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Pope Francis arrives Feb. 18 at the Pauline Fathers' retreat and conference center in Ariccia, a town about 20 miles southeast of Rome. The pope and senior members of the Roman Curia were having their annual Lenten retreat Feb. 18-23. (CNS photo/Vatican Media) See POPE-ANGELUS-RETREAT Feb. 20, 2018.

Thirsty souls are quenched by God, not world, priest tells pope, Curia

The yearning for one's soul to be quenched must not be confused with longing for worldly desires, a Portuguese priest told Pope Francis and senior members of the Roman Curia during their Lenten retreat.

Orphan children are seen during an art lesson about solidarity in Douma, Syria, Dec. 19, 2017. Pope Francis told a group of children and young people at the Vatican that often when people are unable to love or accept a child with problems or illness, it is because they are too weak themselves to be able to bear someone else's vulnerabilities. On Feb. 19 the Vatican released a written transcript of the pope's Jan. 4 remarks. (CNS photo/Mohammed Badra, EPA) See POPE-ORPHANS-WHY Feb. 20, 2018.

Pope reassures foster kids that life events can make adults ‘fragile’

When people are unable to love or accept a child with problems or illness, many times it's because they are too weak themselves to be able to bear someone else's vulnerabilities, Pope Francis told a group of children and young people who are wards of the state.

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U.S. bishops declare national call-in day to urge Congress to save DACA

After the Senate failed Feb. 15 to garner the 60 votes needed to move a bill forward to protect the "Dreamers," officials of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced a "National Catholic Call-In Day to Protect Dreamers" Feb. 26.

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Parishioners of Mary Help of Christians Church in Parkland, Fla., pray during an outdoor Stations of the Cross service Feb. 16 dedicated to the victims and survivors of the deadly mass shooting at nearby Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. At least 17 people were killed when 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz stormed the school with an AR-15 semi-atomic style weapon. At least one member of the parish was among those killed, according to the parish administrator. (CNS photo/Tom Tracy) See story to come.

Church’s Lenten observance dedicated to shooting victims, their families

A parish community less than two miles away and directly impacted by the Feb. 14 school shooting at a Broward County high school is finding new purpose in Lent this year, according to the parish administrator.

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Pope Francis answers questions from journalists aboard his flight from Lima, Peru, to Rome Jan. 21. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-PRESS-CHILE-PERU Jan. 22, 2018.

Pope renews membership of child protection commission

Pope Francis has named nine new members to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, including abuse survivors or the parents of survivors, the Vatican said.

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Demonstrators calling for new protections for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program gather outside the U.S. Capitol in late January in Washington. (CNS photo/Jim Lo Scalzo, EPA) See DACA-CONGRESS Feb. 16, 2018.

Catholics urged to appeal to lawmakers in Congress to pass DACA bill now

By day's end Feb. 15, members of the U.S. Senate had rejected four immigration proposals, leaving it unclear how lawmakers will address overall immigration reform and keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in place.

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Hognob, voiced by Nick Park, and Dug, voiced by Eddie Redmayne, appear in the animated movie "Early Man." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.(CNS photo/Lionsgate) See MOVIE-REVIEW-EARLY-MAN Feb. 16, 2018.

Early Man

Nick Park, the creative genius behind so many Aardman Animations claymation comedies spanning more than two decades, finally makes his feature-length directing debut with "Early Man" (Lionsgate).

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Armed members of the Mexican Army and state police arrive in Chilapa in 2016 to participate in an operation against organized crime. An order of nuns has withdrawn from the especially violent city after the parents and sister of one of the women religious was kidnapped and killed. (CNS photo/Francisca Meza, EPA)

Nuns withdraw from ministry in Mexican city wrought by violence

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Florida school shooting an act of ‘horrifying evil,’ says Miami archbishop

Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski urged community members to come together "to support one another in this time of grief" after a shooting rampage Feb. 14 at a Broward County high school left at least 17 people dead.

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Brian and Harvest Gionta are seen with their daughter Leah Feb. 10 at the Olympic hockey training facility in Gangneung, South Korea. Brian Gionta is a Catholic from Rochester, N.Y., who is captain on the U.S. men's hockey team competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics. (CNS photo/David W Cerny, Reuters)

Captain of men’s Olympic hockey team played for Catholic schools first

Brian Gionta, captain of the U.S. men's Olympic ice hockey team, competed in the 2006 Winter Games and played on three NHL teams, but his skating roots go back to his Catholic high school and college teams.

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