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Catholic News Service, serving since 1920 as a news agency specializing in reporting religion, is the primary source of national and world news that appears in the U.S. Catholic press. It is also a leading source of news for Catholic print and broadcast media throughout the world.

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If you think singing in front of Simon Cowell would be terrifying -- well, you're not far wrong.

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Pope Francis spoke about St. John Paul II during his weekly general audience Oct. 22.

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Keith and Donielle Wilde know what it means to live this every day: "Jesus, I trust in you." Despite some medical complications, Donielle "is doing very well" — and the baby is developing normally.

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The opportunity to help a group of Franciscan priests harvest olives in the Garden of Gethsemane offers a sense of hope amid the adversaries one man's family has faced in their own olive groves.

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Pope Francis called for abolition of the death penalty as well as life imprisonment, and denounced what he called a "penal populism" that promises to solve society's problems by punishing crime instead of pursuing social justice.

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Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl discusses the conclusion of the synod on the family.

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DALLAS (CNS) — Dallas Bishop Kevin J. Farrell said that he followed the teaching of Christ and stepped in to house the fiancee of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan and three others for several weeks at a diocesan facility because no one else would. On Oct. 20, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, among other officials, spoke at an early morning news conference saying area residents should be compassionate and welcoming of those who had been self-monitoring themselves.

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The coordinator of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network discusses the Catholic Church's just-war teaching as it relates to the terrorist group ISIS.

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The unjust situation in the Middle East, especially Iraq and Syria, "demands, beyond our constant prayers, an adequate response from the part of the international community as well," Pope Francis said. The church is united in its "desire for peace and stability in the Middle East and the desire to promote the resolution of conflicts through dialogue, reconciliation and political efforts," he said.

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Beatifying Blessed Paul VI at the concluding Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis praised the late pope as the "great helmsman" of the Second Vatican Council and founder of the synod, as well as a "humble and prophetic witness of love for Christ and his church."

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