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Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie and D'arcy Carden star in a scene from the movie

Bombshell

Ripped from the headlines, as the saying goes, "Bombshell" (Lionsgate) dramatizes the real-life story of the sexual harassment scandal that swamped the Fox News organization.

The bell tower of Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Franklin Lakes, N.J., is seen standing Dec. 12, 2019, after a fire destroyed the rest of the church the previous morning. One person suspected of arson is in custody, officials said. The structure was gutted by the flames, and as the news spread through the small town, neighbors, some of whom have been a part of the congregation for decades, flocked to the scene. (CNS photo/Octavio Duran)

Fire destroys New Jersey church; suspected arsonist arrested

After a fire destroyed Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Franklin Lakes in the early hours of Dec. 11, the suspected arsonist was arrested. He was receiving burn treatment at a local hospital prior to his court hearing.

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Pope Francis greets a newly married couple during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Dec. 11, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-AUDIENCE-MARTYRS Dec. 11, 2019.

Martyrdom comes from following Christ without compromise, pope says

There always will be martyrs among Christians in the world, Pope Francis said.

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The U.S. Supreme Court is seen in Washington Dec. 3. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn) See SCOTUS-DECLINE-DEFUNDING Dec. 11, 2018.

In 2019, high court’s docket runs gamut of high-profile issues

2019 was a busy year for the U.S. Supreme Court.In its new term, which began in October, the justices examined the status of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation, gun ownership restrictions and, as it does most terms, the death penalty.

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People take part in a candlelit vigil outside the Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville during a scheduled execution Dec. 16, 2016. Catholic advocates applauded the Supreme Court for a ruling late Dec. 6, 2019, that leaves in place a preliminary injunction stopping the Trump administration's bid to resume federal executions. (CNS photo/James Ramos, Texas Catholic Herald)

Supreme Court leaves temporary stop on federal executions in place

The U.S. Supreme Court has left in place a preliminary injunction prohibiting the Trump administration from carrying out the first federal executions in 16 years.

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An attendee eats breakfast during the 2018 National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington. Advocates for poor people decried a new federal rule tightening work requirements that determine eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Under the changes, taking effect April 1, hundreds of thousands are expected to lose food stamps. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

Advocates for poor expect new SNAP rule will boost hunger nationwide

Catholic advocates for poor people decried a new federal rule that tightens work requirements which determine eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and is expected to force hundreds of thousands to lose food stamps.

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Luke Goodrich, an attorney who represents the Little Sisters of the Poor in their lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over the contraceptive mandate, has written a book, "Free To Believe," about the importance of religious liberty. He is pictured in an undated photo. (CNS photo/Becket - Religious Liberty for All) See BECKET-GOODRICH Dec. 5, 2019.

Religious freedom is a basic human right, says lawyer for Little Sisters

As an attorney with Becket, a religious liberty law firm, Luke Goodrich is proud to be able to make a difference while earning a livelihood. He sees his work as a calling from God.

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The Christmas tree sparkles after a lighting ceremony in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Dec. 5, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-CHRISTMAS-VATICAN Dec. 5, 2019.

Vatican unveils Nativity scene, lights Christmas tree

The Vatican unveiled the Nativity scene and lit the Christmas tree with energy-saving lights in St. Peter's Square during a late afternoon ceremony Dec. 5.

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Pope Francis gestures before speaking about the death penalty at an encounter marking the 25th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church at the Vatican Oct. 11. The death penalty is "contrary to the Gospel" the pope said in his speech. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See VATICAN-LETTER-YEAR-IN-REVIEW Dec. 7, 2017.

Pope demands action for failing fight against climate change

Despite growing recognition of climate change as a legitimate and looming threat, current commitments to mitigate its effects and alter human behavior fall short of those needed to resolve the crisis in time, Pope Francis said.

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Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo gives the homily as he concelebrates Mass with other U.S. bishops from the state of New York at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome Nov. 12, 2019. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Malone and named Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger of Albany, N.Y., as Buffalo's apostolic administrator. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See MALONE-RESIGN Dec. 4, 2019.

Bishop Malone resigns; Albany bishop named apostolic administrator

Buffalo Bishop Richard J. Malone told Catholics Dec. 4 he asked Pope Francis to allow him to retire early so the people of the diocese "will be better served" by a new bishop.

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