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A Franciscan Response to the Racial Crisis in the US

How do we react to the recent attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the growing racial tensions across the country? Here is a Franciscan response.
Father Bernard J. Ezaki, parochial vicar at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church in Easton, Pa., gives Communion at Mass July 2. He has been legally blind since birth. (CNS photo/Ed Koskey Jr.) See LEGALLY-BLIND-PRIEST Aug. 17, 2017.

Being legally blind doesn’t hinder Catholic priest in serving his flock

A visitor attending Mass at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church might not notice anything unusual about the celebrant.

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Injured people react after a van crashed into pedestrians in the Las Ramblas district of Barcelona, Spain, Aug. 17. Terrorists killed at least 12 and injured more than 50 others. (CNS photo/David Armengou, EPA) See BARCELONA-POPE Aug. 17, 2017.

Pope offers prayers for victims of terrorist attack in Barcelona

Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims of a terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain, that left at least 12 people dead and injured dozens of others.

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Seth MacFarlane, Adam Driver, Tom Archdeacon and Alex Ross star in a scene from the movie "Logan Lucky." 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/Fingerprint Releasing, Bleecker Street) See MOVIE-REVIEW-LOGAN-LUCKY-(EMBARGOED) Aug. 17, 2018.

Logan Lucky

Director Steven Soderbergh reinvents his "Ocean's Eleven" trilogy with a backwoods twist in "Logan Lucky" (Bleecker Street), a zany heist caper.

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People wearing solar eclipse sunglasses are seen in Los Angeles Aug. 8. (CNS photo/Mario Anzuoni, Reuters) See ECLIPSE-PATH-CATHOLIC Aug. 16, 2017.

U.S. Catholic parishes, schools happy to be in path of solar eclipse

U.S. Catholic parishes and schools located in the 70-mile-wide path of the total solar eclipse Aug. 21 plan to take part in this rare event with everything from providing parking spaces or viewing sites to offering overnight retreats or all-day events with family activities or scientific lectures.

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People participate in the free community meal Aug. 14 offered by Bistro 163 in Port Clinton, Ohio. Started by members of local churches, the restaurant is part of a growing network of community cafes that urge patrons to pay a bit more than the suggested price for a meal so those who cannot afford to pay can still eat. (CNS photo/Dennis Sadowski) See HUNGER-COMMUNITY-CAFE Aug. 16, 2017.

Ohio community cafe responds to hunger while building a following

Bow tie pasta with Chardonnay cheese sauce, fresh focaccia topped with herbs, a salad of fresh locally grown greens and made-from-scratch bread pudding aren't the usual fare for people in need of a free meal.

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A painting of Blessed Oscar Romero is seen on a wall in San Salvador, El Salvador, March 24. The assassinated archbishop would have been 100 years old Aug. 15. (CNS photo/Rodigro Sura, EPA) See SALVADOR-ROMERO-EZZATI Aug. 15, 2017.

Papal envoy calls Blessed Romero ‘martyr of hope’

Blessed Oscar Romero, the murdered archbishop of San Salvador, is a martyr of hope, said Chilean Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, Pope Francis' envoy to the celebration of the centennial of the archbishop's birth.

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Yezidis in Sinjar, Iraq, attend a commemoration Aug. 3 to mark three years since the Islamic State launched what the United Nations called a genocidal campaign against them. The Trump administration has renewed its commitment to protecting religious minority groups threatened by IS in the Middle East, says a new State Department report on international religious freedom released Aug. 15. (CNS photo/Suhaib Salem, Reuters) See INTERNATIONAL-RELIGIOUS-FREEDOM-REPORT Aug. 15, 2017.

Genocide of Christians continues in Middle East, says new U.S. report

The Trump administration renews its commitment to the protection of religious minority groups threatened by the Islamic State in the Middle East, according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in the preface of the annual State Department report on international religious freedom, released Aug. 15.

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People listen to Pope Francis' Angelus prayer during the feast of the Assumption, Aug. 15, at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters) See POPE-ANGELUS-MARY Aug. 15, 2017.

Pope entrusts to Mary victims of disasters, conflict, social tension

In a week in which natural disasters, war and racial conflicts dominated the headlines, Pope Francis prayed that Mary would bring peace to a divided world.

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Catholics on Guam pray for peace amid threats by North Korea

The Catholic Church on Guam is urging its members and all people on the island to be prayerful and stay centered in Christ amid threats of missile attacks by North Korea.

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