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A woman distributes ice cream cones donated by Pope Francis at a Sant'Egidio soup kitchen in Rome April 23. In honor of his name day, the feast of St. George, the pope donated 3,000 servings of ice cream to soup kitchens and homeless shelters around Rome. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-GELATO-SANTEGIDIO April 23, 2018.

Raise a cone: Rome’s poor celebrate pope’s name day with gelato

Cones raised in the air, the crowd gathered for dinner at the Sant'Egidio Community's soup kitchen toasted Pope Francis on his name day, the feast of St. George.

Tom Evans, father of the seriously ill child Alfie Evans, kisses Pope Francis' hand during a private audience in the Domus Sanctae Marthae at the Vatican April 18. Evans pleaded for "asylum" for his son in Italy so he may receive care and not be euthanized in England. Italy granted asylum April 23. (CNS photo/Vatican Media) See ITALY-CITIZENSHIP-ALFIE April 23, 2018.

Italy grants citizenship to Alfie Evans in attempt to guarantee his care

The Italian government granted citizenship to Alfie Evans, a seriously ill British toddler, in a last-minute effort to prevent doctors in England from withdrawing life-support.

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People demonstrate near a cobblestone barricade in Managua, Nicaragua, April 21. Pope Francis called for an end to violence in Nicaragua after several days of protests against proposed social security legislation led to the deaths of more than two dozen people. (CNS photo/Jorge Torres, EPA) See POPE-NICARAGUA-PROTESTS April 23, 2018.

Pope calls for end to ‘needless bloodshed’ in Nicaragua

Pope Francis called for an end to violence in Nicaragua after several days of protests against proposed social security legislation led to the deaths of more than two dozen people.

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Students at Archbishop McNicholas High School in Cincinnati made these crosses as part of the school's "Day of Reflection for Peace" April 20. Many students across the country were participating that day in the National School Walkout to protest gun violence and mark the 19th anniversary of the school shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado. (CNS photo/Archbishop McNicholas High School)

Some Catholic schools focus on prayer, dialogue during April walkout

Some Catholic schools across the country treated the National School Walkout April 20 -- commemorating the 19th anniversary of the school shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado -- much like how they responded to the March 14 walkout marking one month since the Parkland, Florida, school shooting: with prayer and dialogue on school grounds.

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This is a still of DC Comics series "Superman in Action Comics No. 1,000." 2018 marks eight decades since the first appearance of Superman in Action Comics No. 1. (CNS photo/DC Comics) See MEDIA-NOTEBOOK-SUPERMAN April 20, 2018.

Great Caesar’s ghost! Superman turns 80

Look! Up in the sky! It's Superman! And he's 80!

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Cardinal Gregorio Rosa Chavez and Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar Alas, both of El Salvador, and Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski participate in a discussion about El Salvador's root causes of poverty, violence and migration at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington April 13. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

A painful history strengthens bond of church in the U.S. and El Salvador

In the halls of Congress, they stood side by side, a prominent archbishop from the U.S. with a delegation of four high-ranking Salvadoran prelates in tow, including the first cardinal in the country's history. 

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The Peace House, the venue for the summit between the Koreas, is pictured April 18 at the truce village of Panmunjom inside the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea. Leaders of both Koreas will meet April 27 for a historic summit just inside South Korean territory. (CNS photo/Kim Hong-Ji, Reuters)

South Korean bishop hopes North-South summit brings results

Bishop Peter Lee Ki-heon of Uijeongbu has been waiting years for this moment, with the leaders of the two divided Koreas poised to meet for a historic summit just inside South Korean territory April 27.

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Sergio Guidi, president of the Italian tree conservation association, "Patriarchi della Natura," presents a potted tree to Pope Francis at his general audience April 18. The association presented eight saplings from tree species that are threatened or endangered with extinction. The saplings were planted in the Vatican Gardens. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

Be fruitful and multiply: Threatened trees planted in Vatican Gardens

The Vatican Gardens has branched out and added a small orchard to its hillsides, becoming a safe haven for a number of endangered native Italian fruit and nut tree species.

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Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board examine damage to the engine of a Southwest Airlines plane in Philadelphia April 17. Flight 1380 took off that morning from LaGuardia in New York, bound for Dallas, when the engine broke apart in midair and burst through a window, sucking passenger Jennifer Riordan partially out. She later died from her injuries. Riordan was a parishioner at Annunciation Catholic Church in Albuquerque, N.M., the Archdiocese of Santa Fe said in a statement. (CNS photo/NTSB handout via Reuters)

Mother killed on Southwest flight was firm believer in Catholic schools

Tributes from business leaders and politicians alike described Jennifer Riordan -- the 43-year-old passenger who died April 17 from injuries suffered on Southwest Flight 1380 when its engine exploded -- as a devoted mother, community leader, mentor and volunteer.

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Former first lady Barbara Bush, the wife of one U.S. president and the mother of another, died April 17 at age 92 at her home in Houston. She is pictured in a 2006 photo. (CNS photo/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters)

A great lady who was the first lady

Following the April 17 death of Barbara Bush, we are offering a bonus guest commentary about the former first lady written by Richard Szczepanowski, a reporter for the Catholic Standard, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Washington.

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