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On Feast of the Assumption, faithful asked to reflect on own humility
Mary is depicted in a stained-glass window at St. Mary Church in Manhasset, N.Y. The feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Aug. 15, celebrates Church doctrine that Mary was taken body and soul into heaven at the end of her life. CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz

Mary is depicted in a stained-glass window at St. Mary Church in Manhasset, N.Y. The feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Aug. 15, celebrates Church doctrine that Mary was taken body and soul into heaven at the end of her life. CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz

VATICAN CITY – In a week in which natural disasters, war and racial conflicts dominated the headlines, Pope Francis prayed that Mary would bring peace to a divided world.

After reciting the Angelus prayer on the feast of the Assumption, the Pope asked Mary to obtain "for everyone consolation and a future of serenity and harmony."

"To Mary, Queen of Peace – who we contemplate today in the glory of paradise – I entrust once again the anxieties and sorrows of the people who suffer in many parts of the world due to natural disasters, social tensions or conflicts," the Pope told thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square Aug. 15.

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Path to peace: Pope's visit aims to help Colombians take next steps
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Maryknoll priest honored by Knights for ministry to sick in North Korea
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Thursday, August 10, 2017
Knights name family of year, honor several councils at convention

ST. LOUIS – A family from Austin, Texas, that has shown special care for the homeless was named the Knights of Columbus International Family of the Year for 2017 during the Knights' annual international convention Aug. 1-3 in St. Louis.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Pope 'saddened' after shooting in Nigerian church
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis sent his condolences to the victims and survivors of a deadly shooting that occurred during Mass Aug. 6 at a parish in Nigeria. More ...
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
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Pope expected to visit Myanmar in late November
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U.S.-based group invites parishes to mark Oscar Romero's birth centenary
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Knights to send $2 million to restore Christian town in Iraq
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