A woman holds this sign as members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) hold a news conference in front of the Diocese of Pittsburgh Aug. 20 several days after a Pennsylvania grand jury released a stinging report that said more than 300 priests sexually abused more than 1,000 children during the course of several decades. (CNS photo/Chaz Muth)

Bishops nationwide reflect on ramifications of Pa. grand jury report

Bishops across the United States are offering apologies to victims, and renewed resolve to Catholics, in the wake of the Aug. 14 Pennsylvania grand jury report that detailed claims of sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children over 70 years in six dioceses in the state.

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Twin sisters Amber and Brianna Wooldridge celebrated a double wedding July 7 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Munjor, Kan. From left are Clay and Brianna Kear and Amber and Zach Binder. The fraternal twins served as the witness for one another during their vows. (CNS photo/Emily Garcia Photography)

Twin sisters used to celebrating sacraments together share wedding day

Growing up in Munjor, and later Hays, fraternal twins Amber and Brianna Wooldridge were used to celebrating milestones together.

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Mary Aiken, a cyberpsychologist, moderates a panel on "Dignity and Safety in a Digital Age" at the pastoral congress of the World Meeting of Families Aug. 22 in Dublin. Also on the panel are Teresa Kettelkamp, a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, journalist Matthew Lickona, and developmental psychologist Thomas Lickona. (CNS photo/Gina Christian)

Panelists urge families to come up with media plan to help protect minors

Behavioral scientists and cybercrime experts talked to families about how digital distraction, pornography and the "online echo chamber" impact their lives, during one of the first panels at the international World Meeting of Families.

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Dominican Sister Mary Jo Sobieck, a theology teacher at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago, throws out the ceremonial first pitch during the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals game Aug. 18 in Chicago. Sister Mary Jo, an athlete and graduate of Cathedral High School in St. Cloud, Minn., bounced the ball off her arm before coming to a set position and letting loose with a curveball. (CNS photo/Anthony Peter, Chicago White Sox)

Dominican sister’s pregame first pitch wows crowd, online world

Not only is Dominican Sister Mary Jo Sobieck a nun, she's also an internet sensation.

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Black Habit Dark Ale and St. Benedict Farmhouse Ale are two of the beers brewed at Mount Angel Abbey in St Benedict, Ore. The abbey's Benedictine monks began making beer about four years ago, and hope to have a new taproom ready in time for Mount Angel's Oktoberfest. (CNS photo/courtesy Mount Angel Abbey)

‘Taste and believe’ is Benedictine Brewery motto; taproom opening soon

Tyrant Cascadian Dark Ale and the less-forebodingly dubbed St. Benedict Farmhouse Ale will be among the beers crafted not at the trendiest Portland brewery but on the peaceful, prayer-suffused land of Mount Angel Abbey.

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Student Isaiah Black of Cleveland prepares a traditional French sauce tableside at Edwins Leadership and Restaurant Institute Aug. 14. The restaurant's six-month program prepares students recently released from prison for culinary careers. (CNS photo/Dennis Sadowski)

Restaurant’s culinary program helps former inmates achieve success

Joe Dawson is learning that there's a skill to cutting celery and it begins with how the chef's knife is held -- not by the handle but firmly above the sharpened blade.

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Pope Francis leads the Angelus from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square Aug. 5 at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters)

Pope: Abuse victims’ outcry more powerful than efforts to silence them

"No effort must be spared" to prevent future cases of clerical sexual abuse and "to prevent the possibility of their being covered up," Pope Francis said in a letter addressed "to the people of God."

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Six Brazilians are holding a hunger strike to demand that former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva be released from jail and be allowed to run for the presidency in October. Second from right is Franciscan Franciscan Brother Sergio Gorgen. (CNS photo/Adilvane Spezia)

Franciscan brother goes on hunger strike to decry conditions in Brazil

Since the end of July, six Brazilians, including Franciscan Brother Sergio Gorgen, have been on a hunger strike to denounce the deteriorating conditions of many Brazilians due to increased violence, unemployment and hunger.

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Bishop Christopher J. Coyne of Burlington, Vt., looks on as Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, responds to a reporter's question during a Nov. 13 news conference at the bishops' fall general assembly in Baltimore. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

Cardinal explains plan to address ‘moral catastrophe’ of abuse

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Aug. 16 announced three key goals and a comprehensive plan to address the "moral catastrophe" of the new abuse scandal hitting the U.S. church.

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Greg Burke, Vatican spokesman, is seen with Pope Francis aboard the flight from Dhaka, Bangladesh, to Rome Dec. 2, 2017. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Vatican wants accountability for abusers, those who protected them

In the wake of a grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse in six dioceses in Pennsylvania, a Vatican spokesman called the abuses described in the report as being "criminal and morally reprehensible."

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