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A file photo shows the Flint River in Michigan flowing thru downtown Flint. Advocates and agencies in Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Flint, spoke with OSV News about clean water issues that negatively affect their communities and children long after initial contamination. (OSV News photo/Rebecca Cook, Reuters)

Contamination of water poses long-term hazards to communities, environment

The biblical author of Proverbs advises, “Drink water from your own cistern; flowing water from your own well.” But in the centuries before Jesus Christ’s birth when these verses were written, water pollution from chemicals and artificial contaminants was unknown.

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Police deploy at the scene of a mass shooting near Slugger Field baseball stadium in downtown Louisville, Ky., April, 10, 2023. A gunman opened fire at a bank in downtown Louisville that morning, killing at least four people and sending nine to the hospital before he died by gunfire at the scene, Louisville Metro Police Deputy Chief Paul Humphrey said. (OSV News photo/Michael Clevenger, USA Today Network via Reuters)

Archbishop, governor call for prayer as Louisville mourns mass shooting

Amid calls for prayer and praise for first responders, officials confirmed that four people were killed in an April 10 mass shooting, Easter Monday morning, in a downtown bank in Louisville, Kentucky.

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A file photo shows an inmate receiving Communion at the Ellsworth Correctional Facility in Kansas. Catholics involved in prison ministry are trying to bring hope and the light of Christ to those "doing time." (OSV News photo/CNS file, Karen Bonar, The Register)

Prison Ministries Bring Light of Christ to Those ‘Doing Time’

A joyful Easter Vigil at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington began that April 8 evening with Washington Cardinal Wilton D. Gregory lighting the paschal candle from a burning brazier outside the entranceway.

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A painting of the burial of Christ that was restored by Greek art restorer Zarifis Zarifopoulos is seen in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Old City of Jerusalem, March 10, 2023. (OSV News photo/Debbie Hill)

Meet the artist who brings icons back to life in Jerusalem

The first COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in Israel had just been declared in March 2020 when icon restorer Zarifis Zarifopoulos removed his shoes and placed a sturdy carton covering atop the traditional tomb of Jesus.

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Rabbi Abraham Skorka of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Pope Francis embrace after visiting the Western Wall in Jerusalem May 26, 2014. Rabbi Skorka, now a senior research fellow for Jewish studies and Jewish-Catholic relations at Georgetown University, and Washington Cardinal Wilton D. Gregory, sent a joint message to the Jewish community at Passover, which began on the evening of April 5, 2023, and will conclude on the evening of April 13 for Jews outside of Israel. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Passover, Easter offer ‘shared message of hope’

Several U.S. bishops are extending greetings to the Jewish community as its members celebrate Passover (Pesach), which commemorates the divine liberation of the ancient Israelites from enslavement in Egypt as recounted in the book of Exodus.

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The flags of the United States and Ukraine hang on the fence of St. George Ukrainian Catholic Church in New York City March 6, 2023. (OSV News photo/Shannon Stapleton, Reuters)

Amid war, Paschal Triduum takes on deeper meaning for US Ukrainian Catholics

As Russia’s brutal attacks on Ukraine continue, the Paschal Triduum has taken on an even deeper meaning for Ukrainian Catholics in the U.S.

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Catholic groups back UN request for international court to act on climate change

UNITED NATIONS (OSV News) — Various Catholic groups praised a United Nations’ resolution that calls on the International Court of Justice to outline countries’ obligations for protecting the earth’s climate, and the legal consequences they face if they don’t carry …

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