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A boy carries the cross out of the sanctuary at the end of Catholic Mass in Lethem, Guyana. (CNS Photo/Paul Jeffrey)See VATICAN-LETTER-AMAZON-SPIRITUALITY and SYNOD-AMAZON-BARRETO July 18, 2019.

Synod emphasizes church’s mission to defend the vulnerable, cardinal says

The objective of the upcoming Synod of Bishops for the Amazon is to highlight the need for religious, political and social leaders to come together and defend the dignity of indigenous men, women and children and an ecosystem that is crucial to the environment, said Peruvian Cardinal Pedro Barreto Jimeno of Huancayo.

A woman in Caracas, Venezuela, waves the national flag during a political event July 13, 2019. Praying that Catholics would understand and act on "the inseparable bond" between love of God and love of neighbor, Pope Francis again appealed for a solution to the crisis in Venezuela after reciting the Angelus prayer in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican July 14. (CNS photo/Carlos Garcia Rawlins, Reuters) See POPE-ANGELUS-VENEZUELA-SAMARITAN July 15, 2019.

Love of God, love of neighbor are tied together, pope says

Praying that Catholics would understand and act on "the inseparable bond" between love of God and love of neighbor, Pope Francis again appealed for a solution to the crisis in Venezuela.

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Jesuit Brother Bob Macke and Jesuit Father Gabriele Gionti, an astronomer, prepare to give journalists a tour of the Vatican Observatory at the papal villa at Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Sept. 28, 2018. Brother Macke said that by studying the universe, "we can better appreciate the God who created it." (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See VATICAN-OBSERVATORY-MACKE July 17, 2019.

Being curator of meteorites allows Jesuit to ‘find God’ in all things

At the Vatican Observatory in Castel Gandolfo near Rome, Jesuit Brother Robert Macke finds his work as the curator of meteorites for the Vatican Observatory allows him to, as the Jesuit saying goes, "find God in all things."

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Environmental activists march through London July 13, 2019. Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, said July 15 that the intensified demand for climate action by young people is a sign of hope during the planetary ecological crisis. (CNS photo/Henry Nicholls, Reuters) See LAUDATO-SI-YOUNG-PEOPLE July 16, 2019.

Young people’s activism is sign of hope for Earth, says Cardinal Turkson

Young people's intensified demand for climate action is a sign of hope during the planet's ecological crisis, said Cardinal Peter Turkson, head of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

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In this 2014 ICE handout photo, federal agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Dallas detain a suspected gang member. (CNS photo/ICE, Charles Reed via Reuters) See ICE-DEPORTATIONS-REACT July 15, 2019.

Faith leaders decry ICE deportations, say action causes anxiety, fear

Many Catholic and other faith leaders noted that the Gospel reading for July 14 -- the day U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was to carry out deportation orders for some immigrants -- was the parable of the good Samaritan from the Gospel of St. Luke.

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Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, papal vicar for the Diocese of Rome, greets guests during a reception after a consistory at the Vatican in this June 28, 2018, file photo. Cardinal De Donatis has asked every pastor in the Diocese of Rome to form a team for neighborhood missionary outreach. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See ROME-PARISH-TEAMS July 12, 2019.

Not the usual suspects: Cardinal wants parish teams of risk-takers

The papal vicar for Rome has asked every pastor in the diocese to form a "pastoral team" of about a dozen "courageous explorers" to help launch a new neighborhood missionary outreach.

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Kurt Kondrich, center, a speaker at the National Right to Life Convention, is pictured with his wife, Margie, and their children, Nolan and Chloe, July 6, 2019. During the closing speeches, convention attendees were moved to tears by the words of Kondrich, whose daughter Chloe, 16, has Down syndrome. (CNS photo/Douglas Deas, The Catholic Miscellany) See NRLC-KONDRICH-ACTIVIST July 12, 2019.

‘Dad-vocate’ for Down syndrome children offers powerful pro-life example

While most of the country was winding down from its Independence Day festivities, another type of celebration was underway at the National Right to Life Convention July 5-6 in Charleston.

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Congressional Democrats stand outside the U.S. Capitol July 9, 2019, showing the faces of Americans they claim "would be hurt if the Trump administration and Republicans succeed in their effort to strike down the Affordable Care Act." As a U.S. federal appeals court considers the constitutionality of the ACA, the Catholic Health Association declared its support for the law and said access to health care is a basic human right. (CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters) See CHA-ACA-APPEALS-COURT July 11, 2019.

Appeals court to uphold ACA; health care a basic human right, says CHA

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The sun sets behind the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in the Arabian Sea June 3, 2019. Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services called on President Donald Trump's administration to seek a diplomatic solution to defuse rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran in a June 18 letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. (CNS photo/Jeff Sherman, U.S. Navy handout via Reuters) See IRAN-TENSIONS-DIALOGUE June 19, 2019.

U.S. bishop among nearly 200 faith leaders speaking against war in Iran

Two Catholic bishops are among nearly 200 faith leaders calling on President Donald Trump's administration to pursue diplomacy to resolve conflicts with Iran.

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Catholic Charities West Virginia's Center for Community Learning and Advancement office is seen in downtown Huntington, W.Va., June 27, 2019. Many people suffering from opioid addiction have been referred to the center. (CNS photo/Colleen Rowan, The Catholic Spirit) See WEST-VIRGINIA-OPIOID-CRISIS July 8, 2019.

Opioid crisis reaches all corners of West Virginia, leaving few untouched

West Virginia leads the nation in drug overdose death rates. With an average of 57.8 deaths per 100,000 residents, the state's drug fatality rate was nearly three times higher than the national average of 21.7 deaths.

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