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U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehend and search two people in 2013 who were suspected of entering the U.S. illegally by crossing the Rio Grande River near McAllen, Texas. In a joint statement, Catholic bishops whose dioceses are along the U.S.-Mexico border called for respecting people's dignity regardless of

Border bishops call for dignity regardless of ‘migration condition’

In a joint statement, Catholic bishops whose dioceses are along the U.S.-Mexico border spoke of the "pain, the fear, and the anguish" they're seeing in immigrants and vowed to follow the example of the pope in building "bridges, rather than the walls of exclusion and exploitation."

People participate in a Feb. 11 protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's immigration policy and the recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids in New York City. (CNS photo/Stephanie Keith, Reuters).

Unusual detentions, raids raise questions as Trump announces ‘crackdown’

People had been on edge for a while. You could feel the tension rise in immigrant neighborhoods in the U.S. as news of the first immigration raids under the Trump administration began in early February.

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Pope Francis waves as he greet athletes and assistants Feb. 16 preparing for the Special Olympics World Winter Games. During the meeting at the Vatican, the pope said the Special Olympics demonstrate that "every life is precious, every person is a gift." (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout).

Special Olympians show world that ‘every person is a gift,’ pope says

The athletes of the Special Olympics witness to the world the beauty and value of every human life and the joy that comes from reaching a goal with the encouragement and support of others, Pope Francis said.

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Members of the Sharif family share tea at their home in Chicago Feb. 4. They made their way to the United States from Pakistan 20 months ago after being targeted and threatened by a Muslim extremist group. (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Chicago Catholic).

Refugee family now in Chicago shares experiences of fleeing persecution

The Sharifs were living contentedly in Pakistan when life turned into a nightmare in 2012. An al Qaida-related group called BLA targeted Amir Sharif, a Catholic and a well-known professor at a university in Quetta. He was told to embrace Islam or leave the country.

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Members of the "Crusaders for Life" pro-life youth group rally Feb. 11 against Planned Parenthood in Aurora, Ill. It was one of many nationwide rallies calling on Congress to end federal funding of Planned Parenthood. (CNS photo/courtesy Sam Scheidler).

Rallies held nationwide call on Congress to defund Planned Parenthood

The organizers of rallies held across the country Feb. 11 to call for defunding Planned Parenthood said their message to Congress is to redirect taxpayer's money to facilities that "do a better job meeting the real health care needs of women and families without specializing in abortion."

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Pope Francis speaks during a meeting with participants in the Indigenous Peoples' Forum of the International Fund for Agricultural Development Feb. 15 at the Vatican. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout).

Consult, respect indigenous peoples and their land, pope says

Development projects involving indigenous communities must be planned in consultation with them and must respect their traditional relationship to the land, Pope Francis said.

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A statue of Mary is carried through the crowd May 13 at the Marian shrine of Fatima in central Portugal. Thousands of pilgrims arrived at the shrine to attend the 99th anniversary of the first apparition of Mary to three shepherd children. (CNS photo/Paulo Cunha, EPA)

Diocesan phase of Fatima visionary’s sainthood cause completed

The Diocese of Coimbra concluded its phase of the sainthood cause of Carmelite Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the three children who saw Our Lady of Fatima in 1917.

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A statue of Mary is seen outside St. James Church in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, in this Feb. 26, 2011, file photo. Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Henryk Hoser of Warsaw-Praga, Poland, as his special envoy to Medjugorje, the site of alleged Marian apparitions. A Vatican statement said his role would be to study the pastoral situation in Medjugorje. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-MEDJURORGE-PASTORAL Feb. 13, 2017.

Pope names envoy to study pastoral care of faithful in Medjugorje

Without commenting on the authenticity of alleged Marian apparitions in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Pope Francis has appointed a Polish archbishop to study the pastoral needs of the townspeople and the thousands of pilgrims who flock to the town each year.

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Pope Francis leads the 18th meeting of his Council of Cardinals at the Vatican Feb. 13. Seated to the left of the pope are: Bishop Marcello Semeraro of Albano, Italy, secretary of the council; Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, coordinator of the council; Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, India; Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa, retired archbishop of Santiago, Chile; Cardinal George Pell, head of the Secretariat for the Economy. Seated at right are: Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state; Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, Germany; Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston; Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Kinshasa, Congo; Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, president of the commission governing Vatican City State. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout) See CARDINALS-POPE-SUPPORT Feb. 13, 2017.

Council of Cardinals publicly expresses support of pope

After a handful of public challenges to Pope Francis' teaching and authority, the members of the pope's international Council of Cardinals began their February meeting expressing their "full support" for his work.

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The damaged entrance of St. Mary's Church is seen in 2016 in Damascus, Syria. Christians and all people in the Middle East need the solidarity of the U.S. Catholic Church, said the chairmen of three committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the head of the Catholic Relief Services board. (CNS photo/Mohammed Badra, EPA) See USCCB-SOLIDARITY-MIDDLE-EAST Feb. 10, 2017.

US bishops call for solidarity with Middle East victims of violence

Christians and all people in the Middle East need the solidarity of the U.S. Catholic Church, said the chairmen of three committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the head of the Catholic Relief Services board.

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