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Catholic entities expect to receive aid under emergency relief bill

Catholic entities expect to receive aid under emergency relief bill

| Dennis Sadowski | April 7, 2020 | 0 Comments

Catholic hospitals, parish schools and charitable agencies are among the entities hoping to receive partial relief under a massive $2.2 trillion emergency aid package unanimously approved by Congress in response to the crippling new coronavirus.

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Knights of Columbus offers short-term loans to help dioceses meet needs

Knights of Columbus offers short-term loans to help dioceses meet needs

| April 7, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Knights of Columbus announced a new program March 27 to assist U.S. dioceses with short-term financing to help them and their parishes “weather the financial impact of the pandemic.”

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Despite opposition, abortion is now legal in Northern Ireland

Despite opposition, abortion is now legal in Northern Ireland

| Simon Caldwell | April 7, 2020 | 0 Comments

The British government has pressed ahead with the legalization of abortion in Northern Ireland.

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SBA allows church entities to obtain needed loans to keep workers on staff

SBA allows church entities to obtain needed loans to keep workers on staff

| Dennis Sadowski | April 7, 2020 | 0 Comments

Religious nonprofits, including schools, parishes and some dioceses, are eligible for assistance under regulations developed to implement portions of the massive $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act.

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Cardinal Pell released from prison after court overturns conviction

Cardinal Pell released from prison after court overturns conviction

| Michael Sainsbury | April 7, 2020 | 0 Comments

Cardinal George Pell has been released from prison after 405 days behind bars after the seven judges of the High Court of Australia unanimously overturned the original December 2018 jury verdict that found him guilty on five counts of molesting two 13-year-old choirboys in 1996.

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Surgical masks, social distancing: Palm Sunday in Jerusalem’s Old City

Surgical masks, social distancing: Palm Sunday in Jerusalem’s Old City

| Judith Sudilovsky | April 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

Nadine Bitar wore a surgical mask and waited 109 yards from her home in the Old City — as permitted by the Israeli Ministry of Health — to receive a blessed olive branch from Franciscan Father Amjad Sabbara of St. Saviour Parish.

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Catholic schools, Little Sisters among Supreme Court’s postponed cases

Catholic schools, Little Sisters among Supreme Court’s postponed cases

| Carol Zimmermann | April 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Supreme Court, much like the rest of the country, is putting some of its work on hold amid the restrictions of the COVID-19 health crisis.

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U.S. seminarians from Rome have parish placements during pandemic

U.S. seminarians from Rome have parish placements during pandemic

| Cindy Wooden | April 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

The U.S. seminarians who were studying at Rome’s Pontifical North American College have or are about to complete their 14-day quarantine at home and will be getting very unusual pastoral experience in U.S. parishes that are finding ways to minister to Catholics amid the restrictions imposed to slow the coronavirus pandemic.

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Catholics take part in the ‘war effort’ by making and donating masks, face shields

Catholics take part in the ‘war effort’ by making and donating masks, face shields

| April 4, 2020 | 0 Comments

“The need is tremendous,” said Westlake about his face shields. “I get an email an hour from somebody who says, ‘Can you make some for us?’ or, ‘How soon can you get us a lot?’ People are asking for 100 or 200 at a time.”

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