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People participate in the free community meal Aug. 14 offered by Bistro 163 in Port Clinton, Ohio. Started by members of local churches, the restaurant is part of a growing network of community cafes that urge patrons to pay a bit more than the suggested price for a meal so those who cannot afford to pay can still eat. (CNS photo/Dennis Sadowski) See HUNGER-COMMUNITY-CAFE Aug. 16, 2017.

Ohio community cafe responds to hunger while building a following

Bow tie pasta with Chardonnay cheese sauce, fresh focaccia topped with herbs, a salad of fresh locally grown greens and made-from-scratch bread pudding aren't the usual fare for people in need of a free meal.

A painting of Blessed Oscar Romero is seen on a wall in San Salvador, El Salvador, March 24. The assassinated archbishop would have been 100 years old Aug. 15. (CNS photo/Rodigro Sura, EPA) See SALVADOR-ROMERO-EZZATI Aug. 15, 2017.

Papal envoy calls Blessed Romero ‘martyr of hope’

Blessed Oscar Romero, the murdered archbishop of San Salvador, is a martyr of hope, said Chilean Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, Pope Francis' envoy to the celebration of the centennial of the archbishop's birth.

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Yezidis in Sinjar, Iraq, attend a commemoration Aug. 3 to mark three years since the Islamic State launched what the United Nations called a genocidal campaign against them. The Trump administration has renewed its commitment to protecting religious minority groups threatened by IS in the Middle East, says a new State Department report on international religious freedom released Aug. 15. (CNS photo/Suhaib Salem, Reuters) See INTERNATIONAL-RELIGIOUS-FREEDOM-REPORT Aug. 15, 2017.

Genocide of Christians continues in Middle East, says new U.S. report

The Trump administration renews its commitment to the protection of religious minority groups threatened by the Islamic State in the Middle East, according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in the preface of the annual State Department report on international religious freedom, released Aug. 15.

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People listen to Pope Francis' Angelus prayer during the feast of the Assumption, Aug. 15, at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters) See POPE-ANGELUS-MARY Aug. 15, 2017.

Pope entrusts to Mary victims of disasters, conflict, social tension

In a week in which natural disasters, war and racial conflicts dominated the headlines, Pope Francis prayed that Mary would bring peace to a divided world.

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Catholics on Guam pray for peace amid threats by North Korea

The Catholic Church on Guam is urging its members and all people on the island to be prayerful and stay centered in Christ amid threats of missile attacks by North Korea.

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Blessed Oscar Romero is seen in an undated photo. The celebrations of the 100th anniversary Blessed Romero's birth should be a time to reflect on what it really means to call someone a martyr, said Cardinal Gregorio Rosa Chavez. (CNS photo/Octavio Duran) See CHAVEZ-ROMERO-MARTYRS Aug. 11, 2017.

Cardinal calls Salvadorans to reflect on true meaning of martyrdom

The celebrations of the 100th anniversary Blessed Oscar Romero's birth should be a time to reflect on what it really means to call someone a martyr, said Cardinal Gregorio Rosa Chavez of San Salvador.

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Seven-year-old Walter Escobar of Texas holds a photo of his family, including his father, Jose Escobar, who was deported from the U.S., during a late March news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Experts say law-abiding migrants are at greater risk of deportation under President Donald Trump. (CNS photo/Michael Reynolds, EPA)

Experts say law-abiding migrants at greater deportation risk under Trump

The stories come in dribs and drabs on the evening news or in timelines via Twitter, but they're steady.

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A displaced Iraqi Christian family is seen in 2014 at a camp in Irbil. Mideast Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs decried the desperate situation they face as shepherds of churches "whose existence is in real danger." (CNS photo/Ahmed Jalill, EPA)

Catholic, Orthodox patriarchs seek help, say Mideast churches in danger

Mideast Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs decried the desperate situation they face as shepherds of churches "whose existence is in real danger."

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A man holds a candle in front of a portrait of Sister Ruth Katharina Martha Pfau, a German-born member of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, following her Aug. 10 death in Karachi, Pakistan. Sister Ruth, a physician, devoted her life to the eradication of leprosy in Pakistan. (CNS photo/Shahzaib Akber, EPA)

Nun known as ‘Mother Teresa of Pakistan’ to receive state funeral

The government of Pakistan will accord a state funeral to Sister Ruth Katharina Martha Pfau, a German-born member of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary who devoted her life to eradicating leprosy in Pakistan.

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Nuclear war protesters demonstrate outside the White House in Washington Aug. 9. Church officials called for dialogue to ease U.S.-North Korea tensions. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

Bishop Cantu calls for diplomacy to ease U.S.-North Korea differences

Diplomacy and political engagement are necessary to resolve the differences between the United States and North Korea and avoid a military conflict, the chairman of a U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops committee said in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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