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Amid the darkness, hold fast to light of hope, pope says

Christian hope is not the same as being optimistic about the future, but is knowing that whatever dark or frightening things are going on in one's life, God is there offering protection and light, Pope Francis said.

Shannon Kelly, a protester demonstrating against U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, shakes hands with Trump supporter Ben Kilgore after a long discussion about the billionaire's qualifications at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. Bishops across the country are encouraging people to put aside their differences and work for the common good as Trump prepares for his Jan. 20 inauguration. (CNS photo/Phil Sears, Reuters) See YEAR-END-ELECTION Dec. 7, 2016.

After year’s divisive elections, bishops urge Catholics to build bridges

Bishops across the country are encouraging parishioners to put aside their differences and work for the common good as President-elect Donald J. Trump prepared for his Jan. 20 inauguration.

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Pope Francis waves as he leads his Angelus Dec. 4 from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters) See POPE-HOMILY-ANGELUS-CONVERSION Dec. 5, 2016.

Can’t whitewash sin away; Jesus truly transforms hearts, pope says

Jesus truly transforms and heals hearts when people let him, which means recognizing and being ashamed of one's sins, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass.

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Iraqi refugee Sami Dankha, 51, feeds his son Alin, 1, at his home in Istanbul, Turkey. He lives in Istanbul with his wife and five children; his brothers live in New Zealand, Australia and the Netherlands. (CNS photo/Oscar Durand) See IRAQI-CHRISTIANS-CHRISTMAS Dec. 5, 2016.

Despite distance, Iraqi Christians keep the spirit of Christmas alive

Sami Dankha, his three brothers and their families used to kick off Christmas celebrations by attending a packed Christmas Eve Mass at St. Thomas Church in Baghdad.

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A damaged statue of Mary is seen in a church in Qaraqosh, Iraq, Nov. 25. (CNS photo/Goran Tomasevic, Reuters)

Syriac Catholic patriarch ‘horrified’ after seeing Iraqi ‘ghost towns’

The Syriac Catholic patriarch said he was horrified to see widespread devastation and what he called "ghost towns" during a recent visit to northern Iraq.

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Blake Dubroc, studying for the priesthood for the Diocese of Lafayette, La., plays soccer in New Orleans with a child at the St. Rita Parish picnic Oct. 9. (CNS photo/Peter Finney Jr., Clarion Herald) See SEMINARY-PARISH-PARTNERSHIP Dec. 2, 2016.

Partnership enlivens parish, school, gives seminarians pastoral insights

It was 10:10 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28 -- 20 minutes before the regular 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Rita Church in New Orleans -- normally a time when the church is pin-drop quiet except for the sacristan, the organist and a few early arrivers reciting the rosary.

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A man signs in to vote in the John Bailey Room at St. Francis Xavier Church in Washington Nov. 8. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

Many numbers, one result: What polling can and cannot do

Four years ago around this time, Americans were wondering about the death of public-opinion polling in an entirely different vein.

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Burned buildings and cars are seen Dec. 1 in Gatlinburg, Tenn., in the aftermath of wildfires. Raging wildfires fueled by high winds claimed the lives of at least seven people, forced the evacuation of thousands, including Father Antony Punnackal of St. Mary's Church, and damaged hundreds of buildings in the popular mountain resort town. (CNS photo/courtesy Tennessee Highway Patrol, handout via Reuters)

Some fleeing scene of wildfires describe it as escaping ‘gates of hell’

St. Mary's Catholic Church was at ground zero in the wildfires that devastated parts of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Nov. 28, and while flames reached to within yards of the tourist city church, it appears to have been spared.

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A ship is seen sinking during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941. A Catholic military chaplain and historian says the attack on Pearl Harbor, even 75 years later, continues to rivet the attention of Americans because it was "such a powerful event."  (CNS photo/Pearl Harbor Museum)

Priest-historian: 75 years later, Pearl Harbor ‘such a powerful event’

A Catholic military chaplain and historian says the attack on Pearl Harbor, even 75 years later, continues to rivet the attention of Americans because it is "such a powerful event."

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A statue of the Our Lady of Guadalupe is carried in a truck during a procession to the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Tijuana, Mexico, where Mass was celebrated. The Mass and a procession with a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe were a call to remember and pray for migrants and were led by Archbishop Francisco Moreno Barron of Tijuana. (CNS photo/David Maung)

USCCB leaders seek prayers for migrants, refugees on Guadalupe feast

Prayer services and special Masses will be held in many dioceses across the country as the U.S. Catholic Church has asked that the Dec. 12 feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe be a day of prayer with a focus on migrants and refugees.

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