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Gomez: Killing of Floyd is a ‘sin that cries out to heaven for justice’

Gomez: Killing of Floyd is a ‘sin that cries out to heaven for justice’

The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis “was senseless and brutal, a sin that cries out to heaven for justice,” and protests taking place nationwide “reflect the justified frustration and anger” of millions of Americans who today suffer because of racism, said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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After weekend of protests, bishops express sorrow over Floyd killing, racism

After weekend of protests, bishops express sorrow over Floyd killing, racism

| Rhina Guidos | June 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

Even as the United States still finds itself grappling with the coronavirus pandemic, outrage, grief and anger over the latest killing of an unarmed black man outweighed caution as hundreds of thousands turned out nationwide to protest and many of the country’s Catholic bishops joined the calls for justice.

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Church, society need gifts of Holy Spirit more than ever, cardinal says

Church, society need gifts of Holy Spirit more than ever, cardinal says

Ahead of the feast of Pentecost, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark offered a reflection on the gifts of the Holy Spirit and how society and the Church, he believes, need these gifts “now more than ever.”

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Pope issues new Vatican contract laws to save money, prevent corruption

Pope issues new Vatican contract laws to save money, prevent corruption

| Cindy Wooden | June 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

To prevent fraud and corruption, uphold Catholic principles and save money, Pope Francis has issued a new set of laws covering contracts for the purchase of goods, property and services for both the Roman Curia and Vatican City State offices.

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As Latin America becomes center of pandemic, churches confront hunger

As Latin America becomes center of pandemic, churches confront hunger

| Barbara Fraser | June 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

Diego Ramirez, a single father in a rural village in southern Guatemala, worked in a restaurant and kept a chicken farm, selling the birds in a market to support his three daughters.

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Vatican official: Racism is ‘spiritual’ virus that must be wiped out

Vatican official: Racism is ‘spiritual’ virus that must be wiped out

| Junno Arocho Esteves | June 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

Much like the coronavirus pandemic, racism is a “spiritual” virus that has spread throughout the world and must be eradicated, said Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

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Pope: Pandemic is an opportunity for mission, service to others

Pope: Pandemic is an opportunity for mission, service to others

| Junno Arocho Esteves | June 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

While isolation, social distancing and economic uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic prove to be a challenge, Christians are called by God to take part in the church’s mission in the world, Pope Francis wrote in a message for World Mission Sunday 2020.

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Bishops ‘sickened’ by Floyd’s death, urge racism be met ‘head-on’

Bishops ‘sickened’ by Floyd’s death, urge racism be met ‘head-on’

| Julie Asher | June 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Catholic bishops said May 29 they “are broken-hearted, sickened and outraged to watch another video of an African American man being killed before our very eyes.”

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Supreme Court rejects appeals to lift restrictions on congregation size

Supreme Court rejects appeals to lift restrictions on congregation size

| Carol Zimmermann | June 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

A divided Supreme Court May 29 chose not to intervene in an emergency appeal by a church in Southern California to lift COVID-19 restrictions that limit congregation sizes.

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