• In our backyard is a solitary Liquid Amber tree (liquidambar) that from spring through summer produces a gorgeous bounty of green leaves, providing welcome shade and beauty.

    St. Michael Church in Jacksonport, Wis., and Lake Michigan are pictured in an aerial photo.

    St. Michael Church in Jacksonport, Wis., and Lake Michigan are pictured in an aerial photo. (CNS photo by Sam Lucero, The Compass)

  • In "Hurrahing in Harvest" the Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins revels in the marvelous elements of nature that herald the arrival of autumn.

    A cob of corn is seen in a field during the harvest in Minooka, Ill., in this illustration photo.

    A cob of corn is seen in a field during the harvest in Minooka, Ill., in this illustration photo. (CNS photo by Jim Young, Reuters)

  •  The United Nations was born in 1945 out of the rubble and human devastation of World War II.

    The U.N. flag is seen during the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the world body's headquarters in New York City Sept. 24, 2019.

    The U.N. flag is seen during the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the world body's headquarters in New York City Sept. 24, 2019. (CNS photo by Yana Paskova/Reuters)

  •  In this 2018 file photo, peace activists hold a Catholic prayer service of repentance near the White House for the use of nuclear weapons on Japan during World War II.

    In this 2018 file photo, peace activists hold a Catholic prayer service of repentance near the White House for the use of nuclear weapons on Japan during World War II. As the encyclical "Fratelli Tutti, on Fraternity and Social Friendship” concludes, Pope Francis prays that God will "inspire in us a dream of renewed encounter, dialogue, justice and peace." (CNS photo by Tyler Orsburn)

    Oct 16, 2020
  • Katelyn Vandenhandel, 13, a student at St. Nicholas School in Freedom, Wis., passes a collection basket during Ash Wednesday Mass at St. Nicholas Church Feb. 26, 2020.

    Katelyn Vandenhandel, 13, a student at St. Nicholas School in Freedom, Wis., passes a collection basket during Ash Wednesday Mass at St. Nicholas Church Feb. 26, 2020. To implement the teaching of Pope Francis’ new encyclical "Fratelli Tutti, on Fraternity and Social Friendship," use your resources to support those in need. (CNS photo by Sam Lucero/ The Compass)

    Oct 15, 2020
  • Pope Francis speaks during an audience with participants in a meeting sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, at the Vatican Nov. 30, 2019.

    Pope Francis speaks during an audience with participants in a meeting sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, at the Vatican Nov. 30, 2019. (CNS photo by Vatican Media)

    Sep 17, 2020
  • Erik von Nostitz and David Schuler load groceries into a car at St. Agnes Church's Dare to Care Food Pantry March 28, 2020, in Louisville, Ky., while also maintaining a safe distance during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Erik von Nostitz and David Schuler load groceries into a car at St. Agnes Church's Dare to Care Food Pantry March 28, 2020, in Louisville, Ky., while also maintaining a safe distance during the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS photo by Jessica Able/The Record)

    Sep 10, 2020
  • A migrant hugs Pope Francis after a Mass Feb. 15, 2019, with migrants and members of Italian Catholic parishes, religious orders, organizations and individuals who assist migrants and refugees.

    A migrant hugs Pope Francis after a Mass Feb. 15, 2019, with migrants and members of Italian Catholic parishes, religious orders, organizations and individuals who assist migrants and refugees. Pope Francis has exhorted the church to take notice of Jesus' example of meeting others where they are to cultivate their healing. (CNS photo by Vatican Media)

    Sep 10, 2020
  • <p>University of San Diego students and a young resident of Albergue Las Memorias in Mexico laugh together during &ldquo;Tijuana Spring Breakthrough,&rdquo; an alternative spring break experience sponsored by the university&rsquo;s ministry. (CNS photo by University of San Diego)  </p>

    University of San Diego students and a young resident of Albergue Las Memorias in Mexico laugh together during “Tijuana Spring Breakthrough,” an alternative spring break experience sponsored by the university’s ministry. (CNS photo by University of San Diego)

    Sep 05, 2020

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