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Pope: Pandemic is an opportunity for mission, service to others

Pope: Pandemic is an opportunity for mission, service to others

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

While isolation, social distancing and economic uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic prove to be a challenge, Christians are called by God to take part in the church’s mission in the world, Pope Francis wrote in a message for World Mission Sunday 2020.

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Bishops ‘sickened’ by Floyd’s death, urge racism be met ‘head-on’

Bishops ‘sickened’ by Floyd’s death, urge racism be met ‘head-on’

| Julie Asher | June 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Catholic bishops said May 29 they “are broken-hearted, sickened and outraged to watch another video of an African American man being killed before our very eyes.”

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Supreme Court rejects appeals to lift restrictions on congregation size

Supreme Court rejects appeals to lift restrictions on congregation size

| Carol Zimmermann | June 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

A divided Supreme Court May 29 chose not to intervene in an emergency appeal by a church in Southern California to lift COVID-19 restrictions that limit congregation sizes.

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Louisiana bishop: ‘People are losing their lives because of racism’

Louisiana bishop: ‘People are losing their lives because of racism’

| Mark Pattison | May 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

The bishop who heads the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism said the May 25 death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police “reminds us that people are losing their lives because of racism.”

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Even in pandemic, copyright and fair use laws still apply, experts say

Even in pandemic, copyright and fair use laws still apply, experts say

| Gina Christian | May 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

The COVID-19 outbreak has prompted parishes worldwide to livestream Masses, produce podcasts and upload worship videos. But even in a pandemic, copyright and fair use laws still apply, experts say.

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Economy in recession? Depression? A blip? All of the above — or none?

Economy in recession? Depression? A blip? All of the above — or none?

| Mark Pattison | May 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

Since the coronavirus pandemic was declared in March, not everybody’s job has been relocated to their dining room table.

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Maryland county withdraws restriction that would have curtailed Eucharist

Maryland county withdraws restriction that would have curtailed Eucharist

| Christopher Gunty | May 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

Regulations for the reopening of religious institutions developed by a Maryland county that seemed to disallow the distribution of holy Communion were withdrawn after church leaders voiced opposition.

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Vatican official says anti-religious bias was evident during lockdown

Vatican official says anti-religious bias was evident during lockdown

As people spent more time online during the coronavirus lockdown, negative remarks and even the incitement of hatred based on national, cultural or religious identity increased, a Vatican representative said.

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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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