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Attorney Jeffrey Anderson holds a placard with images of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' leaders since 2004, during a news conference in Baltimore Nov. 14, 2018. Anderson announced May 14, 2019, that he is representing five sexual abuse survivors suing the Vatican for names of clergy sexual abuse offenders worldwide and the names of church leaders he claims have been involved in abuse cover-up. (CNS photo/Kevin J. Parks, Catholic Review)

Minnesota attorney sues Holy See for documentation on clergy offenders

St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson announced May 14 that he is representing five sexual abuse survivors suing the Holy See for names of clergy sexual abuse offenders worldwide and the names of church leaders who have been involved in abuse cover-up.

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles speaks during a lecture at The Catholic University of America in Washington Feb. 6, 2019. The Los Angeles Archdiocese and five other California dioceses, Fresno, Orange, Sacramento, San Bernardino and San Diego, announced a new independent compensation program for sex abuse victims. Archbishop Gomez and the state's other Catholic bishops also are speaking out against a bill to do away with the seal of confession in cases of abuse. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

Confession bill amended, but church leaders say it still targets priests

Church officials are urging Catholics to continue to oppose a California bill that would force priests to disclose information about child sexual abuse that they hear in the sacrament of confession.

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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, "Thy Kingdom Come." (CNS photo/Thy Kingdom Come website)

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.

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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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