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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.

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.

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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A sunset after a day of rain illuminates the cobblestones near the Vatican in Rome March 5, 2018. Pope Francis' sixth anniversary as pope is March 13. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

‘Scourge of abuse, internal attacks’ mark pope’s sixth year in office

Catholics cannot place blame for the sexual abuse crisis on "those who came before us" in an attempt "to present ourselves as 'pure,'" said the editorial director of the Vatican media outlets.

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Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen's nameplate is seen Feb. 4 outside the entrance to the crypt where the prelate's remains are entombed at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

New York court rules prelate’s remains should be transferred to Peoria

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of Peoria announced "with great joy" March 5 that the New York State Supreme Court's Appellate Division ruled 5-0 that the remains of Archbishop Fulton Sheen should be transferred from New York to the Peoria Diocese.

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