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A copy of the apostolic exhortation "Evangelii Gaudium" ("The Joy of the Gospel") by Pope Francis is seen during a news conference at the Vatican Nov. 26, 2013. In his first extensive piece of writing as pope, Pope Francis lays out a vision of the Catholic Church dedicated to evangelization, with a focus on society's poorest and most vulnerable, including the aged and unborn. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters) A copy of the apostolic exhortation "Evangelii Gaudium" ("The Joy of the Gospel") by Pope Francis is seen during a news conference at the Vatican Nov. 26, 2013. In his first extensive piece of writing as pope, Pope Francis lays out a vision of the Catholic Church dedicated to evangelization, with a focus on society's poorest and most vulnerable, including the aged and unborn. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters)

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(OSV News) — “The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of...

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(OSV News) — Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, is expected to sign an immigration bill that would make it a state crime to cross into...

A headstone seen in an undated photo marks the burial site of the late James Madison Smith Sr. and Catherine "Kitty" Smith, formerly enslaved Catholics, in St. Louis Cemetery in Louisville, Ky. The free married couple are being recognized as agents of the Underground Railroad by the U.S. Department of the Interior's National Park Service. (OSV News photo/Ruby Thomas, The Record)

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By Ruby Thomas LOUISVILLE, Ky. (OSV News) — The late James Madison Smith Sr. and Catherine “Kitty” Smith, formerly enslaved Catholics, are being recognized...

Volunteers with the Ladies of Charity of Calvert County, Md., load turkeys and other provisions into the car of a person in need at a food pantry Nov. 20, 2021, held on the grounds of of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in North Beach. Thirty years ago, in November 1993, the U.S. bishops approved the statement "Communities of Salt and Light: Reflections on the Social Mission of the Parish," which continues to serve as a roadmap for parish social ministry. (OSV News photo/Bob Roller)

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(OSV News) — Parishes play a “vital role” in bringing Christ’s transformative love to the world, said two U.S. bishops as a key document...