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Sister Marie-Paule Willem, a Franciscan of Missionary of Mary, poses for a photo Aug. 27 in Dona Ana, N.M. She was awarded the 2018-2019 Lumen Christi Award by Catholic Extension for her missionary work in the United States. (CNS photo/Rich Kalonick courtesy Catholic Extension) See LUMEN-CHRISTI-WILLEM Nov. 19, 2018.

Lumen Christi Award winner has spent life as a religious serving poor

Sister Marie-Paule Willem, a Franciscan Missionary of Mary, who has been serving the poor in the U.S. and around the world for more than 60 years, will receive the 2018-2019 Lumen Christi Award from Catholic Extension.

Mary Woodward, diocesan chancellor in Jackson, Miss., displays the edict for the canonization cause of Sister Thea Bowman Nov. 18 at Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle. Jackson Bishop Joseph R. Kopacz, at left, read the edict at the start of the Mass. (CNS photo/Maureen Smith, Mississippi Catholic)

Reading of edict at Mass opens canonization cause for Sister Thea Bowman

Bishop Joseph R. Kopacz of Jackson read the edict to open the sainthood cause for Sister Thea Bowman at Mass Nov. 18 at the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle in downtown Jackson.

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U.S. President Donald Trump awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach Nov. 16 in the White House. Staubach and the late Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, both Catholics, were among this year's honorees. (CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters)

Scalia, Staubach among seven who receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Late Associate Justice Antonin Scalia and former NFL quarterback Roger Staubach, both devout Catholics, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in a White House ceremony.

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Homes in Paradise, Calif., are seen Nov. 11 after being destroyed by the Camp Fire blaze. (CNS photo/Stephen Lam, Reuters)

California prelates urge prayers, humanitarian aid for victims of fires

By midday Nov. 16 firefighters had gained more ground in trying to contain the Camp Fire in Northern California, which is north of Sacramento and one of the deadliest blazes in the state.

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Bishops discuss a resolution to encourage the Vatican to release all documents related to the investigation of allegations of misconduct by Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick Nov. 14 at the fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

Bishops see much they can do despite no vote on steps to address abuse

The U.S. bishops arriving in Baltimore expected to make a statement with a series of steps meant to address a new clerical sexual abuse scandal in the church, among them a collection of standards of episcopal accountability, the creation of a lay-dominated commission to investigate allegations of bishop misconduct and a third-party reporting system to field such complaints.

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A car is seen in the parking lot at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington Nov. 14 . (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

Faith groups could be taxed on transit, parking benefits for employees

Leaders of a diverse group of faiths, including the Catholic Church, and the heads of religious nonprofit organizations are urging Congress to repeal a change in the Internal Revenue Code that would tax houses of worship and other nonprofits for parking and transit benefits they provide to their employees.

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Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, La., speaks Nov. 13 at the fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. Looking on is Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

Update: Bishops overwhelmingly approve pastoral against racism

The U.S. bishops overwhelmingly approved a pastoral letter against racism Nov. 14 during their fall general meeting at Baltimore.

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Pope Francis embraces a child as he arrives to lead the weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Nov. 14. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters)

Where there are lies, there can be no love, pope says

Lying or being inauthentic is seriously wrong because it hinders or harms human relationships, Pope Francis said.

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August Bueltel of St. John the Baptist in Savage, Minn., makes rosary beads Oct. 30 from his basement. (CNS photo/Dave Hrbacek, The Catholic Spirit)

Rosary maker grows own beads; ‘too few people pray in world,’ he says

For most of his life, August Bueltel of Savage rarely held a rosary.

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Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, center, is seen Nov. 12 during the first day of the fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. Also pictured are Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice president of the USCCB, and Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield, general secretary. (CNS photo/Kevin J. Parks, Catholic Review)

Catholic women urge bishops to work together and with laity for healing

The U.S. bishops, who gathered for a time of prayer at the start of their annual fall meeting in Baltimore, were urged by Catholic women church leaders Nov. 12 to be courageous and work with each other and the laity to move forward from this moment when the church is reeling from abuse allegations.

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