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Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he leads the Angelus from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square Oct. 29 at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters)

Pope by numbers: Vatican releases statistics of Francis’ pontificate

In just five years as leader of the universal church, Pope Francis has made 22 international trips, traveling 154,906 miles -- the equivalent of six times around the world.

A woman prays at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Minnesota July 8. Pope Francis said Oct. 20 that prayer, silent adoration and recognizing one's sinfulness are needed to grasp the mystery of Christ and the immensity of his love. (CNS photo/Dave Hrbacek, The Catholic Spirit) See POPE-HOMILY-ADORATION Oct. 20, 2016.

Lenten prayer week offers healing for unemployed, abused, others

Every Lent, Catholic parishes across the country offer talks, prayer services and retreats as the Catholic Church prepares for Easter. And parishes in the Diocese of Albany are no exception.

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Pope Francis prays in front of the body of St. Pio in the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie at the Shrine of St. Pio of Pietrelcina in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, March 17. (CNS photo/courtesy Shrine of St. Pio of Pietrelcina) See POPE-PADRE-PIO March 17, 2018.

Imitate St. Pio’s life, don’t forget poor, marginalized, pope says

Many people admire St. Padre Pio, but too few imitate him, especially in his care for the weak, the sick and those who modern culture treats as disposable, Pope Francis said during Mass at Padre Pio's shrine.

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A Vatican tribunal found Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron of Agana, Guam, guilty of sexual abuse of minors. Archbishop Apuron is pictured in a 2012 photo at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See VATICAN-APURON-VERDICT March 16, 2018.

Vatican tribunal finds Archbishop Apuron of Guam guilty of abuse

A Vatican tribunal found Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron of Agana, Guam, guilty of some of the accusations made against him, accusations which included the sexual abuse of minors.

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Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, 98, longtime chaplain of the Loyola University Chicago men's basketball team and campus icon, embraces a player after the team's win in the first round game of the NCAA Tournament against the University of Miami March 15 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. (CNS photo/courtesy Loyola University Chicago)

Pregame prayer, solid teamwork clinched win for Loyola, says nun-chaplain

A religious sister who is the longtime chaplain of the Loyola University Chicago men's basketball team credited the pregame prayer and the players' solid teamwork for the Ramblers' thrilling last-second 64-62 win over the University of Miami on March 15.

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Students skip class and gather near the U.S. Capitol in Washington to demand stricter gun laws March 14 during the National School Walkout. (CNS photo/Jim Bourg, Reuters)

U.S. Catholic school students prayed, marched in National School Walkout

Catholic school students across the country prayed with their school communities for school shooting victims or joined marches protesting gun violence March 14 during the National School Walkout, a student-led response to the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

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Border wall prototypes are seen near San Diego March 12. Image taken from Las Torres, Mexico. (CNS photo/Alejandro Zepeda, EPA)

Trump looks at prototypes for border wall that bishop calls ‘grotesque’

On the day that marked the fifth anniversary of the election of a pope who has called on others to "build bridges, not walls," the president of the United States toured Southern California to look at prototypes for a wall he promised to build on the border with Mexico.

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Pope Francis greets Stephen Hawking during an audience with participants attending a plenary session of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican Nov. 28, 2016. Hawking, the British-born theoretical physicist, cosmologist and popular author died March 14 at the age of 76. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout) See HAWKING-VATICAN March 14, 2018.

Church leaders praise Hawking for contribution to science, dialogue

Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, who said he did not believe in God, was still an esteemed member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and fostered a fruitful dialogue between science and faith.

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Marcos and Luz Gonzalez pray alongside their daughters, Sabrina and Laura, far right, Feb. 15 at Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in Parkland, Fla. The family and others were attending a prayer service for victims of the mass shooting Feb. 14 at nearby Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. (CNS photo/Jim Davis for the Florida Catholic) See FLORIDA-SCHOOL-SHOOTING Feb. 16, 2018.

National School Walkout is time of prayer for many Catholic schools

March 14, exactly one month since the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, students from around the country planned to walk out of their schools in protest of the nation's gun laws for 17 minutes.

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Pope Francis blesses a prisoner as he visits he Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia in this Sept. 27, 2015, file photo. In Washington the pope visited the White House and made history as the first pope to address Congress; in New York he spoke at the U.N. and visited ground zero; in Philadelphia he led the World Meeting of Families. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-FIFTH-ANNIVERSARY Feb. 13, 2018.

Five years a pope: Francis’ focus has been on outreach

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope just a few days after telling the College of Cardinals that the Catholic Church faced a clear choice between being a church that "goes out" or a church focused on its internal affairs.

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