cardinal says

While recent accusations by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano have created tension in the Catholic Church, Pope Francis is approaching the situation calmly, the Vatican secretary of state said.

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A satellite image shows the wildfire Aug. 6 at the Mendocino Complex in California. The wildfires in California are contributing to heavy smoke in southern Oregon, causing some parishes to move activities indoors and preventing some people from traveling to Mass. (CNS photo/DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company, handout via Reuters) See OREGON-CHURCHES-SMOKE Aug. 29, 2018.

Oregon church activities curtailed by smoke from wildfires

Catholic churches and homes in southern Oregon are safe so far amid wildfires, but persistent smoke has suppressed activities — and spirits.

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Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, then nuncio to the United States, congratulates then-Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington at a gala dinner sponsored by the Pontifical Missions Societies in New York in May 2012. The archbishop has since said Cardinal McCarrick already was under sanctions at that time, including being banned from traveling and giving lectures. Oblate Father Andrew Small, center, director of the societies, said Archbishop Vigano never tried to dissuade him from honoring the cardinal at the gala. (CNS photo/Michael Rogel, PMS) See VATICAN-LETTER-VIGANO Aug. 29, 2018.

Is there truth in Archbishop Vigano’s text?

Catholics in the pews and even priests in the Vatican are confused about the long document Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano published claiming Pope Francis turned a blind eye to information he had about the sexual misconduct of now-Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick.

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Colombian Cardinal Ruben Salazar Gomez of Bogota and Pope Francis greet worshippers from the cardinal's residence in 2017. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See CELAM-FRANCIS Aug. 28, 2018.

Latin America’s bishops denounce ‘shameful’ attacks on pope

The Catholic bishops of Latin America pledged their loyalty to Pope Francis and spoke against the "shameful" way he has been attacked, said the president of the Latin American bishops' council during an Aug. 26 Mass in Medellin, Colombia.

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Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, is seen June 13 at the opening of the bishops' annual spring assembly in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (CNS photo/Bob Roller) See DINARDO-CHURCH-LEADERS-ABUSE Aug. 1, 2018.

USCCB president seeks papal audience, answers to former nuncio’s questions

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said he was "eager for an audience" with Pope Francis to gain his support for the bishops' plan to respond to the clergy sexual abuse crisis.

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