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Nuns and other worshippers pray during a Mass in solidarity against human rights abuses in Quezon City, Philippines, Feb. 16, 2019. (CNS photo/Eloisa Lopez, Reuters) See PHILIPPINES-BISHOP-DAVID-DRUGS Feb. 19, 2019.

Philippine bishop: Duterte’s drug war is ‘illegal, immoral and anti-poor’

A Catholic bishop in the Philippines said his government's controversial war on drugs is really a war against the country's poor.

Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna of Malta and Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago, members of the organizing committee for the Feb. 21-24 Vatican meeting on the protection of minors in the church, attend a press conference to preview the meeting at the Vatican Feb. 18, 2019. Also pictured is Alessandro Gisotti, interim Vatican spokesman. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See VATICAN-ABUSE-PRESS Feb. 18, 2019.

Vatican summit: Silence, denial are unacceptable, archbishop says

When presented with an accusation that a priest has sexually abused a child, "whether it's criminal or malicious complicity and a code of silence or whether it is denial" on a very human level, such reactions are no longer tolerable, said the Vatican's top investigator of abuse cases.

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Then-Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, arrives in procession for a Mass of thanksgiving for Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Nov. 22, 2010. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-MCCARRICK-REMOVAL Feb. 16, 2019.

McCarrick removed from the priesthood after being found guilty of abuse

Pope Francis has confirmed the removal from the priesthood of Theodore E. McCarrick, the 88-year-old former cardinal and archbishop of Washington.

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A Dominican nun and Jesuit priest are pictured in a combination photo. "Pope Francis rightly attacks the culture of clericalism which has hindered our fight against abuse and indeed is one of the root causes," said a statement Feb. 19 from the women's International Union of Superiors General and the men's Union of Superiors General. (CNS file) See SUMMIT-RELIGIOUS-SUPERIORS Feb 19, 2019.

Religious superiors admit denial, slowness to act against abuse

Twisted ideas of power and authority in the Catholic Church have contributed to the clerical sexual abuse crisis, leaders of religious orders said, but sometimes the positive "sense of family" in their own communities also made them slow to act.

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Rebel Wilson and Liam Hemsworth star in a scene from the movie "I'sn't it Romantic." 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/Warner Bros.) See MOVIE-REVIEW-ISNT-IT-ROMANTIC Feb. 13, 2019.

Isn’t It Romantic

Funny thing about recent Hollywood comedies, many of them are anything but. Whether marred by a post-"Hangover" desire to be outrageous or by actions or situations entirely unrelated to normal human behavior, they usually wind up being more tiresome than tickling.

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Pope Francis addresses the governing council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development at the headquarters of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome Feb. 14, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-IFAD-HUNGER Feb. 14, 2019.

Pope calls on world leaders to eradicate poverty, hunger

Sustainable development in rural areas is key to making poverty and hunger a thing of the past, Pope Francis said.

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Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School attend a memorial Feb. 15, 2018, following a school shooting in Parkland, Fla. Feb. 14 marks the first anniversary of the shooting that killed 14 students and three staff members at the school. (CNS photo/Thom Baur, Reuters)

Florida Catholic school’s prayer service marks school shooting anniversary

One day before the anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, neighboring Mary Help of Christians School held a prayer service to pay tribute to the victims.

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A marquee for Covington Catholic High School is seen Jan. 23 in Park Hills, Ky. Days after an encounter took place between Covington Catholic High School students and a Native American tribal leader in Washington, the Diocese of Covington announced it would begin a third-party investigation into what happened at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial following the annual March for Life Jan. 18. (CNS photo/Madalyn McGarvey, Reuters)

Report finds no evidence of racist statements from Covington students

An independent investigation into the much-discussed encounter that went viral between Catholic high school students, a Native American tribal leader and members of another protest group on the Lincoln Memorial grounds in Washington in January found no evidence that the students of Kentucky's Covington Catholic High School issued "offensive or racist statements."

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Actress Nina Hibble-Webster, right, portrays Father Augustus Tolton's mother in the movie "Across," written and directed by filmmaker Chris Foley of Nashville, Tenn. The short film tells the story of Father Tolton, who was the first African-American priest ordained for a U.S. diocese and who is a candidate for sainthood. (CNS photo/courtesy Director Christopher Foley)

Filmmaker’s new movie ‘Across’ tells story of Father Augustus Tolton

Father Augustus Tolton, the first African-American priest ordained for a diocese in the United States, was born into slavery and endured myriad obstacles, both inside the Catholic Church and out, as he relentlessly followed his call from God.

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Catholic young adults pray over Bishop Anthony B. Taylor of Little Rock, Ark., at the Fifth National Encuentro in Grapevine, Texas, Sept. 21, 2018. Bishop Taylor Feb. 8 released an updated list of people who had assignments in Arkansas and against whom credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor were filed. (CNS photo/James Ramos, Texas Catholic Herald)

Arkansas diocese updates clergy abuse report after independent review

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor released an updated list of people who had assignments in Arkansas and against whom credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor were filed.

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