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Catholic University’s president urges ‘zeal’ in defending religious liberty

A pharmacy in Olympia, Washington, loses its court challenge to a state law requiring the owners to violate their religious beliefs by supplying emergency contraceptives.
Vivian Carr and her sons Kenneth Johnston and Ellis Carr speak during a Sept. 23 prayer service at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church in Charlotte, N.C. The previous day Vivian's other son, Justin Carr, died from a gunshot wound to the head that he received during protests in Charlotte which turned violent following the fatal police shooting of an African-American man. (CNS photo/Patricia L. Guilfoyle, Catholic Herald)

Charlotte parishioners gather for prayer service, mourn protester’s death

Justin Carr's future looked bright. He had just celebrated his 26th birthday, started a new job, and was getting ready to settle down with his high school sweetheart and start a family.

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The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington is seen in this 2014 file photo.(CNS/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters)

Too much order in the Supreme Court? No thrills in upcoming docket

The expression "in like a lion out like a lamb" turns on its head when comparing the end of the Supreme Court's last term to the start of its new one Oct. 3.

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Pope Francis greets pilgrims after his weekly audience Sept. 21 in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Remo Casilli, Reuters) See POPE-AUDIENCE-JUDGE Sept. 21, 2016.

Christians aren’t greater than God, must forgive as he does, pope says

God wants people to be merciful, which means forgiving others and giving freely with love, Pope Francis said.

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St. Peter's Basilica is seen during sunset in Rome in this Oct. 20, 2011, file photo. Pope Francis has approved revised norms for the Congregation for Saints' Causes regarding medical consultations on healings alleged to be miracles. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See VATICAN-SAINTS-MIRACLES Sept. 23, 2016.

Vatican revises norms for examining alleged miracles

In an effort to ensure transparency as well as historical and scientific accuracy, Pope Francis has approved revised norms for the Congregation for Saints' Causes regarding medical consultations on healings alleged to be miracles.

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A man confronts riot police during Sept. 21 protests in Charlotte, N.C., after police fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott in the parking lot of an apartment complex. (CNS photo/Jason Miczek, Reuters) See CHARLOTTE-SHOOTING-REACT Sept. 22, 2016.

Bishop Jugis calls all to pray for peace, justice in Charlotte

After two nights of violence in Charlotte, Bishop Peter J. Jugis called on men, women and children in the Diocese of Charlotte to join him in prayers for "peace and justice" for all victims of violence and for law enforcement personnel who have been victims of "unjust violence."

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Protector of abused children wins Lumen Christi Award

Melva Arbelo, director of the Santa Teresita of the Child Jesus Children's Home in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, has been named the winner of the 2016-17 Lumen Christi Award given annually since 1978 by Catholic Extension.

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Holy Cross Father Theodore Hesburgh, who served as president of the University of Notre Dame, and President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas in 1963, are among several subjects that will be part of next year's stamp program, the U.S. Postal Service announced Sept. 20. (CNS photo/U.S. Postal Service) See STAMPS-HESBURGH-JFK Sept. 21, 2016.

Father Hesburgh, JFK to be honored on postage stamps

Two prominent Catholics will be commemorated on U.S. postage stamps in 2017. Holy Cross Father Theodore Hesburgh, who was president of the University of Notre Dame for 35 years, and President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas in 1963, are among several subjects that will be part of next year's stamp program, the U.S. Postal Service announced Sept. 20.

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U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the U.N. General Assembly Sept. 20 in New York City. Speaking for the last time at the United Nations as president, Obama said that while the world has become safer and more prosperous, nations are struggling with a devastating refugee crisis, terrorism and a breakdown in basic order in the Middle East. (CNS photo/Mike Segar, Reuters) See REFUGEES-CRS-PLEDGE-SUMMIT Sept. 20, 2016.

CRS, other NGOs pledge total of $1.2 billion to help world’s refugees

Eighty-six percent of the world's refugees are living in developing countries and it is particularly hard for those countries to meet refugees' needs and provide them an education and a livelihood, according to a senior policy and legislative specialist at Catholic Relief Services.

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Pope Francis presides at an ecumenical prayer service with religious leaders in the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy, Sept. 20. The pope and other religious leaders participated in the service that marked the 30th anniversary of St. John Paul II's Assisi interfaith peace gathering. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See ASSISI-ECUMENISM-WELBY, ASSISI-BARTHOLOMEW-TRIBUTE, ASSISI-CHRISTIAN-PRAYER, POPE-ASSISI-PEACE Sept. 20, 2016.

No war is holy, pope says at peace gathering

Violence in the name of God does not represent the true nature of religion and must be condemned by all faiths, Pope Francis said. "We never tire of repeating that the name of God cannot be used to justify violence. Peace alone, and not war, is holy!" the pope said Sept. 20 at the closing ceremony of an interreligious peace gathering in Assisi.

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