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The death chamber table is seen in 2010 at the state penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Pope Francis' recent statement that the death penalty is incompatible with the Gospel is viewed by some as a development of doctrine and by others as a departure from church teaching. (CNS photo/courtesy Jenevieve Robbins, Texas Department of Criminal Justice handout via Reuters) See VATICAN-LETTER-DEATH-PENALTY Oct. 19, 2017.

Pope’s pro-life challenge: Respect all life, oppose death penalty

Pope Francis' recent statement that the death penalty is incompatible with the Gospel focused less on a government's role in protecting its people and more on the need to defend the sacredness and dignity of every human life.

A woman holds a sign showing her support for Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, during a rally near the U.S. Capitol in Washington Sept. 26. Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas, chairman of the U.S. bishops' migration committee, told the U.S. government Oct. 17 that current TPS recipients from El Salvador and Honduras "cannot return to safely to their home country at this time" and urged their TPS status be extended. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn) See story to come.

Bishops’ migration chairman asks for extension of immigration status

The head of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Migration said some migrants from Honduras and El Salvador cannot safely return to their home countries in the near future and should have a special immigration permit extended.

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Faith brings hope even at moment of death, pope says

Christians can find hope even at the hour of death, which faith teaches is not a closed door but a wide-open passage to a new life with Christ, Pope Francis said.

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Callista Gingrich is pictured during a U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing in Washington July 18 after being nominated by President Donald Trump to be the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. The U.S. Senate late Oct. 16 voted to confirm Gingrich, wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. (CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters) See SENATE-GINGRICH-CONFIRMED Oct. 17, 2017.

Senate confirms Callista Gingrich as U.S. ambassador to the Holy See

The Senate confirmed Callista Gingrich as the new U.S. ambassador to the Holy See.

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A man stands in front of graves in Vienna Nov. 1. During a Nov. 4 Mass at the Vatican, Pope Francis urged people to remember cardinals and bishops who died this year. (CNS photo/Christian Bruna, EPA) See POPE-MASS-DECEASED Nov. 4, 2016.

Neglected works of mercy: burying, praying for forgotten dead

When a friend's beloved dog died, Adrian Cruz dug a grave, prepared a box, cleaned the dog and helped bury the animal in a way that helped his grieving friend mourn the loss of her pet.

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Pope Francis speaks during a visit to the Rome headquarters of the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization Oct. 16.(CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-FAO-HUNGER-MIGRATION Oct. 16, 2017.

To fight hunger and forced migration, end war, arms trade, pope says

It makes no sense to lament the problems of hunger and forced migration if one is unwilling to address their root causes, which are conflict and climate change, Pope Francis said.

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movies and television

Blade Runner 2049

Misogyny hangs over "Blade Runner 2049" (Warner Bros.) as blithely as the thick yellow fog of the post-apocalyptic Los Angeles it portrays.

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Worshippers pray in Tehran, Iran, Oct. 13. More than 750 Catholics called on President Donald Trump and Congress to seek diplomatic solutions to defuse rising tensions between the United States and North Korea and to assure that the U.S. remains a party to the Iran nuclear deal. (CNS photo/Abedin Taherkenareh, EPA) See LEADERS-NUCLEAR-DIALOGUE Oct. 13, 2017.

Catholics say diplomacy with North Korea, Iran needed to keep peace

More than 750 Catholics called on President Donald Trump and Congress to seek diplomatic solutions to defuse rising tensions between the United States and North Korea and to assure that the U.S. remains a party to the Iran nuclear deal.

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San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone blesses a statue of Our Lady of Fatima during the consecration rite in St. Mary's Cathedral. In his homily he called for praying the rosary and for penance and eucharistic adoration. (CNS photo/Debra Greenblat, Catholic San Francisco)

Mary’s heart ‘gate of heaven,’ San Francisco archbishop tells Massgoers

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone consecrated the Archdiocese of San Francisco to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Oct. 7, telling thousands of pilgrims packed shoulder-to-shoulder in St. Mary's Cathedral that "her heart is the gate of heaven."

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Demonstrators attend a rally calling for the passage of a clean Dream Act with no conditions included near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Sept. 26. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)v

Advocates find there’s little to like in White House immigration plan

There's little, if anything, that immigrant advocates like in the Trump administration's latest immigration plan.

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