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Gertrudejane Holliday Stone, a parishioner of St. Mary of the Purification Catholic Church, is seen here meeting with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., alongside her husband, Dr. John Stone, during a Houston visit in the 1960s. In 1955, Getrudejane Holliday Stone challenged authorities on a train bound for Houston who demanded she change her seat because of her skin color. (CNS photo/courtesy of Gertrudejane Holliday Stone) See BLACK-HISTORY-STONE Feb. 27, 2020.

Houston Catholic recalls standing her ground on train by staying seated

Gertrudejane Holliday Stone, a parishioner at St. Mary of the Purification Church in Houston, was a Freedom Rider even before the term was coined.

Elisabeth Moss and Oliver Jackson-Cohen star in a scene from the movie "The Invisible Man." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. (CNS photo/Universal ) See MOVIE-REVIEW-INVISIBLE-MAN Feb. 27, 2020.

The Invisible Man

A fervent performance from Elisabeth Moss drives writer-director Leigh Whannell's remarkably absorbing monster movie "The Invisible Man" (Universal).

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Archbishop Patrick C. Pinder of Nassau, Bahamas, and Sean O'Neill, head of office for Caritas in Grand Bahama, front, leave a damaged home after discussing project details of a Caritas home rehab and plans for a resiliency center near Freeport Feb. 19, 2020. The location was one of several visited by a delegation of Archdiocese of Miami Catholic Charities senior staff during a Feb. 19-21 trip to see rebuilding projects underway since Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas in September 2019. (CNS photo/Tom Tracy) See CARITAS-ARCHDIOCESE-REHAB-HOMES Feb. 27, 2020.

Post-hurricane partnership is rejuvenating homes, communities in Bahamas

In response to the most damaging storm in the modern history of the Bahamas, a regional office of Caritas International has moved forward in its two-year commitment to promote housing refurbishment and mental wellness in the islands.

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Pope Francis places ashes on the head of a cardinal during Ash Wednesday Mass at Santa Sabina Basilica in Rome Feb. 26, 2019. (CNS photo/Remo Casilli, Reuters) See POPE-ASH-WEDNESDAY Feb. 26, 2020.

Pope: Lent is a time to reflect on God’s love, not ‘useless sermons’

Ashes not only symbolize humanity's frail mortality but are also a reminder of God's infinite love of people, whom he created from dust, Pope Francis said.

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Pope Francis gestures as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Feb. 26, 2020. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-AUDIENCE-DESERT Feb. 26, 2020.

Shut off cellphone, open Bible for Lent, pope tells faithful

Lent is a time to remove all distractions and bitterness from one's life in order to better hear God and those who suffer silently and need help, Pope Francis said.

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Jean Vanier, founder of the L'Arche communities, is pictured in a Feb. 17, 2015, photo. Vanier, a Canadian Catholic figure whose charity work helped improve conditions for the developmentally disabled in multiple countries over the past half century, died May 7 at age 90. (CNS photo/courtesy Jean Vanier Association) See OBIT-VANIER and VANIER-REACT May 7, 2019.

University of Notre Dame revokes awards given to L’Arche founder Vanier

The University of Notre Dame Feb. 23 revoked the Notre Dame Award that was conferred upon Jean Vanier in 1994 after the L'Arche organization he established found credible allegations that Vanier sexually exploited six women.

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Pope Francis celebrates morning Mass in the chapel of his residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae, at the Vatican Feb. 25, 2020. (CNS photo/Vatican Media) See POPE-MASS-TITLES Feb. 25, 2020.

Pope: Christians with humility, not grand titles, are the greatest ones

The most important members of the Catholic Church are not the ones who hold lofty titles and high positions but rather those who humbly serve others, Pope Francis said.

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Sharonell Fulton, a foster parent in Philadelphia, is pictured with a young woman and child in a May 23, 2018, photo. The U.S. Supreme Court announced Feb. 24, 2020, that in its next term it will examine if the city of Philadelphia can exclude a Catholic social services agency from the city's foster care program because the agency will not accept same-sex couples as foster parents. The case is Fulton v. Philadelphia. (CNS photo/courtesy Becket Religious Liberty for All) See SCOTUS-FOSTER-CARE Feb. 24, 2020.

High court to examine religious liberty, foster care by same-sex couples

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Feb. 24 that in its next term it will examine if the city of Philadelphia can exclude a Catholic social services agency from the city's foster care program because the agency will not accept same-sex couples as foster parents.

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Women raise their hands as they protest against gender violence and femicide in Puebla, Mexico, Feb. 22, 2020. Mexico's bishops voiced outrage over a spate of shocking slayings of women and girls. (CNS photo/Imelda Medina, Reuters) See MEXICO-FEMICIDE-BISHOPS Feb. 24, 2020.

Mexican bishops call for action, boosting families as femicide increases

Mexico's bishops called for action after a spate of slayings of women and girls—crimes known as femicide—that have provoked anger and protests, but also highlighted the country's machismo culture and deep-seated problems such as impunity.

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Jean Vanier, founder of the L'Arche communities, is pictured in a March 11, 2015, photo. Vanier, a Canadian Catholic figure whose charity work helped improve conditions for the developmentally disabled in multiple countries over the past half century, died May 7 at age 90. (CNS photo/courtesy Jean Vanier Association) See OBIT-VANIER and VANIER-REACT May 7, 2019..

Jean Vanier had ‘manipulative’ sexual relationships with six women

Jean Vanier, founder of the ecumenical L'Arche communities that provide group homes and spiritual support for people with intellectual disabilities, used his status to have "manipulative" sexual relationships with at least six women, concludes an internal investigation commissioned by the organization.

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