Catholic News Service

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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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Although Philadelphia's Taney Dragons didn't walk away with the Little League World Series title, they captured the country's attention by making it to the quarterfinals and have been honored as heroes in their home city.

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Hundreds of protesters took part in a rally and march in Washington Aug. 28 chanting: "Not one more! Not one more!" to urge President Barack Obama to stop the deportation of immigrant families, workers and children.

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Chinese priests and nuns assembled halfway around the globe at a retreat house in the United States for a week of quiet prayer and reflection. The gathering was affiliated with a project of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers aimed at helping the Church in China grow by guiding their priests and religious through formation in U.S.

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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a major fundraising effort that began this summer to raise money to research a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's disease, has left many people scratching their heads.

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Envy, jealousy and meanness are human instincts, but they are not Christian, Pope Francis said at his weekly general audience Aug. 27. The refusal to gossip, in fact, is such an outstanding Christian virtue, it should make a person a saint overnight, the pope said.

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The World Health Organization estimated that more than 2,600 people in West Africa have been infected with Ebola since March. Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are the countries mainly affected. Quarantines last 21 days.

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In case you missed it earlier this year, Catholics discuss how the papacy of Pope Francis has impacted the world and their church.

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Pro-life groups that have battled with the federal government since the first rules were issued on contraceptive coverage in 2012 derided the government's latest rules allowing religious institutions -- and potentially some for-profit companies -- to opt out of the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act.

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As Ukrainians prepared to mark their Aug. 24 Independence Day under the cloud of fierce fighting in the East, Catholic leaders condemned the threat to Ukraine's territorial integrity and prayed for a speedy end to the hostilities.

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A typical day for many Iraqi Christians encamped at Ankawa, near Irbil, would probably involve another round of struggle against desperation, frustration, anxiety, boredom and fear. 'The situation is almost a tragedy.'

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