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The Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Wall are pictured in Berlin July 12, 1986. The prayer intentions written by Germans for the 2017 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity call to mind the Berlin Wall. (CNS photo/Wolfgang Kumm, EPA) See VATICAN-LETTER-UNITY-WEEK Jan. 12, 2017.

Tear down this wall: Ecumenical week focuses on overcoming division

January 15, 2017

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

Pope Francis talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a meeting at the Vatican Jan. 14. (CNS photo/Giuseppe Lami, Reuters pool)

New embassy a sign of pope’s love for Palestine, President Abbas says

January 14, 2017

By Junno Arocho Esteves, Catholic News Service


Melissa Ohden, founder of Abortion Survivors Network and  pictured in this 2013 photo, was to speak Jan. 21 at the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco. (CNS photo/courtesy Melissa Ohden) See WEST-COAST-WALK Jan. 10, 2017.

Woman who survived abortion attempt to speak at Walk for Life West Coast

By Valerie Schmalz, Catholic News Service

Pope Francis waves as he arrives for a welcoming ceremony during the 2016 World Youth Day at Blonia Park in Krakow, Poland. As the Catholic Church prepares for a meeting of the Synod of Bishops focused on youth, the pope wrote a letter to young people saying the church wants "to listen to your voice, your sensitivities and your faith, even your doubts and your criticism." (CNS photo/Bob Roller) See POPE-SYNOD-YOUTH Jan. 13, 2017.

Upcoming synod needs young people’s voices, pope says

By Junno Arocho Esteves, Catholic News Service


Mercy Behavioral Health holds event to launch opioid campaign

Story and photos by Julie Beaulieu

A sign stands on a private property near the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Jacumba, Calif. Despite the apprehension over policies that could be enacted by a Republican-led Congress acting in accord with a Republican president in Donald Trump, the U.S. Catholic bishops remain hopeful that  an immigration reform bill will pass. (CNS photo/Mike Blake, Reuters) See IMMIGRATION-REFORM Jan. 17, 2017.

Bishops still have hope Congress will pass immigration reform

By Mark Pattison, Catholic News Service

New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan speaks during the 2016 fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. Cardinal Dolan said the Scripture passage he chose to read at the Jan. 20 inauguration of Donald J. Trump as president, Wisdom chapter 9 in which King Solomon prays for wisdom to lead Israel according to God's will, was an easy one to make.(CNS photo/Bob Roller) See DOLAN-INAUGURATION Jan. 12, 2017.

Cardinal Dolan has a minute to read from Book of Wisdom at inauguration

By Dennis Sadowski, Catholic News Service

Pope Francis speaks in a video message for January released on the websites of the Apostleship of Prayer. They are available at and (CNS/Apostleship of Prayer) See POPE-PRAYER-NETWORK Jan. 12, 2017.

Global papal prayer network continues to evolve

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

A cruise ship at Port of Los Angeles is seen Dec. 30 just outside the Stella Maris Chapel and Hospitality Center in Los Angeles. The center hosts crew members from cruise ships, who get just a few hours on land when their ships port. (CNS photo/Victor Aleman, Angelus News) See SHIPS-CRUISE-LA Jan. 12, 2017.

For cruise crews, church center offers space for faith, friendship

By R.W. Dellinger, Catholic News Service

A worker crosses the street with her bike outside the newly opened McDonald's near the Vatican Jan. 12. The McDonald's will collaborate with Italian aid organization, "Medicinia Solidale," and the papal almoner's office to help feed the poor and homeless around the Vatican. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See VATICAN-MCDONALDS Jan. 12, 2017.

McDonald’s near Vatican to give free meals to the poor

By Junno Arocho Esteves, Catholic News Service

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