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Firefighters battle a massive wildfire Dec. 10 near Ojai, Calif. (CNS photo/Gene Blevins, Reuters)

Friars in historic California mission briefly evacuate after fire fears

Franciscan friars from a historic mission were among the thousands of residents who evacuated, seeking shelter during a spate of wildfires that threatened California in December.

Luigj Mila, general secretary of Albania's Justice and Peace Commission, poses for a photo Dec. 5 at the former Spac prison in Spac, Albania. (CNS photo/Oscar Durand)

In Albania, Franciscans work to heal past wounds through remembrance

Although empty for almost 30 years, the walls of the Spac prison in Albania still show evidence of the horrors that took place there.

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Pope Francis swings a censer in front of an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe as he celebrates Mass Dec. 12 marking her feast day in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Fabio Frustaci, EPA)

Pope: Guadalupe feast shows Mary’s closeness to those on margins

The appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which mirrored that of the indigenous people of the time, is a sign of Mary's closeness to those who are marginalized, Pope Francis said.

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A religious sister is seen comforting a sick woman in 2016 at Snehadam Old Age Home in Gurgaon, India. (CNS photo/courtesy John E. Kozar, CNEWA)

Christian vocation is to serve life, health, pope says in message

The Catholic Church's care for the sick, especially through Catholic-run hospitals, is an antidote to "the business mentality that is seeking worldwide to turn health care into a profit-making enterprise," Pope Francis said.

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A girl portrays Our Lady of Guadalupe during the annual "Honor Your Mother" event sponsored by the Diocese of Phoenix Dec. 2 in the streets of downtown Phoenix. Our Lady of Guadalupe's feast day is celebrated Dec. 12. (CNS/Billy Hardiman, The Catholic Sun)

‘Honor Your Mother’ Guadalupe celebration sparks joy in downtown Phoenix

The streets of downtown Phoenix came alive with a spectacle of swirling colors and vibrant faith as hundreds of Catholics gathered for the annual "Honor Your Mother" event that celebrates Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Diocese of Phoenix.

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Mosaic tiles depicting the Immaculate Conception and various saints are seen in the Trinity Dome at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. The mosaic was dedicated Dec. 8. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn) See TRINITY-DOME-MOSAIC Dec. 8, 2017.

‘Crowning jewel’ of national shrine — Trinity Dome Mosaic — dedicated

The overflowing congregation at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception hardly needed reminding to raise their "eyes to the heavens" during a dedication of the Trinity Dome Mosaic Dec. 8.

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A firefighter sprays water on the remains of the an apartment complex Dec. 5 after a wind-driven wildfire swept into Ventura, Calif. Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez called Dec. 5 for prayers for the well-being of families, firefighters and rescue workers "facing devastating fires and high winds" in Ventura and Los Angeles counties in Southern California. (CNS photo/Mike Blake, Reuters) See WILDFIRES Dec. 6, 2017.

Fundraising starts to aid victims of Southern California fires

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has started a fund for victims of the wildfires that have raced through the archdiocese and were threatening to spread to locations in the nearby Orange and San Diego dioceses.

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Daniel Galan and Antonia Alvarez advocate for the passage of the DREAM Act near the U.S. Capitol building in Washington Dec. 5. They were fasting and praying for 10 days to draw attention to the immigration issue. (CNS photo/Jaclyn Lippelmann, Catholic Standard) See DREAMERS-MOTHER-FAST Dec. 7, 2017.

Mother of three Dreamers holds fast on Hill for passage of DREAM Act

Antonia Alvarez, the mother of three DACA recipients and one U.S. States citizen, began a 10-day fast Dec. 4 outside of the Capitol in Washington to advocate for the passage of the DREAM Act

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Members of the Schola Cantorum sing Gregorian chant during an Oct. 8 Latin Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington. Gregorian chant is the singing of the liturgy and its texts are almost entirely scriptural. (CNS photo/Chaz Muth) See GREGORIAN-CHANT-CONVERSION Dec. 7, 2017.

Gregorian chant called seminarian to Catholicism

As Gabe Bouck enters Advent, a season in which Catholics are urged to answer God's call for conversion, the seminarian is reminded of the melodic voice that inspired him to become Catholic.

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A Palestinian man walks with a donkey along a road overlooking Jerusalem's Old City in 2010. Following reports that U.S. President Donald Trump planned to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Pope Francis expressed his concern that such a move would further destabilize the Middle East. (CNS photo/Baz Ratner, Reuters)

Pope concerned by U.S. move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Following reports that U.S. President Donald Trump planned to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Pope Francis expressed his concern that such a move would further destabilize the Middle East.

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