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To stream or not: Italians debate online Masses when faithful can attend

To stream or not: Italians debate online Masses when faithful can attend

| Cindy Wooden | May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

As Italian Catholics prepared to celebrate Pentecost, the second Sunday with Masses permitted with a limited number of faithful, bishops and priests were still debating whether to continue livestreaming Masses as well.

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Church reopening debate revolves around religious freedom, public safety

Church reopening debate revolves around religious freedom, public safety

| Dennis Sadowski | May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Catholic churches in Minnesota reopened for the public celebration of Mass May 27, but not before the state’s bishops took a bold stance to assert that churches were as important as bars, restaurants and hair salons.

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NFL dream now a reality for 2017 grad of Philadelphia Jesuit high school

NFL dream now a reality for 2017 grad of Philadelphia Jesuit high school

| John Knebels | May 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

The NFL announced May 7 it is planning a return to its regular season in the fall, and among the players on the roster for the Detroit Lions will be Philadelphia native and St. Joseph’s Prep star D’Andre Swift.

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Congress urged to make poor, vulnerable a priority for next stimulus bill

Congress urged to make poor, vulnerable a priority for next stimulus bill

Congress needs to remember the needs of “the poor, the vulnerable and people on the margins” when considering additional pandemic economic relief packages, said the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

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Priest’s treasured chalice resurfaces after going missing for five years

Priest’s treasured chalice resurfaces after going missing for five years

| Tim Swift | May 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Like many people, the Rev. Shawn Brandon, pastor of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, has had more time on his hands while sheltering in place during the coronavirus pandemic, but little did he know he would solve a five-year mystery while cleaning out a closet in his Arnold, Maryland, church.

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Nobody said it would be easy, but you can manage your kids’ screen use

Nobody said it would be easy, but you can manage your kids’ screen use

| Mark Pattison | May 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

The theme song to the Disney Channel’s old “Phineas and Ferb” cartoon series proclaims, “There’s 104 days to summer vacation.” Parents are forgiven for thinking, “Only 104?” They haven’t see much difference between the end of classroom learning and vacation — at least this year.

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Prayer is powerful, life-giving, pope says

Prayer is powerful, life-giving, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | May 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Prayer is powerful not because it changes God or God’s plans, but because it changes individuals and communities, one heart at a time, Pope Francis said.

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Pope clears way to sainthood for three, advances causes of others

Pope clears way to sainthood for three, advances causes of others

| Junno Arocho Esteves | May 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of two women and 11 men, including a miracle attributed to Blessed Charles de Foucauld.

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Pope clears way for beatification of Knights of Columbus founder

Pope clears way for beatification of Knights of Columbus founder

| Cindy Wooden | May 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Father Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, clearing the way for his beatification.

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Pope renews prayers for Catholics in China

Pope renews prayers for Catholics in China

| Carol Glatz | May 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis assured Catholics in China that the universal church shared their hopes and supported them during hardship.

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Just what is the truth about Norma McCorvey?

Just what is the truth about Norma McCorvey?

| John Mulderig | May 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

The documentary “AKA Jane Roe” (FX, streaming on Hulu) is ostensibly a portrait of Norma McCorvey, the official but largely nominal plaintiff in the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, the outcome of which was the legalization of abortion across the United States.

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Pope to lead world shrines in rosary prayer for pandemic May 30

Pope to lead world shrines in rosary prayer for pandemic May 30

| Junno Arocho Esteves | May 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis will lead the major shrines around the world in praying the rosary to implore Mary’s intercession and protection amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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