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Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead the World Youth Day prayer vigil at St. John Paul II Field in Panama City Jan. 26, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-PANAMA-WYD-VIGIL Jan. 26, 2019.

Pope to hear confessions, eat lunch with young people, at World Youth Day

Pope Francis will have nine events with young people, including hearing their confessions and eating lunch with them, during his Aug. 2-6 trip to Portugal.

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Chicago Auxiliary Bishop Joseph N. Perry, pictured in a file photo, was named chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism May 10, 2023. Ahead of the U.S. bishops' meeting in Orlando, Fla., June 14-16, Bishop Perry recently spoke with OSV News about his new role. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Head of bishops’ anti-racism committee praises investigations into histories

Ahead of the U.S. bishops’ meeting in Orlando, Florida, June 14-16, Bishop Joseph N. Perry said that new investigations by church institutions into their involvement with slavery and Indian boarding schools are “very healthy” and aid a collective examination of conscience.

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Editorial: Not Your Average Synod

The synod process thus far has lain bare many things that Catholics feel need to be addressed. And we have found our voices.

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Hail Mary, Full of Grace

Mary is the ultimate illumination of a woman filled with Christ’s presence, of a woman lit up from within by grace.

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Puzzles depicting slaves in America are pictured in the Staten Island, N.Y., home of Elizabeth Meaders Feb. 2, 2022. Meaders, 90, auctioned a collection of thousands of historical and cultural artifacts tracing the African American experience from the beginnings of slavery through the civil rights movement of the '60s and today's Black Lives Matter movement. (CNS photo/Mike Segar, Reuters)

Baltimore Archdiocese forms commission to investigate church connection to slavery

In recent years, a growing awareness of injustice and calls for reform have led to a racial reckoning, with businesses, corporations, nonprofit organizations and institutions across the country reassessing their own complicity with racism in its various forms.

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Has the Time Come for Women Deacons? 

“Don’t quit,” a Vatican official once told Phyllis Zagano. She took his advice and continues to advocate for ordaining women as deacons in the Catholic Church. 

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