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Pope Francis caresses the cheek of a woman whose hand was amputated in the violence that continues to plague the eastern part of Congo. The pope met victims of violence Feb. 1, 2023, at the apostolic nunciature in Kinshasa. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

Victims of violence in Congo share their grief with pope

Pope Francis had planned to go to Goma in the violence-torn North Kivu province, but increased fighting forced him to cancel the trip to the East to protect the crowds that would gather to see him.

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Blooming cherry blossoms surround the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington March 27, 2021. (CNS photo/Cheriss May, Reuters)

‘His memory still resonates’: Franciscan sister recalls MLK

Almost everyone familiar with the life and death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. knows the value that the civil rights leader put on living a long life. The phrase “longevity has its place” is now enshrined within his last speech, given the night before King’s murder in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4,1968.

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Agencies in California organize outreach for storm victims amid rainfall

OAKLAND, Calif. (OSV News) — Catholic organizations in California, strengthened by years of responding to disasters in the Golden State, responded quickly to bring aid to those affected by the ongoing brutal winter storms. Since late December, a series of …

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Cardinal Pell dies at 81; he kept the faith even amid tribulation, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis praised the late Australian Cardinal George Pell as a faithful servant of God and of the Catholic Church, who steadfastly followed the Lord even “in the hour of trial” when he was jailed for …

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The Chosen’s Jonathan Roumie, other Catholics to speak at March for Life 

WASHINGTON (OSV News) — Jonathan Roumie, known for his role as “Jesus” in the television series The Chosen, and other Catholic speakers are in the lineup for this year’s 50th annual national March for Life on Jan. 20. “We are overjoyed …

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Migrant pleas, border realities confront President Biden in El Paso

(OSV News) –  “Lord, I ask that you take me out of here soon … I want to be with my mom and sister soon. Amen.” The prayer of a migrant girl in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, neatly written on the …

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The House Speaker race over, here’s what Catholics can expect from the next Congress 

WASHINGTON (OSV News) — Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., was elected Speaker of the House Jan. 7 after a tumultuous process that stretched across the first week of the new term. The 118th Congress began in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 3, …

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