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Pope leads Rosary for peace at Rome shrine

Pope Francis blessed a woman’s rosary as he arrived to pray the Rosary at the Shrine of Our Lady of Divine Love in Rome May 1.

ROME — Pope Francis visited Rome's popular Shrine of Our Lady of Divine Love to pray the Rosary for peace, especially in Syria.

The pope invited pilgrims in St. Peter's Square April 29 to join his prayers May 1 at the shrine and "to prolong for the whole month of May praying the Rosary for peace."

May is a month Catholics traditionally devote to Mary.

Catholic Beer Club responds to millennials’ thirst for community

McKaela Laxen, center, talked with Nick Check at a Catholic Beer Club event at Able Seedhouse and Brewery in Minneapolis April 4.

MINNEAPOLIS — Weeknight visitors to a Twin Cities craft brewery might stumble upon one of the newest young adult ventures in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Although they wouldn't necessarily know it.

There will be no telltale signs that an organized Catholic event is taking place: no speaker giving a catechetical talk, no priest fielding questions, no special reserved seating. Just a group of young Catholics casually chatting, laughing and getting to know one another, likely with a pale ale or stout in hand.

Catholic media must not fall behind in digital age, pope says

Visitors look at the digital media offerings at the booth of technology giant Google at the Republica 17 digital conference May 8, 2017, in Berlin. In an age when technology is ever-evolving, Catholic news organizations must be willing to adapt to effectively proclaim the Gospel to all, Pope Francis said

VATICAN CITY -- In an age when technology is ever-evolving, Catholic news organizations must be willing to adapt to effectively proclaim the Gospel to all, Pope Francis said.

Speaking to directors and employees of Avvenire, the daily newspaper of the Italian bishops' conference, the pope said that the use of new digital platforms not only requires significant technological updates but also a willingness to accept that "the attachment to the past may prove to be a dangerous temptation."

Documentary exploring Russian Christianity makes its theatrical debut

Daniil Tygulev | Catholic News Service Robert Duncan, a Rome-based filmmaker and Catholic News Service videographer, shoots a scene for his documentary "Faces Among Icons" in a field outside Optina Monastery in the Kaluga Oblast, Russia, May 27, 2017.
NEW YORK – Christianity in today's Russia was on full display on the big screen April 29, as the documentary, "Faces Among Icons," made its theatrical debut at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in Yonkers, New York.

"Faces Among Icons" chronicles the devastation of the Russian Orthodox Church following the 1917 Russian (Bolshevik) Revolution and its rebirth following the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union.

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Catholic, other groups voice misgivings over 2018 farm bill

U.S. bishops throw support behind another bill to protect undocumented youth

WASHINGTON — The head of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Migration announced support April 25 for a bipartisan bill that provides a pathway to citizenship for young adults brought into the country as minors without legal documentation. The proposed bill also calls for an increase in security at the border between Mexico and the U.S., an increase in immigration judges and ties U.S. aid to certain Central American countries based on their efforts to address smuggling and steps to combat corruption as well as to strengthening rule of law at home.

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