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Rev. Graham dies; world famous evangelist was admired by most Americans 

MONTREAT, N.C. (CNS) -- The Rev. Billy Graham, a fiery Baptist preacher who was easily the most famous evangelist of the 20th century and for decades one of the world figures most admired by Americans, died early Feb. 21 at his home in Montreat, according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He was 99.

Pope reassures foster kids, says life events can make adults 'fragile' 

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- When people are unable to love or accept a child with problems or illness, many times it's because they are too weak themselves to be able to bear someone else's vulnerabilities, Pope Francis told a group of children and young people who are wards of the state.

U.S. bishops declare national call-in day to urge Congress to save DACA 

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- After the Senate failed Feb. 15 to garner the 60 votes needed to move a bill forward to protect the "Dreamers," officials of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced a "National Catholic Call-In Day to Protect Dreamers" Feb. 26.

Update: Catholics urged to appeal to lawmakers in Congress to pass DACA bill now 

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- By day's end Feb. 15, members of the U.S. Senate had rejected four immigration proposals, leaving it unclear how lawmakers will address overall immigration reform and keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in place.

Nuns withdraw from ministry in Mexican city wrought by violence 

MEXICO CITY (CNS) -- An order of nuns has withdrawn from an especially violent city after the parents and sister of one of the women religious were kidnapped and killed.

Update: Florida school shooting an act of 'horrifying evil,' says Miami archbishop 

MIAMI (CNS) -- Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski urged community members to come together "to support one another in this time of grief" after a shooting rampage Feb. 14 at a Broward County high school left at least 17 people dead and at least 14 injured.

Updated: Pope told Jesuits he regularly meets abuse survivors, journal reports 

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis told a group of Jesuits in Peru that he often meets on Fridays with survivors of sex abuse.

DACA, TPS recipients face uncertain future, but say their love will endure 

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Love has its ways. And so does Facebook.

U.S. Catholics urged to join pope in prayers for South Sudan, Congo 

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops encouraged Catholics across the nation to join with Pope Francis Feb. 23 for a special day of prayer and fasting for peace, with special prayers for Congo and South Sudan.

Lent is time to notice God's work, receive God's mercy, pope says 

ROME (CNS) -- Lent is a time for Christians to get their hearts in sync with the heart of Jesus, Pope Francis said.

Sisters from Minnesota Catholic schools play on separate Olympic teams 

ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) -- Few schools can claim an Olympic athlete among their alumni base.

'Monumental' FEMA shift opens door to disaster funds for religious groups 

TRENTON, N.J. (CNS) -- Superstorm Sandy-weary diocesan and parish officials lauded a Federal Emergency Management Agency policy change announced earlier this year that reverses a prior exclusion for religious organizations and houses of worship from applying for federal aid to recover from natural disasters.

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