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South Sudanese Catholics pray during Mass in 2011 at a church in Juba. Pope Francis has donated about $500,000 dollars to church charities in the violence-afflicted country to show solidarity. (CNS photo/ Mohmaed Messara, EPA)

In lieu of visit, pope makes major donation to South Sudan charities

With a trip to South Sudan postponed indefinitely, Pope Francis is sending close to a half-million dollars to help two church-run hospitals, a teacher training center and farming projects for families as a way to show the people there his solidarity and support.

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A police officer stands in front of messages and tributes June 19 left near where a man died and 10 people were injured after a van was rammed into a crowd of worshippers near a mosque in north London. A 48-year-old man was arrested in the collision with pedestrians outside the Muslim Welfare House, police said. (CNS photo/Kevin Coombs, Reuters)

USCCB leaders decry attack outside London mosque, pray for victims

The U.S. Catholic bishops "unequivocally reject" acts of violence such as the attack outside a London mosque and pleaded with all people "to cease from committing or plotting to commit further acts."

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U.S. President Donald Trump announces his Cuba policy July 16 at the Manuel Artime Theater in Little Havana, a neighborhood of Miami. (CNS photo/Joe Skipper, Reuters).

Catholic church leaders call for dialogue between the U.S. and Cuba

The retired Catholic archbishop of Havana called for dialogue between the United States and Cuba, and said it's the only way in which past and present problems can be solved.

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Pope Francis is seen during the Rome Diocese's annual convention at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome June 19. (CNS photo/Giorgio Onorati,

Pope: Don’t pretend to be teens; help youths see blessings of adulthood

Instead of "pretending to be adolescents," parents must help young people see the blessing of growing into adulthood, Pope Francis told priests, religious, catechists and parish council members from the Diocese of Rome.

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Syrian refugees arrive at a camp in 2016 in Royashed, Jordan. Promised resettlement in the United States, many Syrian refugees are frustrated and angry over President Donald Trump's executive action banning their entry to the U.S. until further notice. (CNS photo/Jamal Nasrallah, EPA)

Pope: End fear, false beliefs about refugees by getting to know them

Getting to know someone who is a refugee can wipe away fears and dismantle distorted ideologies, Pope Francis said.

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A man fishes along the Malecon Boulevard seafront in Havana Sept. 21, 2015. To help young Cubans who could not afford the trip to World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, feel more connected to the international gathering in Europe, the pope sent a video message to Havana. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

Trump in announcement on Cuba policy unclear about changes he’ll make

It was hard to tell what changes were made to U.S. policy toward the island of Cuba from President Donald Trump's June 16 speech in Miami, but what couldn't be missed was the tone he took toward its government.

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A woman stands by a missing person poster June 16 near a London apartment building destroyed in a fire. Church authorities in London confirmed that students from nearby Catholic schools are among the missing from the June 14 fire. (CNS photo/Stefan Wermuth, Reuters)

Church offers counseling to help students cope with trauma of London fire

Church agencies are helping London Catholic school students cope with the trauma of the Grenfell Tower fire, including knowing that some of their fellow students are missing.

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Vatican supports new elections to solve Venezuelan crisis

Negotiations between government and opposition groups in Venezuela, followed by free and fair elections, are needed to put an end to violence and bring relief to the suffering people, a Vatican official said.

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World Youth Day pilgrims cheer as Pope Francis speaks during the welcoming ceremony in 2016 at Blonia Park in Krakow, Poland. The October 2018 Synod of Bishops at the Vatican will focus on young people. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

Vatican releases online questionnaire for youth

To involve young people in preparations for the Synod of Bishops on youth in 2018, the Vatican has released an online questionnaire to better understand the lives, attitudes and concerns of 16- to 29-year-olds around the world.

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