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Rebel Wilson and Liam Hemsworth star in a scene from the movie

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.

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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A stained-glass window in Espiritu Santo Catholic Church in Safety Harbor, Fla., depicts a married couple's union. (CNS photo/Zita Ballinger Fletcher)

Weeklong observance in U.S. celebrates ‘beauty and gift of marriage’

National Marriage Week USA and World Marriage Day are opportunities for "building a culture of life and love that begins with promoting and defending marriage and the family," said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia.

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Lupita Nyong'o and Chadwick Boseman star in a scene from the movie "Black Panther." 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. The film is one of the Media Review Office of Catholic News Service's picks for 2018's top 10 movies overall. (CNS photo/Walt Disney Pictures)

Top 10 movies and family films of 2018

2018 was an especially strong year both for documentaries and for fictional films exploring real-life issues, the ramifications of racism in particular. Other timely topics included the place of social media in contemporary life and the centennial of the end of World War I.

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Pope Francis and Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb, grand imam of Egypt's al-Azhar mosque and university, sign documents during an interreligious meeting at the Founder's Memorial in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 4, 2019. The pope and Sheik el-Tayeb stepped into a theological debate on the will of God toward religions when they signed a document on "human fraternity" and improving Christian-Muslim relations. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

U.S. Catholic officials welcome Catholic-Muslim document signed by pope

The declaration signed by Pope Francis and Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb, the grand imam of al-Azhar, during the pope's trip to the United Arab Emirates "is a clarion call for robust dialogue that leads to peace," said the Catholic chairman of the National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue and the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.

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Pope Francis accepts a gift during an audience with members of the Missionaries of Africa and the Missionaries of Our Lady of Africa at the Vatican Feb. 8, 2019. (CNS photo/Vatican Media) See POPE-MISSIONARIES-AFRICA Feb. 8, 2019.

Witness, discipleship are key to missionary work, pope says

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