Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, retired archbishop of Prague, Czech Republic, died March 18 at the age of 84. Cardinal Vlk worked as a window cleaner while secretly carrying out his priestly ministry during the communist era. He is pictured arriving for a general congregation meeting prior to the election of a new pope at the Vatican in this March 7, 2013, file photo. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Czech Cardinal Vlk, former window-washer, clandestine priest, dies

Czech Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, who washed windows and ministered underground during communism, died of cancer March 18 in Prague at the age of 84.

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Catholic News Service

Pope Francis kneels before a priest to confess during a Lenten prayer service in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican March 17. (CNS photo/Andrew Medichini, Reuters pool)

Make confession more available, God’s heart is always open, pope says

Hear confession every time someone asks, Pope Francis said, and don't ever put limited hours on the sacrament of reconciliation.

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Pope Francis leads a Lenten penance service in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican March 17. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope presides over Lenten penance service at Vatican

A few hours after urging priests to be generously available for the sacrament of penance, Pope Francis went to confession, then offered the sacrament to seven Catholics.

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Kashmiri Pandit migrants hold placards and shout slogans as they protest in 2016 at the migrant relief commissioner office in Jammu, India. The Indian bishops' labor office has created an online system to register migrant workers, promote safe migration and help them in emergencies, reported ucanews.com. (CNS photo/Jaipal Singh, EPA)

Indian bishops set up online system to register migrants

The Indian bishops' labor office has created an online system to register migrant workers, promote safe migration and help them in emergencies, reported ucanews.com.

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Catholic News Service

Maria Escalona Devia, who works at Centro Vida Nueva, a local church-run health center in Santiago, Chile, poses for a photo March 10 at the center. (CNS photo/Jane Chambers)

In notorious Santiago community, church works to give people options

The residents of La Legua, Santiago's most notorious community, are never sure when the gunfights will begin.

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Native Americans lead a prayer for clean and safe air, water and land as well as the protection of their people Nov. 5 at Columbus Circle in New York City during a protest against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Organizers said the march was dedicated to the Standing Rock Sioux Nation in North Dakota as an act of solidarity against what tribe leaders see as invasion on indigenous people's sovereign land. (CNS photo/Isabelle Baldwin)

15,000 Catholics ask Trump to honor Paris climate agreement

Thousands of Catholics asked President Donald Trump to honor the Paris climate agreement, continue U.S. contributions to the Green Climate Fund and implement the Clean Power Plan governing power plant emissions.

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Volunteers with Catholic Charities' St. Maria's meals program in Washington serve dinner March 8 to the homeless. (CNS photo/Chaz Muth)

Lent provides opportunity for Catholics to focus attention on homeless

Almsgiving is a Lenten tradition and Washington resident Ron Van Bellen says his volunteer work feeding the homeless honors his Catholic faith as he prepares for Easter.

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Amir Hussain, author of "Muslims and the Making of America," is pictured in an undated portrait. "There's never been an America without Muslims," said Hussain, quoting from the first line of his book during a March 14 program at the National Press Club in Washington. (CNS illustration/courtesy Baylor University Press)

Author maintains that Muslims have influenced America for centuries

Amir Hussain wants Americans to know that Muslims have always been a part of the history of the United States, starting long before the country gained its independence from Great Britain.

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Huron-Wendat guide Simon Perusse explains how his nation prepared food during a March 10 meeting with members of the Canadian Religious Conference in Wendake, Quebec. (CNS photo/ Philippe Vaillancourt, Presence)

Canadian religious travel to meet members of First Nations

Inside the traditional Huron longhouse, faint glimmerings cast light on the attendees' faces. Standing on a stool, Simon Perusse, dressed in his traditional costume, told of the lifestyle and values of the Huron-Wendat Nation.

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Candle decorator Terry Cremeans brushes wax shavings and excess glue off of a paschal candle March 10 at the A.I. Root Co. in Medina, Ohio. The candles are made to order and shipped to churches across the United States. (CNS photo/Katie Breidenbach)

Ohio company’s candles helping church celebrate Easter for generations

Dozens of little wax flowers lay on the table in front of her. With a gentle grip, Judy Hamrick picks up each one and covers the back in glue.

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