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Pope Francis greets Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor of the 1945 atomic bombing in Hiroshima, Japan, and a delegation from the organization Earth Caravan, during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican March 20, 2019. The group presented a flame of peace, which the pope blew upon. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-AUDIENCE-GOD-WILL March 20, 2019.

God’s will is clear: to seek out, save humanity from evil, pope says

Christians have faith in a God who wants to and is able to transform the world, conquering evil with good, Pope Francis said.

A woman carries a child March 17, 2019, in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai in Beira, Mozambique. Hundreds were feared dead in Mozambique four days after a cyclone slammed into the country, submerging entire villages and leaving bodies floating in the floodwaters, the nation's president said. (CNS photo/Josh Estey, Care International via Reuters) See CYCLONE-ZIMBABWE-MOZAMBIQUE-MALAWI March 20, 2019.

As cyclone slams Africa, churches, aid agencies coordinate response

Two boys at a Catholic boarding school in Zimbabwe are among the more than 300 people killed in the aftermath of a cyclone that slammed into Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi in mid-March. Officials fear the death toll from the cyclone could reach 1,000.

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A young Syrian refugee holds a watermelon at his shop in the Zaatari refugee camp near Mafraq, Jordan, June 22, 2018. "A lot of young men left Syria because they didn't want to fight in the conflict," Maha Yahya, director of the Carnegie Middle East Center, told Catholic News Service. (CNS photo/Muhammad Hamed, Reuters) See SYRIA-CITIZENS-LIMBO March 19, 2019.

In Syria, Caritas works to promote understanding among neighbors

As Syria's civil war enters its ninth year, citizens in and outside the country find themselves in limbo. Catholic and other aid agencies are urging a swift resolution to the crisis.

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Women hold candles during a vigil outside St. George's Anglican Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa, March 17, 2019, for the victims of the March 15 mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand. (CNS photo/Mike Hutchings, Reuters) See NEW-ZEALAND-MOSQUE-PRAYER March 18, 2019.

For Chaldeans who fled Iraq, New Zealand attacks brought back memories

The St. Addai Chaldean Catholic community in suburban Auckland felt the impact of the Christchurch mosque killings with a special poignancy, because many members have experienced the sufferings inflicted by terrorism.

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People leave flowers at the Islamic Cultural Center of New York in New York City March 15, 2019, after the Christchurch mosque attack in New Zealand. Forty-nine people were assassinated and at least 40 more are being treated for gunshot wounds following the terror attacks. (CNS photo/Rashid Umar Abbasii, Reuters) See US-REACT-MOSQUE-ATTACKS March 15, 2019.

With heavy hearts, U.S. bishops condemn mosque attacks

U.S. Catholic bishops condemned the two mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 15 that left at least 50 people dead and 50 seriously injured, and they also pledged their solidarity with the Muslim community.

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Mary Jane Creamer, Catholic Relief Services treasurer and member of the board of directors, holds a memorial card honoring four CRS members who died in the March 10, 2019, Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 crash traveling from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, Kenya, during a memorial Mass at CRS headquarters in Baltimore March 14. (CNS photo/Kevin J. Parks, Catholic Review) See CRS-MEMORIAL-MASS March 15, 2019.

At memorial Mass, CRS remembers four employees who died in plane crash

Approximately 480 men and women work at the Baltimore headquarters of Catholic Relief Services, the overseas aid and development agency of U.S. Catholics.

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Members of a SWAT team push back members of the public following a shooting at the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 15, 2019. New Zealand's Catholic bishops have expressed their horror and distress at terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch; at least 49 people were killed. (CNS photo/Martin Hunter, Reuters)

After attacks, New Zealand bishops tell Muslims: ‘We hold you in prayer’

New Zealand's Catholic bishops have expressed horror and distress at a terrorist attack in two mosques in Christchurch that saw at least 49 people killed.

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Central American migrants wait while their asylum requests are processed at a shelter in Tijuana, Mexico, Feb. 19, 2019. In a March 4 statement, Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Migration, and Sean Callahan, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, say they oppose the U.S. policy requiring asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico while waiting to access protection in the United States. (CNS photo/Jorge Duenes, Reuters)

USCCB migration chairman, head of CRS oppose ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy

The chairman of the U.S. bishops' migration committee and the president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services March 13 joined Texas and Mexico bishops in opposing the U.S. policy of sending asylum-seekers back to Mexico while they wait for court proceedings.

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A delegate at the Fifth National Encuentro in Grapevine, Texas, checks the internet Sept. 21, 2018. Massgoers in Ireland are being urged to switch off their mobile phones during Lent. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn) See LENT-IRELAND-PHONES March 13, 2019.

For Lent, Irish Catholics urged to abandon ‘weapons of mass distraction’

Massgoers in Ireland are being urged to make a hard sacrifice throughout the penitential six-week period: switching off their mobile phones.

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Australian Cardinal George Pell is seen outside the County Court in Melbourne Feb. 27, 2019. (CNS photo/Erik Anderson, Reuters)

Judge sentences Cardinal Pell to six years in prison on abuse charges

Cardinal George Pell, 77, was sentenced to six years in prison March 13, just over two weeks after a Melbourne court allowed the publication of news that he had been found guilty of sexually abusing two boys.

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