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John Bland, second from right, executive director of the nonprofit Amigos for Christ, celebrates availability of clean water July 14 with Dona Liliam of Las Torres, Nicaragua. (CNS photo/courtesy Amigos for Christ) See NICARAGUA-AMIGOS-CHRIST July 18, 2018.

Amigos for Christ continues work in Nicaragua amid political turmoil

The Buford-based Amigos for Christ nonprofit serving Nicaragua's poorest has canceled all summer mission trips due to an upsurge in violence in the Central American country.

Francesca Cencia maps the restoration of a fresco of the crucified Jesus above the Holy Stairs at the Pontifical Sanctuary of the Holy Stairs in Rome July 10. Vatican restorers are completing the final phase of a 20-year effort to restore 16th-century artwork at the sanctuary. Tradition maintains that Jesus climbed the stairs when Pilate brought him before the crowd. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See VATICAN-LETTER-HOLY-STAIRS July 18, 2018.

Dark to light: Buried under scaffolding, Holy Stairs set for resurrection

With large sheets of plain plywood blocking public access to the Holy Stairs, one woman lovingly touched a large color photograph of the stairs, made the sign of the cross, lowered her head and prayed.

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A crew member of the Spanish nongovernmental organization Proactiva Open Arms comforts a rescued African migrant July 17 in central Mediterranean Sea. The main mission of the NGO is sea rescues of refugees that arrive in Europe fleeing wars, persecution or poverty. (CNS photo/Juan Medina, Reuters)

Pulled from the sea, migrant’s rescue puts spotlight on Italian policy

Tweeting with hashtags that translate as "Closed ports" and "Open hearts," Italy's interior minister disputed claims that the Italian government was complicit in leaving a migrant to die in the Mediterranean Sea as she clung to a board from a destroyed fishing boat.

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An unidentified Indian woman, allegedly an employee at a home run by Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, is seen in police custody after she was arrested in Jharkhand, India, July 5. Anima Indwar, who worked for the nuns in Jharkhand, was handed over to police in early July after she admitted that procedures had not been followed in transferring children to Jharkhand state's Child Welfare Committee. (CNS photo/EPA) See INDIA-MISSIONARIES-PREMA July 17, 2018.

India’s Sister Prema condemns trafficking, says nuns not involved

Facing child trafficking allegations at one of its homes for unmarried mothers in India, the Missionaries of Charity said the order condemns the actions of individuals involved and stressed that these are unrelated to the order.

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Javier, a 30-year-old immigrant from Honduras, kisses his 4-year-old son, William, July 11 in New York when they were reunited after being separated for 55 days during detention at the Texas border. (CNS photo/Lucas Jackson, Reuters) See IMMIGRATION-POLICY-FIX July 13, 2018.

If it is broke, fix it: Ideas on reshaping U.S. immigration policy

In 2008, Kenan Thompson of "Saturday Night Live" unveiled a "financial expert" character named Oscar Rogers on the "Weekend Update" segment. His advice on the economy, shouted loudly and often as the nation was careening into the Great Recession, was "Fix it!"

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is pictured in a 2016 photo. The state's Catholic bishops, Bishops J. Mark Spalding of Nashville, Richard F. Stika of Knoxville and Martin D. Holley of Memphis, have written to Haslam urging him to "use your authority as governor to put an end to the fast-track executions planned" in the state in the upcoming months. (CNS photo/Mike Theiler, pool via Reuters) See BISHOPS-DEATH-PENALTY July 16, 2018.

Tennessee’s Catholic bishops urge governor to halt upcoming executions

Bishops J. Mark Spalding of Nashville, Richard F. Stika of Knoxville and Martin D. Holley of Memphis have written to Gov. Bill Haslam urging him to "use your authority as governor to put an end to the fast-track executions planned" in the state of Tennessee in the upcoming months.

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Dominican Sister Donna Markham, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, and Bishop Edward J. Weisenburger of Tucson, Ariz., pray July 12 with a young family moments before they leave Casa Alitas, a family shelter in Tucson, for a bus trip that will take them to family in Baltimore. (CNS photo/Michael Brown, Catholic Outlook) See BORDER-MARKHAM July 13, 2018.

Charities’ CEO visits border, hears immigrants’ stories of fleeing danger

Dominican Sister Donna Markham, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, grew emotional talking about the harrowing stories she heard from immigrants about the life they left behind to seek refuge in the United States.

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Chilean prosecutor Emiliano Arias is seen June 13 after a meeting with special Vatican envoys Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta and Father Jordi Bertomeu Farnos at the Apostolic Nunciature in Santiago. Arias announced July 12 that authorities arrested Father Oscar Munoz Toledo, the former chancellor, following allegations that he abused seven minors in Santiago and Rancagua since 2002. (CNS photo/Rodrigo Garrido, Reuters) See CHILE-CHANCELLOR-ABUSE July 13, 2018.

Ex-chancellor of Santiago archdiocese arrested on abuse charges

As the Catholic Church in Chile continues to reel from allegations of clerical sexual abuse and cover-ups, police arrested the former chancellor of the Archdiocese of Santiago on accusations he sexually abused minors.

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The U.S. Supreme Court is seen in Washington July 9. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

If confirmed, Kavanaugh will keep Catholic majority in Supreme Court

When Brett Kavanaugh took to the podium July 9 at the White House after being introduced as President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, he revealed, among other things, that his Catholic faith is a big part of his life.

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Amy Bass, a history professor and director of the honors program at the Ursuline-run College of New Rochelle in New York, is pictured in an 2017 photo. Bass is the author of "One Goal: A Coach, a Team, and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together." (CNS photo/Rodney Bedsole, courtesy Amy Bass)

Catholic college prof’s true-to-life soccer book optioned by Netflix

When most people connect sports to Lewiston, Maine -- if they ever do -- they probably think of Muhammad Ali defending his World Boxing Council heavyweight title, knocking out Sonny Liston, the man from whom he took it, in the first round in 1965.

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