Father James Gardiner, a Franciscan Friar of the Atonement, dances with Gaithersburg, Md., members of the Al-Amal Dabkeh Troupe during the annual Holy Land Festival in Washington July 15. The celebration was held at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America. (CNS photo/CNS photo/Jaclyn Lippelmann, Catholic Standard)

Holy Land Festival unites Muslims, Christians in hope for restored peace

Along the western banks of the Jordan River, the place of Christ's baptism and today known as Qasr al-Yahud, numerous churches and monasteries of different religions sit vacant and silenced due to the dangerous landmines that lie beneath them.

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A woman religious is seen with TV crew at St. Paul Church in Luanda, Angola, in this 2009 file photo. (CNS photo/Ciro Fusco, EPA)

Laziness, vices prevent seeds of Gospel from taking root, pope says

God proposes -- not imposes -- his Gospel and offer of salvation, putting the responsibility of being open to and moved by his message on the listener, Pope Francis said.

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People sit at an outdoor chapel on the property of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in Columbia, Pa,. in early July. The chapel was built by Lancaster Against Pipelines in cooperation with the congregation as a symbol to block the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline, which opponents say would desecrate God's creation. (CNS photo/Mark Clatterbuck, courtesy Lancaster Against Pipeline)

Religious order welcomes gas pipeline opponents to pray at new ‘chapel’

As chapels go, the simple structure on property owned by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ congregation in Columbia, Pennsylvania, is not much.

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Venerable Sagarananda Tien and Father James Gardiner, a Franciscan Friar of the Atonement, walk with children from the U.S. Zen Institute summer camp July 12 to the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington. The Buddhist children spent the afternoon learning about Christianity, St. Francis and the Franciscans as way to understand other traditions and cultures, said Tien. (CNS photo/Rhina Guidos)

Holy Land Franciscans build interreligious bridges with Buddhist camp

Some of the children seemed fascinated with the life-size scene of Jesus on the cross. Some of the youngest wondered what was happening, why did people look so sad, they asked looking at the scene of Calvary. 

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Pope Francis blesses a sick child as he leads a special audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Dec. 15 for patients and workers of Rome's Bambino Gesu children's hospital. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters)

Former Vatican hospital officials indicted for illegal use of funds

Vatican magistrates have formally indicted two former officers of the Vatican's pediatric hospital on charges of illegally using funds to help finance the remodeling of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone's apartment.

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Protesters show their opposition to supporters of conservative author Anne Coulter and U.S. President Donald Trump at the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park in Berkeley, Calif. Political polarization in America has recently peaked, according to surveys conducted by Pew Research Center and Gallup, among others. (CNS photo/John G. Mabanglo, EPA)

Amid polarization, nation urged to reclaim civility through dialogue

Political polarization in America has recently peaked, according to surveys conducted by Pew Research Center and Gallup, among others.

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The 12th National Black Catholic Congress in Orlando, Fla., closes with a Mass July 9. (CNS/courtesy Nancy Jo Davis, National Black Catholic Congress)

Black Catholic Congress Held in Orlando

The theme of the 12th National Black Catholic Congress July 6-9 in Orlando focused on a passage by Micah, known as the prophet of social justice, whose warnings and criticism of political corruption and urging of caring for the poor still ring true 2,700 years later.

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The campus of The Catholic University of America is seen from the bell tower of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Several violent incidents involving controversial speakers at universities this year prompted the Senate Judiciary Committee to have a hearing in June on free speech on college campuses. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

Campuses cannot be ‘echo chambers’ for one viewpoint, say observers

In the wake of several violent incidents involving controversial speakers at universities this year, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing June 20 on free speech on college campuses.

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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is seen in Alexandria, Va., June 14. (CNS photo/Michael Reynolds, EPA)

Virginia carries out execution despite pleas inmate was mentally ill

Virginia officials executed a man convicted of killing a hospital security guard and a sheriff's deputy despite the pleas of advocates who said the crimes resulted from severe mental illness.

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A painting of the "Discovery of the Mississippi" is seen at the U.S. Capitol in Washington July 6. The artwork depicts Hernando de Soto, a Spanish explorer, standing at the Mississippi River with priests, praying and placing a crucifix in the ground. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

Images of faith preserved at Capitol attest to role of religion in U.S.

Elaborate artwork adorns the monumental buildings in the nation's capital, depicting the beauty and grandeur of the neoclassical era that inspired these buildings.

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