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Cordel Tyus and Devo McGraw sit on roofing from an industrial building in front of their home in Selma, Ala., Jan.12, 2023, after a tornado ripped through the area the previous day. A giant, swirling storm system billowing across the South Jan. 11, killed at least six people in central Alabama, the Associated Press reported. (OSV News photo/Mickey Welsh, USA Today Network via visa Reuters)

Alabama Catholics turn to prayer, outreach after deadly tornadoes

Katelee Hagan imagined Jan. 14 would be just another ordinary day at the Selma, Alabama, child care center where she works. But moments after the 21-year-old walked through the doors, a colleague told her, “We’ve got to go. A tornado is heading straight for us.”

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Matt Olson, a native of Isanti, Minn., is pictured with his parents, Doug and Sue Olson, in an undated photo. In February 2016, a junior hockey game left Olson, 20 years old at the time, paralyzed from the chest down. Now 26, Olson credits faith, family, community and his alma mater, Totino-Grace Catholic High School in Fridley, Minn., with carrying him through the many challenges he has faced as a result of his life-altering injury.(OSV News photo/courtesy Matt Olson)

Faith, family, community help former athlete meet challenges after life-altering injury

Matt Olson is on a new path and it’s one he never expected. The 26-year-old native of Isanti, Minnesota, said he’s not letting a life-altering injury affect his future as community support carries him through challenging times and his trust in God helps him forge a new perspective on life.

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The Silent Night Chapel, which is in the town of Oberndorf in the Austrian state of Salzburg, is a monument to the Christmas carol "Silent Night." The chapel stands on the site of the former St. Nikola Church, where on Christmas Eve in 1818 the carol was performed for the first time. (CNS photo/courtesy

Chapel memorializing ‘Silent Night’ continues to draw tourists

The Christmas song “Stille Nacht” (“Silent Night”) may have put the town of Oberndorf, Austria, on the map, but it’s the chapel memorializing the beloved carol that is the town’s main attraction.

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A girl prays in St. Mary's Catholic Church in the Ban Mai Nai Soi refugee camp in Thailand Sept. 27, 2022. The camp is home to thousands of refugees from Myanmar; many Myanmar Christians remain in their country but have fled their villages and live in camps. (CNS photo/Paul Jeffrey)

Myanmar Christians prepare to spend second Christmas in camps

A Christmas of darkness, silence and fear awaits thousands of Christians in camps for internally displaced persons in Myanmar, where carols, decorations and illuminations are banned because of ongoing conflicts.

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An elderly woman stands in her doorway as armed Salvadoran troops patrol a residential area in Soyapango Dec. 5, 2022. A massive crackdown on gangs in El Salvador has led to ongoing human rights abuses, says a new report. (CNS photo/Jose Cabezas, Reuters)

El Salvador crackdown on gangs causes human rights abuses, report says

A massive crackdown on gangs in El Salvador has led to ongoing human rights abuses, including arbitrary detentions, torture and deaths in custody, according to a report from a pair of human rights groups.

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