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A man poses a question on health care to U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance, R-N.J., during a town hall meeting May 30 in Cranford, N.J.

Bishop: ‘Fundamental defects’ persist in Senate’s version of health bill

The Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act contains "many of the fundamental defects" that appeared in the House-passed American Health Care Act "and even further compounds them," said the bishop who heads the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

Father Stanley Rother, a priest of the Oklahoma City Archdiocese who was brutally murdered in 1981 in the Guatemalan village where he ministered to the poor, is shown baptizing a child in this undated photo. The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City announced the North American priest will be beatified Sept. 23 in Oklahoma. (CNS)

Trailer released for Father Rother documentary

The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City has released a three-minute trailer to a forthcoming documentary on Father Stanley Rother, a U.S. priest who worked in Guatemala for 14 years until he was brutally murdered in 1981 and who will beatified in September.

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Film director Martin Scorsese speaks with New York Times journalist Paul Elie in front of an audience at the Catholic Media Conference in Quebec City June 21 following a screening of his new movie "Silence." (CNS photo/Chaz Muth)

Scorsese says a boyhood of church and movies continues to inspire him

Faith and films have been lifelong obsessions for director Martin Scorsese, obsessions that he said have given him moments of peace amid turmoil, but also challenges and frustrations that, in hindsight, he will accept as lessons in humility.

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South Sudanese Catholics pray during Mass in 2011 at a church in Juba. Pope Francis has donated about $500,000 dollars to church charities in the violence-afflicted country to show solidarity. (CNS photo/ Mohmaed Messara, EPA)

In lieu of visit, pope makes major donation to South Sudan charities

With a trip to South Sudan postponed indefinitely, Pope Francis is sending close to a half-million dollars to help two church-run hospitals, a teacher training center and farming projects for families as a way to show the people there his solidarity and support.

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‘Be with the People’

For Deacon Colin, it’s the key to being a pastor. By Toni Cashnelli

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A police officer stands in front of messages and tributes June 19 left near where a man died and 10 people were injured after a van was rammed into a crowd of worshippers near a mosque in north London. A 48-year-old man was arrested in the collision with pedestrians outside the Muslim Welfare House, police said. (CNS photo/Kevin Coombs, Reuters)

USCCB leaders decry attack outside London mosque, pray for victims

The U.S. Catholic bishops "unequivocally reject" acts of violence such as the attack outside a London mosque and pleaded with all people "to cease from committing or plotting to commit further acts."

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U.S. President Donald Trump announces his Cuba policy July 16 at the Manuel Artime Theater in Little Havana, a neighborhood of Miami. (CNS photo/Joe Skipper, Reuters).

Catholic church leaders call for dialogue between the U.S. and Cuba

The retired Catholic archbishop of Havana called for dialogue between the United States and Cuba, and said it's the only way in which past and present problems can be solved.

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Pope Francis is seen during the Rome Diocese's annual convention at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome June 19. (CNS photo/Giorgio Onorati,

Pope: Don’t pretend to be teens; help youths see blessings of adulthood

Instead of "pretending to be adolescents," parents must help young people see the blessing of growing into adulthood, Pope Francis told priests, religious, catechists and parish council members from the Diocese of Rome.

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Syrian refugees arrive at a camp in 2016 in Royashed, Jordan. Promised resettlement in the United States, many Syrian refugees are frustrated and angry over President Donald Trump's executive action banning their entry to the U.S. until further notice. (CNS photo/Jamal Nasrallah, EPA)

Pope: End fear, false beliefs about refugees by getting to know them

Getting to know someone who is a refugee can wipe away fears and dismantle distorted ideologies, Pope Francis said.

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A man fishes along the Malecon Boulevard seafront in Havana Sept. 21, 2015. To help young Cubans who could not afford the trip to World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, feel more connected to the international gathering in Europe, the pope sent a video message to Havana. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

Trump in announcement on Cuba policy unclear about changes he’ll make

It was hard to tell what changes were made to U.S. policy toward the island of Cuba from President Donald Trump's June 16 speech in Miami, but what couldn't be missed was the tone he took toward its government.

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