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Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio, leads the opening prayer Sept. 20 during the Fifth National Encuentro, or V Encuentro, in Grapevine, Texas. The Sept. 20-23 event is a gathering of more than 3,200 Hispanic Catholic leaders and about 125 bishops from across the country. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn) See V-ENCUENTRO-PROCESSION-OPENING Sept. 21, 2018.

Encuentro opens with procession, papal message, prayers for abuse victims

A video message from Pope Francis and a procession of Encuentro crosses representing all of the participating episcopal regions were the highlights during the first day of the National Fifth Encuentro gathering taking place Sept. 20-23 in Grapevine.

Pope Francis speaks during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sept. 19. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-AUDIENCE-PARENTS Sept. 19, 2018.

Some cry ‘scandal’ to cover their own failings, pope says

While God's holy church is made up of sinners, it also has its share of hypocrites who love to cry "scandal" to point out the failings of others and make themselves appear pure, Pope Francis said at morning Mass.

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Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro and Jack Black star in a scene from the movie "The House With a Clock in Its Walls." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children. (CNS photo/Universal) See MOVIE-REVIEW-HOUSE-CLOCK-WALLS Sept. 19, 2018.

The House With a Clock in Its Walls

For all its spells and incantations, the witchcraft-themed fantasy "The House With a Clock in Its Walls" (Universal) lacks magic. Though some of the humor works, the film makes little impression and registers as only passable entertainment.

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Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, gives the opening prayer Nov. 13 at the bishops' fall general assembly in Baltimore. Also pictured are Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB president, and Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield, USCCB general secretary. (CNS photo/Bob Roller) See USCCB-ABUSE-SCANDAL-ACTION Sept. 19, 2018.

Church plans third-party abuse reporting system, code of conduct

Pledging to "heal and protect with every bit of the strength God provides us," the U.S. bishops' Administrative Committee Sept. 19 outlined actions to address the abuse crisis, including approving the establishment of a third-party confidential reporting system for claims of any abuse by bishops.

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Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sept. 19. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-AUDIENCE-PARENTS Sept. 19, 2018.

Be grateful to parents, never insult them, pope says

Honoring mothers and fathers means being grateful for the gift of life and Christians should never insult anyone's parents, Pope Francis said.

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Repairs continue to the buildings on the grounds of St Anne's Chapel in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands in this June photo. (CNS photo/courtesy Diocese of St Thomas) See USVI-HURRICANES-RECOVERY Sept. 18, 2018.

Virgin Islands diocese still recovering from 2017 double hurricanes

One year after Hurricanes Irma and Maria smashed through the Virgin Islands, people remain jittery about the rest of the 2018 hurricane season.

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Residents of Carobell, a home for intellectually disabled people in Jacksonville, N.C., take refuge Sept. 16 at Holy Angels in Belmont after Hurricane Florence forced them from their home. Forty-six residents and staff of Carobell left the small town of Hubert Sept. 12 in a caravan of 11 vehicles, slowly making the 260-mile trek to Holy Angels, their designated emergency safe site. (CNS photo/courtesy Holy Angels) See REFUGE-FLORENCE-MERCY-SISTERS Sept. 18, 2018.

Mercy sisters’ home provides refuge during Florence

Holy Angels, a home in Belmont for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, lived up to its reputation of hospitality, sheltering a group of medically fragile North Carolinians fleeing from Tropical Storm Florence.

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Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta speaks to the media in Late June in Santiago, Chile. (CNS photo/Alberto Valdes, EPA) See ABUSE-SCICLUNA-OUELLET Sept. 17, 2018.

Words, promises are not enough to prevent abuse, archbishop says

Inviting presidents of the world's bishops' conference to the Vatican to discuss abuse prevention reflects an understanding that "lovely" words and promises are not enough -- concrete, concerted action by the whole church is needed, said Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta.

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British Bishop Richard Moth of Arundel and Brighton, lower, skydives from 15,000 feet harnessed to an instructor. The bishop jumped Sept. 14 to raise money to send pilgrims from his diocese to the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in France. (CNS photo courtesy of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton) See BISHOP-MOTH-SKYDIVE Sept. 17, 2018.

Bishop takes a (sky) dive to get pilgrims to Lourdes

"The Moth has landed," tweeted the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton. The tweet Sept. 14 and a similar post on the diocesan Facebook page was meant to assure people that 60-year-old Bishop Richard Moth of Arundel and Brighton had fulfilled his pledge to go skydiving and had completed the task successfully and unharmed.

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David Marosek of Oshkosh, Wis., is pictured with Jayne Syrjamaki and Shelly Sedo outside of Lambeau Field Sept. 9 in Green Bay. Marosek, who has terminal cancer, was granted a wish to attend a Packers game. Syrjamaki, a hospice volunteer coordinator, contacted the Green Bay Diocese to help make Marosek's wish come true. (CNS photo/Sam Lucero, The Compass) See PACKER-FAN-WISH-GRANTED Sept. 14, 2018.

Packers fan with months to live sees game with aid from hospice, diocese

When David Marosek, who had been battling stage 4 rectal cancer since July 2016, got the news in April his cancer had returned and spread into his lungs and spine, it was a depressing time.

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