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Students at Archbishop McNicholas High School in Cincinnati made these crosses as part of the school's

Some Catholic schools focus on prayer, dialogue during April walkout

Some Catholic schools across the country treated the National School Walkout April 20 -- commemorating the 19th anniversary of the school shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado -- much like how they responded to the March 14 walkout marking one month since the Parkland, Florida, school shooting: with prayer and dialogue on school grounds.

Cardinal Gregorio Rosa Chavez and Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar Alas, both of El Salvador, and Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski participate in a discussion about El Salvador's root causes of poverty, violence and migration at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington April 13. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

A painful history strengthens bond of church in the U.S. and El Salvador

In the halls of Congress, they stood side by side, a prominent archbishop from the U.S. with a delegation of four high-ranking Salvadoran prelates in tow, including the first cardinal in the country's history. 

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The Peace House, the venue for the summit between the Koreas, is pictured April 18 at the truce village of Panmunjom inside the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea. Leaders of both Koreas will meet April 27 for a historic summit just inside South Korean territory. (CNS photo/Kim Hong-Ji, Reuters)

South Korean bishop hopes North-South summit brings results

Bishop Peter Lee Ki-heon of Uijeongbu has been waiting years for this moment, with the leaders of the two divided Koreas poised to meet for a historic summit just inside South Korean territory April 27.

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Sergio Guidi, president of the Italian tree conservation association, "Patriarchi della Natura," presents a potted tree to Pope Francis at his general audience April 18. The association presented eight saplings from tree species that are threatened or endangered with extinction. The saplings were planted in the Vatican Gardens. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

Be fruitful and multiply: Threatened trees planted in Vatican Gardens

The Vatican Gardens has branched out and added a small orchard to its hillsides, becoming a safe haven for a number of endangered native Italian fruit and nut tree species.

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Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board examine damage to the engine of a Southwest Airlines plane in Philadelphia April 17. Flight 1380 took off that morning from LaGuardia in New York, bound for Dallas, when the engine broke apart in midair and burst through a window, sucking passenger Jennifer Riordan partially out. She later died from her injuries. Riordan was a parishioner at Annunciation Catholic Church in Albuquerque, N.M., the Archdiocese of Santa Fe said in a statement. (CNS photo/NTSB handout via Reuters)

Mother killed on Southwest flight was firm believer in Catholic schools

Tributes from business leaders and politicians alike described Jennifer Riordan -- the 43-year-old passenger who died April 17 from injuries suffered on Southwest Flight 1380 when its engine exploded -- as a devoted mother, community leader, mentor and volunteer.

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Former first lady Barbara Bush, the wife of one U.S. president and the mother of another, died April 17 at age 92 at her home in Houston. She is pictured in a 2006 photo. (CNS photo/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters)

A great lady who was the first lady

Following the April 17 death of Barbara Bush, we are offering a bonus guest commentary about the former first lady written by Richard Szczepanowski, a reporter for the Catholic Standard, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Washington.

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Pope Francis baptizes an infant Jan. 7 in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel. Continuing his series of Easter-season talks on baptism, the pope said that a person's name, asked during the welcoming rite of the sacrament, "takes us out of anonymity" and is the first step in a person's journey as a Christian. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

Name given at baptism gives sense of identity, belonging, pope says

Naming a child is an important task for parents, because it gives children a sense of identity and belonging to their family and to God, Pope Francis said.

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Archbishop Leonard P. Blair of Hartford, Conn., concelebrates a Mass for persecuted Christians in the Middle East April 15 at St. Mary Church in New Haven. At left is Iraqi-born Bishop Bawai Soro of the Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of Mar Addai of Toronto. The Mass was sponsored by the Archdiocese of Hartford and the Knights of Columbus. (CNS photo/Aaron Joseph, for The Catholic Transcript)

Hartford archbishop says special Mass dedicated to Mideast Christians

As a sign of solidarity with religious minorities who have been victims of Islamic State-led genocide, Archbishop Leonard P. Blair of Hartford celebrated a special Mass for persecuted Middle Eastern Christians April 15 at St. Mary Church.

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Sister Patricia Fox, superior of the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion in the Philippines, speaks to the media after her April 17 release from the Bureau of Immigration headquarters in Manila. Philippine authorities arrested the 71-year-old Australian nun for allegedly engaging in illegal political activities. (CNS photo/Romeo Ranoco, Reuters)

Philippines to deport Australian nun, 71, who advocated for farmers

Philippine authorities have arrested, detained and intend to deport a 71-year-old Australian nun for allegedly engaging in illegal political activities.

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New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan holds 1-year-old Jamal Ahdin Titi of Homs, Syria, as a woman religious smiles April 16 at the St. Anthony Dispensary in Beirut. Smiling in the center is the boy's father, Mustapha Titi. Cardinal Dolan was part of a delegation from Catholic Near East Welfare Association visiting Beirut. (CNS photo/Alexandra Talty)

CNEWA trustees meet Lebanese, refugees who benefit from their projects

A North American delegation negotiated the steep incline to a clinic draped over the roadway, like an olive tree from a limestone bluff.

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