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Pandemic has changed parish outreach methods ‘forever,’ says evangelist

Pandemic has changed parish outreach methods ‘forever,’ says evangelist

| Peter Finney Jr. | May 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

During two months of social isolation, the work of American business has migrated, ready or not, into the home.

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Panelists admit sacramental life is hard without the dimension of touch

Panelists admit sacramental life is hard without the dimension of touch

| Mark Pattison | May 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

In a “touchless” environment spawned by the coronavirus pandemic, living out the church’s sacramental life is tough without the element of touch: the reception of the Eucharist, the baptism with water, the laying on of hands, the anointing with oil.

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The quiet pandemic victims: Those grieving death

The quiet pandemic victims: Those grieving death

| Mickey Conlon | May 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

The quiet victims during the worldwide coronavirus pandemic have been those grieving the death of a loved one.

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Scoob  — A-II (PG)

Scoob — A-II (PG)

| John Mulderig | May 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

Baby boomers may remember whiling away their Saturday mornings, beginning in 1969, by watching the Hanna-Barbera cartoon series “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!”

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Justice Dept. says California’s pandemic plan should open churches sooner

Justice Dept. says California’s pandemic plan should open churches sooner

| Pablo Kay | May 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Justice is challenging the “unequal treatment of faith communities” in California’s coronavirus reopening plan, warning that continued restrictions on worship services threaten believers’ civil rights to practice their religion.

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PPP loans to parishes not as large, or as many, as some believe

PPP loans to parishes not as large, or as many, as some believe

| Mark Pattison | May 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

Paycheck Protection Program loans to parishes did not meet the number of parishes, or the size of the loans, listed in some news reports, according to Patrick Markey, executive director of the Diocesan Fiscal Management Conference.

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Extreme caution tops checklists for Catholic colleges to reopen in fall

Extreme caution tops checklists for Catholic colleges to reopen in fall

| Carol Zimmermann | May 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

Long before graduation ceremonies are over, college administrators usually have an eye on the upcoming fall semester. And this year, even with virtual commencement ceremonies, the look to the next academic year is inevitable.

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Catholic colleges, universities face pandemic’s financial punch

Catholic colleges, universities face pandemic’s financial punch

| Carol Zimmermann | May 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

The coronavirus pandemic that has impacted the health and economy of the nation particularly dealt a blow to Catholic higher education, from the large universities with hefty endowments to smaller liberal arts schools.

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African Church leaders work to curb domestic abuse during lockdown

African Church leaders work to curb domestic abuse during lockdown

| Fredrick Nzwili | May 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

On the night of May 9, Edward Okello, an aeronautical engineer, died when a kitchen knife was plunged into his chest. Vigilance Shighi later said she did not know how the weapon hit her boyfriend, who had beaten her.

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Pope merges Anchorage Archdiocese, Juneau Diocese; names archbishop

Pope merges Anchorage Archdiocese, Juneau Diocese; names archbishop

Pope Francis has merged the Archdiocese of Anchorage, Alaska, and the Diocese of Juneau, Alaska, and erected the new ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of Anchorage-Juneau.

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Nun leads young Kenyans to make ‘little contributions’ to Laudato Si’

Nun leads young Kenyans to make ‘little contributions’ to Laudato Si’

A Catholic nun is working with young Kenyans to put Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical, “Laudato Si'” into action.

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Catholic doctors say churches essential, offer ‘road map’ to safely reopen

Catholic doctors say churches essential, offer ‘road map’ to safely reopen

| Pablo Kay | May 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

A blue-ribbon panel of Catholic doctors from some of the nation’s top research hospitals and universities said churches should be able to reopen “as safely as other essential services,” after being shut down for more than two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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