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Pope Francis celebrates the baptism of 13 babies from earthquake zones in Italy in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae at the Vatican Jan. 14. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout)

Pope baptizes babies born in Italian earthquake zone

January 17, 2017

WORLD
By Junno Arocho Esteves, Catholic News Service

Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley delivers his homily while celebrating Mass at the New York Encounter Jan. 15 in New York City. Pope Francis named Cardinal O'Malley, who is president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, to be a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz) See POPE-APPOINTMENTS and NEWYORK-ENCOUNTER-REALITY Jan. 17, 2017.

Pope names Boston cardinal, others to Vatican congregations

January 17, 2017

WORLD
By Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service

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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

WORLD
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

WORLD
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

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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

WORLD
By Junno Arocho Esteves, Catholic News Service

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Mercy Behavioral Health holds event to launch opioid campaign

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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

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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

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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 www.thepopevideo.org and www.apostleshipofprayer.org. (CNS/Apostleship of Prayer) See POPE-PRAYER-NETWORK Jan. 12, 2017.

Global papal prayer network continues to evolve

WORLD
By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

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