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Mercy Sister Marilyn Lacey of Burlingame, Calif., accepts the 2017 Opus Prize at Denver's Regis University Oct. 11. As Opus Prize Laureate, she receives a $1 million award as part of the honor. (CNS photo/Chris Schneider, courtesy Religious Sisters of Mercy)

Mercy sister named 2017 Opus Prize laureate for outreach to women, girls

It would have been impossible to walk away from a downtown Denver hotel where this year's Opus Prize was announced Oct. 12 and not feel that urge to "go forth and set the world on fire."

House Speaker Paul Ryan delivers remarks at the 72nd Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York Oct. 19. (CNS photo/Andrew Kelly, Reuters)

Al Smith dinner features House Speaker as keynoter, actress as emcee

"Everyone looks great tonight," House Speaker Paul Ryan told the crowd of women in ballgowns and men in white tie and tails at the 72nd Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York Oct. 19.

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Sister Kathleen Schipani, director of the Office for Persons with Disabilities and the Deaf Apostolate at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, is pictured during an interview in Rome Oct. 20. Her office is launching the "Religious Signs for Families" app to help deaf children and their family members learn prayers in American Sign Language. It will be available in early November in Apple's App Store and Google Play. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See SIGN-LANGUAGE-APP Oct. 20, 2017.

Signs of the Spirit: App teaches blessings, how to pray in ASL

When Sister Kathleen Schipani found out she was usually the very first person to teach deaf children to pray, she decided there had to be an app to fix that.

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Student Aiden Beals speaks at an Oct. 12 SoCal Health Care Coalition protest at the University of California San Diego in La Jolla, Calif. (CNS photo/Mike Blake, Reuters) See WASHINGTON-LETTER-HEALTH-CARE Oct. 20, 2017.

Health care law: uncertain outcome after multiple diagnoses

The Affordable Care Act — on the examination table since President Donald Trump came into office — has been poked, prodded and even pronounced dead while the fight to keep it alive keeps going.

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Josh Brolin stars in a scene from the movie "Only the Brave." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. (CNS photo/Columbia) See MOVIE-REVIEW-ONLY-BRAVE Oct. 17, 2017.

Only the Brave

The heartbreaking true story of an elite Arizona firefighting team comes to the big screen in "Only the Brave" (Columbia).

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The death chamber table is seen in 2010 at the state penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Pope Francis' recent statement that the death penalty is incompatible with the Gospel is viewed by some as a development of doctrine and by others as a departure from church teaching. (CNS photo/courtesy Jenevieve Robbins, Texas Department of Criminal Justice handout via Reuters) See VATICAN-LETTER-DEATH-PENALTY Oct. 19, 2017.

Pope’s pro-life challenge: Respect all life, oppose death penalty

Pope Francis' recent statement that the death penalty is incompatible with the Gospel focused less on a government's role in protecting its people and more on the need to defend the sacredness and dignity of every human life.

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A woman holds a sign showing her support for Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, during a rally near the U.S. Capitol in Washington Sept. 26. Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas, chairman of the U.S. bishops' migration committee, told the U.S. government Oct. 17 that current TPS recipients from El Salvador and Honduras "cannot return to safely to their home country at this time" and urged their TPS status be extended. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn) See story to come.

Bishops’ migration chairman asks for extension of immigration status

The head of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Migration said some migrants from Honduras and El Salvador cannot safely return to their home countries in the near future and should have a special immigration permit extended.

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Faith brings hope even at moment of death, pope says

Christians can find hope even at the hour of death, which faith teaches is not a closed door but a wide-open passage to a new life with Christ, Pope Francis said.

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Callista Gingrich is pictured during a U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing in Washington July 18 after being nominated by President Donald Trump to be the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. The U.S. Senate late Oct. 16 voted to confirm Gingrich, wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. (CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters) See SENATE-GINGRICH-CONFIRMED Oct. 17, 2017.

Senate confirms Callista Gingrich as U.S. ambassador to the Holy See

The Senate confirmed Callista Gingrich as the new U.S. ambassador to the Holy See.

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A man stands in front of graves in Vienna Nov. 1. During a Nov. 4 Mass at the Vatican, Pope Francis urged people to remember cardinals and bishops who died this year. (CNS photo/Christian Bruna, EPA) See POPE-MASS-DECEASED Nov. 4, 2016.

Neglected works of mercy: burying, praying for forgotten dead

When a friend's beloved dog died, Adrian Cruz dug a grave, prepared a box, cleaned the dog and helped bury the animal in a way that helped his grieving friend mourn the loss of her pet.

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