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The badge of an U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer is seen in Santa Ana, Calif., May 11, 2017. (CNS photo/Lucy Nicholson, Reuters) See VASQUEZ-DEPORTATIONS June 24, 2019.

As raid threats stoke fears, church leaders try to comfort immigrants

The president's threats came and went in tweets, but priests, women and men religious, church-affiliated organizations and even some bishops from around the country were left trying to dampen the fear they sparked among immigrant communities of faith.

The moon is seen in Sieversdorf, Germany, Dec. 24, 2015. People from diverse cultures and religions working together greatly enrich scientific research, Pope Francis told international astronomy students. (CNS photo/Patrick Pleul, EPA) See POPE-SCIENCE June 13, 2016. Editors: For editorial use only.

50 years on, moon landing still generates a wistful sense of wonderment

When astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the moon July 20, 1969, Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno had no idea that some day he would become the director of the Vatican Observatory.

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St. John Paul II greets throngs of Poles waiting for a glimpse of their native son at the monastery of Jasna Gora in Czestochowa during his 1979 trip to Poland. White House officials marked the 40th anniversary of St. John Paul II's first pilgrimage to Poland with a June 21, 2019, screening of "The Divine Plan" about President Ronald Reagan's and the late pontiff's anti-communism efforts. (CNS photo/Chris Niedenthal) See JOHN-PAUL-II-POLAND June 24, 2019.

Screening of ‘Divine Plan’ marks anniversary of pope’s 1979 Poland trip

Senior White House officials gathered June 21 with leaders of various faith groups and nonprofit organizations as well as community leaders to commemorate the 40th anniversary of St. John Paul II's first pilgrimage to Poland with a screening of "The Divine Plan," a documentary released June 15.

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Franciscan Sister Shirlee Tremont is shown swinging during Collars vs. Scholars games on Coney Island in the Brooklyn section of New York City June 17. For the second straight year, the Brooklyn clergy showed their prowess on the softball diamond with a 2-1 win over principals and teachers of diocesan schools. (CNS photo/CNS photo/Steven Aiello, The Tablet) See COLLARS-VS-SCHOLARS June 24, 2019.

Brooklyn Collars vs. Scholars game part of Catholic education celebration

For the second straight year, the Brooklyn clergy showed their prowess on the softball diamond with a 2-1 win over principals and teachers of diocesan schools.

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A Honduran migrant prays at a shelter in Tijuana, Mexico, March 19, 2019 while awaiting legal proceedings for his asylum case. The Federal Enforcement Effect Research Survey, also called the FEER survey, released June 12 by the Center for Migration Studies in New York, analyzed the impact of intensified immigration enforcement on the work of Catholic organizations and other faith-based groups that work with immigrants. (CNS photo/Jorge Duenes, Reuters) See INDEPTH-IMMIGRATION-CATHOLIC June 21, 2019.

As immigration policy changes, so does work of Catholic organizations

Immigration policies rolled out during the Trump administration have spread fear among immigrant populations in the U.S., but Catholic organizations and parishes have responded with renewed efforts focused on helping those groups, a new survey says.

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Msgr. John Kennedy, head of the disciplinary action section at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, gives a talk at the Catholic Media Conference in St. Petersburg, Fla., June 19, 2019. Msgr. Kennedy related his experiences handling clerical sexual abuse cases, and their effect on the church as well as him personally. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Vatican official praises Catholic media for coverage of sex abuse crisis

In a remarkably frank and detailed speech, the Vatican official heading the department charged with reviewing clergy sexual abuse allegations told an assembly of Catholic journalists that his investigators and the press "share the same goal, which is the protection of minors, and we have the same wish to leave the world a little better than how we found it."

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Pro-life supporters hold signs outside the U.S. Supreme Court during the annual March for Life rally in Washington Jan. 18, 2019. Congress is currently debating an appropriations bill that will overturn at least nine pro-life policies, say lawmakers and pro-life groups. (CNS photo/Joshua Roberts, Reuters)

House urged to reject spending bill that would overturn pro-life policies

The House of Representatives has begun debate on a bill that will overturn at least nine pro-life policies, including reinstating taxpayer-funded abortion domestically and abroad, according to Republican Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey.

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The sun sets behind the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in the Arabian Sea June 3, 2019. Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services called on President Donald Trump's administration to seek a diplomatic solution to defuse rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran in a June 18 letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. (CNS photo/Jeff Sherman, U.S. Navy handout via Reuters)

Archbishop joins pope in calling for talks to resolve U.S.-Iran tensions

Amid rising tensions between the United States and Iran, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services called on President Donald Trump's administration to seek "sustained dialogue ... to de-escalate the current situation that is a danger to both the region and the world."

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Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris waves after celebrating Mass in the Chapel of the Virgin inside Notre-Dame Cathedral June 15, 2019. It was the first Mass since a huge blaze devastated the landmark building in April. (CNS photo/Benoit Tessier, pool via Reuters)

Paris archbishop celebrates first Mass in Notre Dame since fire

The archbishop of Paris wore a hard hat as he celebrated the first Mass in Notre Dame Cathedral since a huge blaze devastated the landmark building in April.

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A guest asks a question during a June 14, 2019, panel in Washington that was part of the Georgetown University Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life's "Convening on Lay Leadership for a Wounded Church and Divided Nation." Members of the panel are Joan Rosenhauer, executive director, Jesuit Refugee Services; Melinda Henneberger, columnist, Kansas City Star; John Carr, director of Georgetown's Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life; Kathleen Domingo, senior director, Office of Life, Justice, and Peace of the Los Angeles Archdiocese; and Peter Wehner, senior fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center. (CNS photo/Georgetown University)

Georgetown panel discussion examines ‘a wounded church and divided nation’

An air of resignation and frustration overtook Georgetown University's Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life panel as it discussed the ongoing clergy sexual abuse crisis. It was, moderator John Carr observed, the seventh time the initiative had focused exclusively on it.

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