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In this Nov. 6, 2012 file photo, a woman casts her ballot at a voting booth in a gymnasium at the Palisades High School polling site in Pacific Palisades, Calif. After 50 years, voting rights remain difficult question in many communities. (CNS photo/Michael Nelson, EPA) See WASHINGTON-LETTER-VOTING Aug. 27, 2015.

Voting Rights Act at 50: Difficult questions remain on who gets to vote

August 29, 2015 WASHINGTON (CNS) — Even after a half-century of election law that was intended to settle the question of who is eligible to vote in the United States, contentious issues remain on who gets that right. The battles, just like those before the bill was signed into law Aug. 6, 1965, are held…

In this April 16, 2014 file photo, people attend Mass at St. John by the Sea Church in Klawock on Prince of Wales Island in southeastern Alaska. Catholics make up slightly less than 2 percent of the island's 6,000 residents. The island is accessible only by boat, ferry or sea plane. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec) See AMERICAN-PARISH- Aug. 26, 2015 and to come.

Success of religious education depends on parents, parish leaders say

August 29, 2015 WASHINGTON (CNS) — Just as one Catholic school does not reflect all of them, there isn’t one religious education program Pope Francis could visit while he is in the United States that would represent the variety of faith formation programs in churches across the country. Programs vary according to parish size and…

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