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Vatican reopens clinic, offers museums’ visits to health workers

Vatican reopens clinic, offers museums’ visits to health workers

Continuing a phased reopening, the Vatican’s free pediatric and maternal health clinic began welcoming patients again June 3 and, as an expression of gratitude, the Vatican announced all medical personnel would enjoy free admittance to the Vatican Museums and to the papal summer villa at Castel Gandolfo.

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St. Anthony of Padua still inspirational model for today, pope says

St. Anthony of Padua still inspirational model for today, pope says

| Carol Glatz | June 4, 2020 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis asked that the world’s Franciscans and devotees of St. Anthony of Padua be inspired by this 13th-century saint by being “restless” to hit the road and share God’s love through word and deed.

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Priest-chaplain: ‘At this time, at this juncture, black lives matter’

Priest-chaplain: ‘At this time, at this juncture, black lives matter’

| Mark Pattison | June 4, 2020 | 0 Comments

As daily protests over the death of George Floyd while in the custody of a Minneapolis police officer have spilled over into some of the United States’ largest cities and roiled the nation, a chaplain to several law enforcement agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area said, “At this point, at this time, at this juncture, black lives matter.”

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Vatican to collaborate with new video-streaming platform

Vatican to collaborate with new video-streaming platform

| Junno Arocho Esteves | June 4, 2020 | 0 Comments

Vatican officials expressed their support for a new video-on-demand service aimed at adding religious programming and content to the already jam-packed field of video-streaming services.

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Trusting in God does not mean never arguing with him, pope says

Trusting in God does not mean never arguing with him, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | June 4, 2020 | 0 Comments

In the story of the patriarch Abraham — honored by Jews, Christians and Muslims — faith becomes a direct relationship with God that is marked by constant prayer, which sometimes takes the form of “debating” with God, Pope Francis said.

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After ‘taking a knee,’ border bishop gets a call from the pope

After ‘taking a knee,’ border bishop gets a call from the pope

| Rhina Guidos | June 4, 2020 | 0 Comments

It’s called “taking a knee,” and many professional athletes around the country have made the gesture publicly to protest police brutality.

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China makes preaching patriotism compulsory to reopen churches

China makes preaching patriotism compulsory to reopen churches

Catholics are upset about a directive from China’s communist government asking priests to “preach on patriotism” as a condition for reopening liturgical services, suspended earlier this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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African American Catholic leaders urge justice, action to address racism

African American Catholic leaders urge justice, action to address racism

Justice is what George Floyd and his family and friends deserve, and justice “through equal and fair treatment under the law is what every person in this country deserves,” said the U.S. bishop who is president of the National Black Catholic Congress.

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Pope calls USCCB president to express solidarity, support amid turmoil in U.S.

Pope calls USCCB president to express solidarity, support amid turmoil in U.S.

| Greg Erlandson | June 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis used his June 3 audience and a phone call with the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to express his solidarity and support following days of demonstrations protesting the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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Archbishop says ask Uganda Martyrs to intercede for end to COVID-19

Archbishop says ask Uganda Martyrs to intercede for end to COVID-19

| Godfrey Olukya | June 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

At the annual Uganda Martyrs Day Mass, shared through video, Catholics were urged to remember two nuns who were healed of bubonic plague through the martyrs’ intercession.

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Life and death: Pandemic forces world to confront its greatest fear

Life and death: Pandemic forces world to confront its greatest fear

| Junno Arocho Esteves | June 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

For Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, the coronavirus death toll, as well as the way the pandemic forced thousands to spend the last moments of their life alone, has opened the eyes of many to face a subject they usually avoid: death.

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Daughters of St. Paul watch from windows as looters take over the night

Daughters of St. Paul watch from windows as looters take over the night

| Christina Lee Knauss | June 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

The four Daughters of St. Paul who live and work on Charleston’s King Street closed up their books and media store like normal May 30.

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