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U.S. Catholics asked ‘to accompany’ migrants, refugees seeking better life

The U.S. bishops in a pastoral reflection released March 22 called all Catholics to do what each of them can "to accompany migrants and refugees who seek a better life in the United States."

A woman carries food provided by U.S. Agency for International Development in Pajut, South Sudan, March 17. Catholic Relief Services is providing food assistance, with USAID funding, to communities and people who are returning to the area after being displaced during violence in 2013. (CNS photo/Nancy McNally, Catholic Relief Services)

Famine, worsened by war, threatens South Sudanese, official says

Some 5 million people in South Sudan—half of its total population—are on the brink of starvation and a quarter of a million children are already severely malnourished, a representative from the U.S. bishops' Catholic Relief Services said.

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Pilgrims cheer after the Way of the Cross during World Youth Day in 2016 at Blonia Park in Krakow, Poland. Young men and women can live a true experience of the church by joining together and reconnecting with the past, Pope Francis told Catholic young people in his message for the local observances of World Youth Day 2017. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Church experience more than just a cut-and-run flash mob, pope says

Young men and women can live a true experience of the church by joining together and reconnecting with the past, Pope Francis told Catholic young people.

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Catholic News Service

Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, retired archbishop of Prague, Czech Republic, died March 18 at the age of 84. Cardinal Vlk worked as a window cleaner while secretly carrying out his priestly ministry during the communist era. He is pictured arriving for a general congregation meeting prior to the election of a new pope at the Vatican in this March 7, 2013, file photo. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Czech Cardinal Vlk, former window-washer, clandestine priest, dies

Czech Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, who washed windows and ministered underground during communism, died of cancer March 18 in Prague at the age of 84.

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Catholic News Service

Pope Francis poses with Rwandan President Paul Kagame and his wife, Jeannette, during a private March 20 private meeting at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, pool via EPA)

Pope apologizes for Catholics’ participation in Rwanda genocide

Meeting Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Pope Francis asked God's forgiveness for the failures of the Catholic Church during the 1994 Rwanda genocide and for the hatred and violence perpetrated by some priests and religious.

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Pope Francis kneels before a priest to confess during a Lenten prayer service in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican March 17. (CNS photo/Andrew Medichini, Reuters pool)

Make confession more available, God’s heart is always open, pope says

Hear confession every time someone asks, Pope Francis said, and don't ever put limited hours on the sacrament of reconciliation.

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Catholic News Service

Pope Francis leads a Lenten penance service in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican March 17. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope presides over Lenten penance service at Vatican

A few hours after urging priests to be generously available for the sacrament of penance, Pope Francis went to confession, then offered the sacrament to seven Catholics.

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Catholic News Service

Kashmiri Pandit migrants hold placards and shout slogans as they protest in 2016 at the migrant relief commissioner office in Jammu, India. The Indian bishops' labor office has created an online system to register migrant workers, promote safe migration and help them in emergencies, reported ucanews.com. (CNS photo/Jaipal Singh, EPA)

Indian bishops set up online system to register migrants

The Indian bishops' labor office has created an online system to register migrant workers, promote safe migration and help them in emergencies, reported ucanews.com.

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Catholic News Service

Maria Escalona Devia, who works at Centro Vida Nueva, a local church-run health center in Santiago, Chile, poses for a photo March 10 at the center. (CNS photo/Jane Chambers)

In notorious Santiago community, church works to give people options

The residents of La Legua, Santiago's most notorious community, are never sure when the gunfights will begin.

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Catholic News Service

Native Americans lead a prayer for clean and safe air, water and land as well as the protection of their people Nov. 5 at Columbus Circle in New York City during a protest against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Organizers said the march was dedicated to the Standing Rock Sioux Nation in North Dakota as an act of solidarity against what tribe leaders see as invasion on indigenous people's sovereign land. (CNS photo/Isabelle Baldwin)

15,000 Catholics ask Trump to honor Paris climate agreement

Thousands of Catholics asked President Donald Trump to honor the Paris climate agreement, continue U.S. contributions to the Green Climate Fund and implement the Clean Power Plan governing power plant emissions.

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