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Police officers work the scene at St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka April 22, 2019, after bomb blasts ripped through churches and luxury hotels the previous dauy. Sri Lankan officials reported 290 confirmed deaths from the eight blasts at churches and hotels in three cities. (CNS photo/Athit Perawongmetha, Reuters)

Cardinal criticizes Sri Lankan government for not taking precautions

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo, Sri Lanka, has blamed the country's authorities for the security lapse he claims could have prevented Easter bombings, in which the death toll surpassed 320.

Honduran migrant Luis Acosta carries 5-year-old Angel Jesus through the Suchiate River near Tapachula, Mexico, Oct. 29, 2018. (CNS photo/Adrees Latif, Reuters) See NY-IMMIGRATION-TOUR April 22, 2019.

Church, agency, union leaders on fact-finding trip to Central America

delegation that includes the head of Catholic Charities of the New York Archdiocese, union leaders, state officials and representatives of humanitarian aid agencies are visiting the three Central American nations that now face a cutoff of U.S. aid.

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Pope Francis arrives to celebrate Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 21, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-EASTER-SUNDAY April 21, 2019.

Only risen Christ can bring peace to world at war, pope says at Easter

As the machine of warfare continues to churn out more dangerous weaponry, only the power and joy of Christ's resurrection can fill hearts with comfort and peace, Pope Francis said before giving his Easter blessing.

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Pope Francis greets inmates and guards as he arrives to celebrate the Mass of Lord's Supper April 18, 2019, at Velletri Correctional Facility, 36 miles south of Rome. (CNS photo/Vatican Media, via Reuters) See POPE-THURSDAY-PRISON April 18, 2019.

Be servants to one another, pope tells prisoners before washing feet

Jesus' gesture of washing his disciples' feet, an act once reserved to servants and slaves, is one that all Christians, especially bishops, must imitate, Pope Francis told hundreds of inmates and prison employees.

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Rome's Colosseum is illuminated during the Way of the Cross March 30, 2018. Pope Francis has asked Missionary Sister Eugenia Bonetti, a long-time activist in the fight against human trafficking, to write the meditations for his celebration of the Good Friday Way of the Cross prayer service at Rome's Colosseum April 19, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-VIA-CRUCIS-BONETTI April 5, 2019..

Pope’s Way of Cross will shine light on women ‘crucified’ by traffickers

Countless women and girls are being "crucified" by human traffickers, who trick them into slave labor or prostitution, and by those who seek out their services and exploit them, said the missionary nun who wrote the meditations for Pope Francis' Way of the Cross service.

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This is a scene from the documentary "Penguins." The Catholic News Service classification is A-I -- general patronage. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is G -- general audiences. All Ages Admitted. (CNS photo/Disneynature) See MOVIE-REVIEW-PENGUINS April 17, 2019.

Penguins

At once the profile of a plucky 5-year-old Adelie penguin the filmmakers dub "Steve" and an introduction to his species as a whole, "Penguins" (Disneynature) is a winning documentary.

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The damaged roof of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris is pictured April 16, 2019, in the aftermath of a devastating fire. (CNS photo/Christophe Petit Tesson, pool Reuters)

Fire chaplain helped save religious artifacts from burning cathedral

A hero emerging from the Notre Dame Cathedral fire April 15 is Father Jean-Marc Fournier, who is credited with saving a reliquary containing the crown of thorns and the Blessed Sacrament from the burning cathedral.

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Christopher Booty, and his wife, Kristin, who attend Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church in Oakland Park, Fla., are shown with their babies, Catherine, and Maythan, March 24, 2019. The family, who are Muslims, will be converting to Catholicism during the Easter Vigil April 20. (CNS photo/CNS photo/Linda Reeves, Florida Catholic) See NEW-CATHOLICS-BOOTY-FAMILY April 16, 2019.

Muslim father, ‘wanting to be part of something,’ joins Catholic Church

After questioning the Islamic tradition he had practiced for a few years, Christopher Booty delved into its history and explored other world religions—which eventually led him to Catholicism.

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An onlooker takes a cellphone photo of Notre Dame Cathedral April 16, 2019, after a fire broke out in Paris. Officials said the cause was not clear, but that the April 15 blaze could be linked to renovation work. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See NOTRE-DAME-REBUILD April 16, 2019.

Hope from the ashes: President, archbishop vow to rebuild Notre Dame

The president of France and the archbishop of Paris have vowed to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral after a devastating fire, continuing what a professor of architecture described as the natural lifecycle of a historic building.

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Pope Francis accepts a soccer ball during a meeting with members of the Italian National Amateur Soccer League at the Vatican April 15, 2019. (CNS photo/Vatican Media) See POPE-SOCCER-GOAL April 15, 2019.

Helping others is the true goal, pope tells soccer league

Like those who play soccer, people must learn to work together, help one another and race toward a clear goal, Pope Francis said.

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