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Sister Kathleen Schipani, director of the Office for Persons with Disabilities and the Deaf Apostolate at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, is pictured during an interview in Rome Oct. 20. Her office is launching the

Signs of the Spirit: App teaches blessings, how to pray in ASL

When Sister Kathleen Schipani found out she was usually the very first person to teach deaf children to pray, she decided there had to be an app to fix that.

Student Aiden Beals speaks at an Oct. 12 SoCal Health Care Coalition protest at the University of California San Diego in La Jolla, Calif. (CNS photo/Mike Blake, Reuters) See WASHINGTON-LETTER-HEALTH-CARE Oct. 20, 2017.

Health care law: uncertain outcome after multiple diagnoses

The Affordable Care Act — on the examination table since President Donald Trump came into office — has been poked, prodded and even pronounced dead while the fight to keep it alive keeps going.

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Josh Brolin stars in a scene from the movie "Only the Brave." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. (CNS photo/Columbia) See MOVIE-REVIEW-ONLY-BRAVE Oct. 17, 2017.

Only the Brave

The heartbreaking true story of an elite Arizona firefighting team comes to the big screen in "Only the Brave" (Columbia).

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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.

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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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Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford star in a scene from the movie “Blade Runner 2049.” The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. (CNS/Warner Bros.) See MOVIE-REVIEW-BLADE-RUNNER-2049 Oct. 6, 2017.

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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