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A road is blocked by police tape April 18 after multiple victims were fatally shot in Fresno, Calif. Community members and faith leaders held a prayer vigil in the alley behind the Catholic Charities' Fresno Family Resource Center to honor the three shooting victims that were killed that day. (CNS photo/Reuters)

After shooting, Fresno Catholics urged to be a light to community

After three men were killed April 18 in a shooting rampage in Fresno by a gunman who was captured and admitted to the shootings, the Diocese of Fresno urged the local Catholic community to "seize this moment as an opportunity to live as people of light not darkness by rejecting the temptation to hate the hater."

Pope Francis meets with the superiors of the four main men’s branches of the Franciscan family at the Vatican April 10. From left are Marco Tasca, minister general of the Conventual Franciscans; Mauro Johri, minister general of the Capuchins; Fathers Michael Perry, minister general of the Order of Friars Minor; and Nicholas Polichnowski, minister general of the Third Order Regulars. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

All hands on deck: Franciscan idea can expand church leadership pool

For St. Francis of Assisi, following Christ meant imitating his humility and forsaking riches, power and status; the men who call themselves Franciscans today believe they are called to embrace the same attitudes, including in their governance.

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Portuguese shepherd children Lucia dos Santos, center, and her cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, are seen in a file photo taken around the time of the 1917 apparitions of Mary at Fatima. (CNS photo/EPA)

Pope to canonize Fatima seers May 13; October date for other saints

Pope Francis will declare the sainthood of Blessed Jacinta Marto and Blessed Francisco Marto, two of the shepherd children who saw Mary in Fatima, Portugal, during his visit to the site of the apparitions May 13.

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Pallbearers carry the casket of Daniel Rooney, chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers, after his funeral Mass at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh April 17. (CNS photo/Chuck Austin, Pittsburgh Catholic)

Steelers chairman Rooney recalled for quiet strength based on his faith

One reason there is such affection for Dan Rooney, said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, is that he was clearly a man of the people, a person of western Pennsylvania and a quintessential Pittsburgher.

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Volunteers serve guests lunch in the main dining hall of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in 2016 in Phoenix. Leaders from dioceses and various Catholic organizations will gather July 1-4 in Orlando, Fla., for the "Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America" sponsored by the U.S. bishops.(CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

Not just another ‘trade meeting,’ convocation seeks to unify U.S. church

This summer's Convocation of Catholic Leaders comes at a time when the U.S. Catholic Church is seeking how best to respond to a changing social landscape while bringing Pope Francis' vision for a church that offers mercy and joy to the world.

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Retired Pope Benedict XVI enjoys a beer during his his 90th birthday celebration April 17 at the Vatican. Also pictured is his brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, at the pope's left, and Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the papal household, in rear. The German pontiff's birthday was the previous day. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

Pope Benedict celebrates birthday with Bavarian guests, beer, pretzels

A bit of Bavaria, including German beer and pretzels, came to the Vatican to help celebrate retired Pope Benedict XVI's 90th birthday.

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Pope Francis enters the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels in Assisi, Italy, Aug. 4. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

New Assisi shrine is reminder to shed attachment to money, pope says

Like St. Francis of Assisi did, the Catholic Church and individual Christians must follow Christ by imitating his willingness to give up everything for the sake of others, Pope Francis said.

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Charlotte Le Bon, Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale star in a scene from the movie "The Promise." The film dramatizes the genocide of Armenians in the Turkish-ruled Ottoman Empire at the outset of World War I. (CNS photo/Open Road Films)

New film on Armenian genocide took two years to make, longer to realize

"The Promise," a film dramatizing the genocide of Armenians in the Turkish-ruled Ottoman Empire at the outset of World War I, was two years in the making, but probably a half-century in the idea stage, according to George Winter, one of the movie's producers.

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Pope Francis walks past flowers as he celebrates Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 16. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Risen Christ calls all to follow him on path to life, pope says

Jesus is the risen shepherd who takes upon his shoulders "our brothers and sisters crushed by evil in all its varied forms," Pope Francis said before giving his solemn Easter blessing.

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Dolores McKeough holds a cross as she and fellow participants pray during the 35th annual Pax Christi Metro New York Way of the Cross/Way of Peace April 14 in New York City. "Jesus Calls Us to Active Nonviolence" was the theme of this year's Good Friday commemoration.

U.S. Catholics urged to use Passion as motivation to ‘change the world’

As U.S. Catholics prepared for Easter, the hierarchy of the church used the symbol of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ as a path to bring peace to society's troubled spots.

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