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Pope Francis speaks in a video message recorded on the phone of Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion, at the Vatican April 11, 2019. In the video the pope encourages Catholic to join the ecumenical prayer campaign,

Pope encourages Catholics to join ecumenical prayer campaign

In a video recorded on the phone of the Anglican archbishop of Canterbury, Pope Francis encouraged Catholics to join the worldwide "Thy Kingdom Come" prayer campaign May 30-June 9.

Attendees watch Pope Francis on a screen during the opening ceremony of the World Meeting of Families in Dublin Aug. 21, 2018. The Vatican announced the theme Pope Francis has chosen for the next World Meeting of Families, which will be in Rome June 23-27, 2021: "Family love: a vocation and a path to holiness." (CNS photo/courtesy John McElroy, World Meeting of Families)

Pope chooses theme for World Meeting of Families 2021

Christian family life is a vocation and, when lived with fidelity, it is a path to holiness, said the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life.

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Actor Tim Conway poses with actress Carol Burnett Nov. 6, 2002, at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' 15th annual Hall of Fame ceremony in Beverly Hills, Calif. Conway, a Catholic, who won four Emmy Awards on the "Carol Burnett Show," died May 14, 2019, at age 85. He also starred in "McHale's Navy" and later voiced the role of Barnacle Boy for "Spongebob Squarepants." (CNS photo/Fred Prouser, Reuters) See OBIT-CONWAY to come.

Laughter Tim Conway ‘gave world will never be replaced,’ says daughter

Tim Conway, who died May 14 in Los Angeles at age 85, was probably best known for his 11 seasons on TV's "The Carol Burnett Show," where he delighted viewers with outlandish sketch comedy and physical humor.

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Jesuit Father Richard D'Souza, pictured in a May 8, 2019, photo, in Ann Arbor, Mich., studies the structure of stellar halos around galaxies. An astronomer on the Vatican Observatory staff, Father D'Souza is completing three years of post-doctoral research at the University of Michigan. (CNS photo/Dennis Sadowski) See DSOUZA-GALACTIC-MYSTERIES May 15, 2019.

Jesuit astronomer works to unravel the mysteries of galactic evolution

Jesuit Father Richard D'Souza finds halos mesmerizing. Galactic halos, that is. Not the angelic variety.

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A pro-life sign is displayed during the 2019 annual March for Life rally in Washington Jan. 18. By passing a bill to ban abortion in nearly all circumstances, the Alabama Legislature has recognized that abortion is "the extinguishing of a unique human life," said the president and CEO of Americans United for Life. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn) See ABORTION-BAN-ALABAMA May 15, 2019.

Pro-life leaders applaud passage of abortion bill in Alabama

By passing a bill to ban abortion in nearly all circumstances, the Alabama Legislature has recognized that abortion is "the extinguishing of a unique human life," said the president and CEO of Americans United for Life.

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Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican May 15, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-AUDIENCE-PRAYER-EVIL May 15, 2019.

Jesus is always ready to help free people from evil, pope says

Christians recognize life's great paradox that so much evil and temptation exist in the world, but that God is always present, too, ready to help and give people the strength to persevere, Pope Francis said.

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Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins star in a scene from the movie "Tolkien." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. (CNS photo/Fox Searchlight) See MOVIE-REVIEW-TOLKIEN and TOLKIEN-KARUKOSKI May 7, 2019.

Tolkien

By turns lyrical and moving, "Tolkien" (Fox Searchlight) is a sophisticated profile of the future novelist's youth that succeeds on a number of levels.

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A worshipper venerates a reliquary containing St. John Vianney's incorrupt heart at Bourgade Catholic High School in Phoenix May 6, 2019. (CNS photo/Billy Hardiman, The Catholic Sun) See RELIC-VIANNEY-ARIZONA May 13, 2019.

Venerating St. John Vianney relic strengthens faith, say priests, laity

The incorruptible heart of St. John Vianney, who used the confessional and his gift of reading hearts to lead thousands of central Europeans away from sin and toward devotion to God during the mid-1800s, made its way through the Diocese of Phoenix the first week of May.

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At right, Archangel Attic volunteer Kathy Jacoby assists a customer at the parish thrift store next to St. Benedict Church in Anchorage April 8, 2019. (CNS photo/Ron Nicholl, Catholic Anchor) See ALASKA-THRIFT-SCHOOLS May 13, 2019.

Alaska thrift shop raises $1 million for a Catholic school

Of all the designer clothes, quirky conversation pieces and valuable antiques that have rotated through the thrift shop, Archangel Attic, maybe the greatest treasure to come from this modest Anchorage shop is the $1 million it has made for Lumen Christi High School in Anchorage.

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Pope Francis greets a nun during a meeting with 850 superiors general May 10, 2019, at the Vatican, who were in Rome for the plenary assembly of the International Union of Superiors General. The organization represents more than 450,000 women religious in more than 100 countries. (CNS photo/Vatican Media via Reuters) See POPE-UISG May 10, 2019.

Pope discusses deaconesses, need for nuns to be servants not ‘maids’

Pope Francis told the heads of women's religious orders from around the world they need to send sisters on assignments that truly serve the church and those in need, and not agree to requests for "maids."

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