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Inmates at Louisiana prison built casket for Billy Graham

In 1995, as inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola lowered the makeshift, cardboard casket containing the body of fellow inmate Joseph Siegel into freshly dug ground at the prison's cemetery, Siegel's body fell through the bottom of the coffin.

Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams star in a scene from the movie "Game Night." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. (CNS photo/Warner Bros.) See MOVIE-REVIEW-GAME-NIGHT Feb. 22, 2018.

Game Night

Family values and much enjoyable humor are offset by numerous distasteful jokes and an excess of vulgar language in the comedy "Game Night" (Warner Bros.).

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Pope Paul VI's address to the U.N. General Assembly in New York City in 1965 is depicted in a stained-glass window at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston, N.Y. Oct. 4 will mark the 50th anniversary of the speech. Pope Francis will address the General Assembly Sept. 25. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz) See PAPALTRIP-UN-ADDRESS Sept. 14, 2015.

Inspiring pope: Francis often speaks of Paul VI’s influence on him

While Pope Francis thinks Blessed Paul VI wrote "the greatest pastoral document that has ever been written," great writing does not make a pope a saint.

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Displaced people fleeing violent protests in Congo arrive Feb. 17 in Ntoroko, Uganda. Pope Francis has asked for prayers for peace, especially in Congo and South Sudan, Feb. 23. (CNS photo/James Akena, Reuters) See CONGO-BISHOPS-DISCREDIT Feb. 21, 2018.

U.S. Catholics urged to join pope in prayers for South Sudan, Congo

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops encouraged Catholics across the nation to join with Pope Francis Feb. 23 for a special day of prayer and fasting for peace, with special prayers for Congo and South Sudan.

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The Rev. Billy Graham, famed preacher who was best known for his televised evangelism broadcasts, died Feb. 21 at his home in North Carolina at age 99. He is pictured in a 2005 photo in New York. (CNS photo/Shannon Stapleton, Reuters) See OBIT-GRAHAM Feb. 21, 2018.

Rev. Graham dies; world famous evangelist was admired by most Americans

The Rev. Billy Graham, a fiery Baptist preacher who was easily the most famous evangelist of the 20th century and for decades one of the world figures most admired by Americans, died early Feb. 21 at his home in Montreat, according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He was 99.

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Sadhana Singh and My Ford Noel pose for a photo in their apartment in Washington Jan. 13. Singh is a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and Noel is living in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status. Both remain optimistic about their future, even though the Trump administration has ended DACA, asking Congress to continue it, and also ended TPS for select countries. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn) See DACA-TPS-FUTURE Feb. 14, 2018.

DACA, TPS recipients face uncertain future, but say their love will endure

Love has its ways. And so does Facebook. That's how Sadhana Singh and My Ford Noel met last April. She's a "Dreamer" attending Trinity Washington University. He moved to Washington from Palm Beach, Florida.

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Pope Francis arrives Feb. 18 at the Pauline Fathers' retreat and conference center in Ariccia, a town about 20 miles southeast of Rome. The pope and senior members of the Roman Curia were having their annual Lenten retreat Feb. 18-23. (CNS photo/Vatican Media) See POPE-ANGELUS-RETREAT Feb. 20, 2018.

Thirsty souls are quenched by God, not world, priest tells pope, Curia

The yearning for one's soul to be quenched must not be confused with longing for worldly desires, a Portuguese priest told Pope Francis and senior members of the Roman Curia during their Lenten retreat.

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Orphan children are seen during an art lesson about solidarity in Douma, Syria, Dec. 19, 2017. Pope Francis told a group of children and young people at the Vatican that often when people are unable to love or accept a child with problems or illness, it is because they are too weak themselves to be able to bear someone else's vulnerabilities. On Feb. 19 the Vatican released a written transcript of the pope's Jan. 4 remarks. (CNS photo/Mohammed Badra, EPA) See POPE-ORPHANS-WHY Feb. 20, 2018.

Pope reassures foster kids that life events can make adults ‘fragile’

When people are unable to love or accept a child with problems or illness, many times it's because they are too weak themselves to be able to bear someone else's vulnerabilities, Pope Francis told a group of children and young people who are wards of the state.

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U.S. bishops declare national call-in day to urge Congress to save DACA

After the Senate failed Feb. 15 to garner the 60 votes needed to move a bill forward to protect the "Dreamers," officials of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced a "National Catholic Call-In Day to Protect Dreamers" Feb. 26.

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Parishioners of Mary Help of Christians Church in Parkland, Fla., pray during an outdoor Stations of the Cross service Feb. 16 dedicated to the victims and survivors of the deadly mass shooting at nearby Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. At least 17 people were killed when 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz stormed the school with an AR-15 semi-atomic style weapon. At least one member of the parish was among those killed, according to the parish administrator. (CNS photo/Tom Tracy) See story to come.

Church’s Lenten observance dedicated to shooting victims, their families

A parish community less than two miles away and directly impacted by the Feb. 14 school shooting at a Broward County high school is finding new purpose in Lent this year, according to the parish administrator.

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