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Reject prejudice, leave space for hope in communications, pope says

VATICAN CITY — At a time when the media seem to feed a "vicious cycle of anxiety" and a "spiral of fear," Christians should respond with honest stories that identify problems and evil, but also inspire real solutions, Pope Francis said.

"Every new tragedy that occurs in the world's history can also become a setting for good news, inasmuch as love can find a way to draw near and to raise up sympathetic hearts, resolute faces and hands ready to build anew," the pope wrote in his message for World Communications Day 2017.

Generation Life teens on the way to Washington, D.C. have got some serious #busrideprobs

Approximately 2,100 teenagers, young adults, adult chaperones, volunteers, Catholic priests, seminarians, and other pro-life supporters will make the trek to Washington, D.C., for the 44th annual March for Life on Friday, Jan. 27 as part of the “Generation Life” Pilgrimage, sponsored by the archdiocesan Catholic Youth Apostolate.

Seventh-grader skips school to get a civics lesson in D.C.

Robert LeMaster, a seventh-grader at St. Gabriel the Archangel School in south St. Louis, enjoyed the traditions surrounding a presidential inauguration and the peaceful transition of power that it represented.

Seeing the peaceful transition of the U.S. presidency from about 100 yards away is a memory that Robert LeMaster always will treasure.

The seventh-grader at St. Gabriel the Archangel School in south St. Louis attended the inauguration of President Donald Trump Jan. 20 with his mom, Sarah LeMaster. They earlier requested tickets from Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt's office.

‘We will be protected by God,’ Trump declares in inaugural address

New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan delivered the invocation before U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s swearing-in as the country’s 45th president at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

WASHINGTON — President Donald J. Trump told the nation in his inaugural address that it need not fear in the days ahead.

"There should not be fear," Trump said Jan. 20. "We are protected and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement, and, most important, we will be protected by God."

President Trump reinstates 'Mexico City Policy' on abortion

U.S. President Donald J. Trump held up his executive order reinstating the "Mexico City Policy" banning federal funding of abortion-providing groups abroad after he signed it Jan. 23 in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

WASHINGTON -- President Donald J. Trump issued an executive memorandum Jan. 23 reinstating the "Mexico City Policy," which bans all foreign nongovernmental organizations receiving U.S. funds from performing or promoting abortion as a method of family planning in other countries.

The action was hailed by pro-life leaders.

‘Make your voice heard’ | Pope Francis says 2018 Synod of Bishops focused on youth needs young people’s input

Pope Francis waved as he arrived for a welcoming ceremony at 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.”

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis asked young people to tell him, their bishops and pastors about their hopes and struggles and even their criticisms.

In preparation 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."

"Make your voice heard," the pope told young people. "Let it resonate in communities and let it be heard by your shepherds of souls."

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