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Pope, top Curia officials launch new style of ‘ad limina’ visit

For decades, the visits bishops are required to make to the Vatican were known for their formality and routine style, but Pope Francis launched "a whole new style of 'ad limina' visits," a Chilean bishop said.

An artist's depiction shows the possible surface of TRAPPIST-1f, on one of seven newly discovered planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system. (CNS photo/NASA handout via Reuters)

Discovery of Earth-sized planets boosts hope of finding alien life

The quest to find life on other planets got a boost when astronomers confirmed the existence of at least seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a red dwarf star just 40 light years away.

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A display of protest placards sit outside the Royal Commission into Child Sex Abuse Feb. 23 in Sydney. (CNS photo/David Moir, EPA)

Australian archbishops: Leadership on abuse was ‘catastrophic failure’

Five Australian archbishops testified before a government commission on child sexual abuse, reiterating apologies and taking responsibility for actions that occurred before they were church leaders.

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Catholic News Service

A man carries containers filled with drinking water after taking it from a public tap at a roadside in Jammu, India, May 23, 2016. (CNS photo/Jaipal Singh, EPA)

Vatican invites experts to promote safe, accessible water for everyone

A special gathering of policy experts, government officials, religious leaders, scholars, and development and social justice advocates was looking at ways to guarantee water that is safe and more accessible to the world's people.

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Catholic News Service

Syrian refugees Ahmed Al Kango and his wife, Sahar, help their children learn English Feb. 7 in their home in Elkhorn, Neb. Pictured from left, the children are Mohamad, Ghaith and Abdulrazzaq. (CNS photo/Joe Ruff, Catholic Voice)

It’s families helping families as Catholics, others aid Syrian refugees

It's families helping families.

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Catholic News Service

The mother of a patient smiles alongside children in 2016 at St. Luke Social and Rehabilitation Center in Liaskovka, Belarus. With the help of the local Caritas agency, the center was opened in 2003 as a housing facility for children who undergo treatment for Pediatric Oncology, Hematology and Immunology. (CNS photo/courtesy Caritas of the Minsk-Mohilev Archdiocese)

Caritas center in Belarus offers support to children with cancer

Svetlana Kudriavets had never worked with children with cancer when she became the coordinator of St. Luke Social and Rehabilitation Center in Lieskauka, Belarus, last year. Now she feels that the work with these special children is particularly rewarding.

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Catholic News Service

Pope Francis meets with bishops from Chile during their "ad limina" visits to the Vatican Feb. 20. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

Pope, Chilean bishops discuss abuse scandal, evangelization

Pope Francis spent nearly three hours with the bishops of Chile discussing several key issues they are facing, including fighting pedophilia and evangelizing the marginalized and the suffering.

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Catholic News Service

Ashes are distributed at St. Helen Church in Glendale, Arizona, in this 2016 file photo.  Ash Wednesday -- March 1 this year in the Western church calendar -- marks the start of Lent, a season of sacrifice, prayer and charity. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

Ash Wednesday: Ancient tradition still thrives in modern times

In more ways than one, Ash Wednesday -- celebrated March 1 this year -- leaves a mark.

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Catholic News Service

Patti Gallagher Mansfield, front left, was a 20-year-old junior at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh when she attended a Holy Spirit retreat Feb. 18, 1967, with about 25 college students. The "Duquesne Weekend" is the acknowledged beginnings of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the United States, which has spread around the world. (CNS photo/courtesy Patti Gallagher Mansfield)

Catholic Charismatic Renewal marks 50th anniversary of founding this year

For the past 50 years, Patti Gallagher Mansfield has kept the Champion Wiremaster stenographer's notebook, 5-by-8 inches, safely tucked away among her most cherished, sacred items in her dresser drawer.

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Catholic News Service

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is seen in Bonn, Germany, Feb. 16. (CNS photo/Friedmann Vogel, EPA)

Trump administration urged to do all it can to ‘care for creation’

Quoting Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Si'," three Catholic leaders wrote to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Feb. 17 urging the Trump administration to do all it can to care for creation both domestically and globally.

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Catholic News Service