Bishop George V. Murry of Youngstown, Ohio, chair of the U.S. bishops' Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, speaks on Nov. 13 during the fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)
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November 14, 2017
Though the Catholic Church has responded to racism for many years, some leaders and church institutions have at times been part of the problem.
Sanctuary-city activist Felix Cepeda of New York City is seen during the first day of the U.S. bishops' fall general assembly in Baltimore on Nov. 13. He planned to pray and fast for the next three days in hopes the Catholic Church would offer its church properties as places of sanctuary to keep families intact if a family member faces deportation. (CNS photo/Rhina Guidos)
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November 14, 2017
As the U.S. bishops were beginning their fall assembly in Baltimore, also marking their 100th anniversary as a conference, a couple of nonviolent protesters gathered nearby.
Gonzaga College High School students look through the archives in late June at Georgetown University in Washington. Gonzaga history teacher Ed Donnellan and six students searched through the archives to unearth any ties to slavery at the Jesuit-run high school. (CNS photo/courtesy Gonzaga College High School)
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November 08, 2017
"We're at the beginning of this," said Gonzaga history teacher Ed Donnellan, who also is looking at the possibility of taking students to visit the remnants of the Jesuit slave plantations in Maryland.
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November 07, 2017
At the 2017 gathering, organizers offered Catholic speakers that tackled racism, immigration, climate change, socioeconomic inequality, prison reform and other forms of social exclusion. 
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November 06, 2017
"I feel that every time there is a terrorist attack that happens, and the individual happens to be Muslim, rather than holding the individual accountable, there is this push to hold entire swaths of communities accountable."
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November 01, 2017
A "clean" bill would be "unencumbered with costly, punitive and unnecessary provisions."
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September 27, 2017
"This is a cruel and inhumane decision," said Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC's executive director. "There is absolutely no need to send people who are living peacefully, raising their children and contributing to the American economy and society back to a country where their lives could immediately be put
An elderly woman rests on Sept. 25 at a shelter set up in the Pedrin Zorrilla coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico, after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria. (CNS photo/Carlos Garcia Rawlins, Reuters)
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September 27, 2017
"It's an avalanche of disasters, one disaster after another disaster."
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September 22, 2017
When the hurricane hit the island with winds of up to 155 miles per hour, it tore out cables, roofs from homes and buildings, uprooted palm trees and even bent a cross anchored to a cement post at the entrance of a Jesuit school.
Rescue workers help people on Sept. 20 in Guayama, Puerto Rico, after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria. After battering the Virgin Islands, the hurricane made landfall in Puerto Rico, bringing "catastrophic" 155 mph winds and dangerous storm surges. (CNS photo/Carlos Garcia Rawlins, Reuters)
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September 20, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Thousands sought shelter in Puerto Rico, as Hurricane Maria, called a "monster storm" by many, hit the Caribbean island just short of a Category 5 storm Sept. 20, with winds of 155 miles per hour.