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Court allows Abbott’s temporary ban on elective abortion for time being

Court allows Abbott’s temporary ban on elective abortion for time being

| April 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

By allowing Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s temporary block on unnecessary medical procedures, including abortion, to remain, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit March 31 was paying “careful attention to the health and safety needs of Texans” amid the coronavirus pandemic, said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

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Pope moves Good Friday collection for Holy Land to September

Pope moves Good Friday collection for Holy Land to September

| Junno Arocho Esteves | April 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

With Holy Week celebrations closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis postponed the traditional Good Friday collection for the Holy Land to September.

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Coronavirus draws prayers to saints who cared for plague victims

Coronavirus draws prayers to saints who cared for plague victims

| April 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

Saints can get a bad rap because sometimes people assume they lived in deep piety removed from the burdens of everyday life.

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Pope prays for media helping people endure isolation

Pope prays for media helping people endure isolation

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

With self-isolation becoming more widespread due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis thanked journalists and members of the media who inform people and help them cope with loneliness.

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Declare a jubilee: Pandemic is time to forgive debts, cardinal suggests

Declare a jubilee: Pandemic is time to forgive debts, cardinal suggests

| Cindy Wooden | April 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

“Could the coronavirus-19 crisis lead to a jubilee?” Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle wondered out loud during a Mass livestreamed from the Pontifical Philippine College in Rome.

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Wave of cancellations hits Catholic conferences and conventions

Wave of cancellations hits Catholic conferences and conventions

| Mark Pattison | April 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

Is this what they mean by “cancel culture”?

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Pandemic adds increasing burdens on immigrants without legal status

Pandemic adds increasing burdens on immigrants without legal status

| Rhina Guidos | April 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

From a darkened room, the immigrant spoke in mid-March via Skype to a reporter from the TV station Guatevision, which focuses on issues pertaining to Guatemalans in and outside of the country.

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Prelate advises cellphones can’t be used to administer sacraments

Prelate advises cellphones can’t be used to administer sacraments

| April 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

Administering the sacrament of reconciliation via cellphone is impermissible under church teaching, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship.

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Allegation: Despite 30-day deadline, complaint against Archbishop Nienstedt stalled eight months later

Allegation: Despite 30-day deadline, complaint against Archbishop Nienstedt stalled eight months later

| April 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

“Whatever the reason for the delay, it is unacceptable,” Johnson wrote in an unpublished commentary he shared with The Catholic Spirit. “The problem needs to be rectified in short order or risk undercutting the trust and transparency that the Protocols were intended to help restore, particularly among victim/survivors.”

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