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U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing Sept. 4 on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump named Kavanaugh, a Catholic, July 9 to succeed 81-year-old Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired July 31. (CNS photo/Doug Mills, pool via Reuters)

Head of Georgetown Prep urges renewed commitment to being ‘men for others’

In a letter to the school community, the president of an all-boys Jesuit high school in suburban Washington emphasized the schools' mission to form "men for others" and reflected on the need to evaluate the school's culture in light of that value.

Pope Francis signs a guest book after visiting the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights in Vilnius, Lithuania, Sept. 23. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-LITHUANIA-MEMORIALS Sept. 23, 2018.

Pope in Lithuania: Don’t let anti-Semitism, hatred resurge

Outside the former KGB headquarters in Vilnius, Pope Francis ended a day of paying homage to victims of totalitarianism and of warning Lithuanians to be attentive to any signs of anti-Semitism or hatred.

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Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio, leads the opening prayer Sept. 20 during the Fifth National Encuentro, or V Encuentro, in Grapevine, Texas. The Sept. 20-23 event is a gathering of more than 3,200 Hispanic Catholic leaders and about 125 bishops from across the country. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn) See V-ENCUENTRO-PROCESSION-OPENING Sept. 21, 2018.

Encuentro opens with procession, papal message, prayers for abuse victims

A video message from Pope Francis and a procession of Encuentro crosses representing all of the participating episcopal regions were the highlights during the first day of the National Fifth Encuentro gathering taking place Sept. 20-23 in Grapevine.

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Pope Francis speaks during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sept. 19. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-AUDIENCE-PARENTS Sept. 19, 2018.

Some cry ‘scandal’ to cover their own failings, pope says

While God's holy church is made up of sinners, it also has its share of hypocrites who love to cry "scandal" to point out the failings of others and make themselves appear pure, Pope Francis said at morning Mass.

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Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro and Jack Black star in a scene from the movie "The House With a Clock in Its Walls." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children. (CNS photo/Universal) See MOVIE-REVIEW-HOUSE-CLOCK-WALLS Sept. 19, 2018.

The House With a Clock in Its Walls

For all its spells and incantations, the witchcraft-themed fantasy "The House With a Clock in Its Walls" (Universal) lacks magic. Though some of the humor works, the film makes little impression and registers as only passable entertainment.

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Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, gives the opening prayer Nov. 13 at the bishops' fall general assembly in Baltimore. Also pictured are Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB president, and Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield, USCCB general secretary. (CNS photo/Bob Roller) See USCCB-ABUSE-SCANDAL-ACTION Sept. 19, 2018.

Church plans third-party abuse reporting system, code of conduct

Pledging to "heal and protect with every bit of the strength God provides us," the U.S. bishops' Administrative Committee Sept. 19 outlined actions to address the abuse crisis, including approving the establishment of a third-party confidential reporting system for claims of any abuse by bishops.

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Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sept. 19. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-AUDIENCE-PARENTS Sept. 19, 2018.

Be grateful to parents, never insult them, pope says

Honoring mothers and fathers means being grateful for the gift of life and Christians should never insult anyone's parents, Pope Francis said.

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Repairs continue to the buildings on the grounds of St Anne's Chapel in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands in this June photo. (CNS photo/courtesy Diocese of St Thomas) See USVI-HURRICANES-RECOVERY Sept. 18, 2018.

Virgin Islands diocese still recovering from 2017 double hurricanes

One year after Hurricanes Irma and Maria smashed through the Virgin Islands, people remain jittery about the rest of the 2018 hurricane season.

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Residents of Carobell, a home for intellectually disabled people in Jacksonville, N.C., take refuge Sept. 16 at Holy Angels in Belmont after Hurricane Florence forced them from their home. Forty-six residents and staff of Carobell left the small town of Hubert Sept. 12 in a caravan of 11 vehicles, slowly making the 260-mile trek to Holy Angels, their designated emergency safe site. (CNS photo/courtesy Holy Angels) See REFUGE-FLORENCE-MERCY-SISTERS Sept. 18, 2018.

Mercy sisters’ home provides refuge during Florence

Holy Angels, a home in Belmont for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, lived up to its reputation of hospitality, sheltering a group of medically fragile North Carolinians fleeing from Tropical Storm Florence.

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Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta speaks to the media in Late June in Santiago, Chile. (CNS photo/Alberto Valdes, EPA) See ABUSE-SCICLUNA-OUELLET Sept. 17, 2018.

Words, promises are not enough to prevent abuse, archbishop says

Inviting presidents of the world's bishops' conference to the Vatican to discuss abuse prevention reflects an understanding that "lovely" words and promises are not enough -- concrete, concerted action by the whole church is needed, said Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta.

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