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First chance to receive Eucharist at Mass in months leaves some in tears

First chance to receive Eucharist at Mass in months leaves some in tears

A parish priest in Bangor, Maine, said he saw many Massgoers “in tears” as they reveived holy Communion for the first time in close to three months at a publicly celebrated Mass June 7, Trinity Sunday, at St. Paul the Apostle Church.

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Former deacon’s lawsuit against Texas diocese goes to state Supreme Court

Former deacon’s lawsuit against Texas diocese goes to state Supreme Court

| Carol Zimmermann | June 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Texas Supreme Court agreed June 5 to review an appeal by the Diocese of Lubbock over a former deacon’s defamation lawsuit against it.

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Hope in post-pandemic world can only be achieved together, cardinal says

Hope in post-pandemic world can only be achieved together, cardinal says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | June 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

The mandate given by Pope Francis to the Vatican’s coronavirus commission was to prepare a future full of hope amid chaos and uncertainty, Cardinal Peter Turkson said.

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Pope creates fund for workers in Rome struggling in wake of pandemic

Pope creates fund for workers in Rome struggling in wake of pandemic

| Carol Glatz | June 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

With so many people left unemployed or in a precarious position because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pope Francis launched a fund aimed specifically at helping people in Rome struggling economically in the wake of the crisis.

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Pope prays for those still hit by COVID-19, urges caution elsewhere

Pope prays for those still hit by COVID-19, urges caution elsewhere

| Carol Glatz | June 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis prayed for people living in countries where COVID-19 is still causing a huge number of deaths, and he cautioned people in Italy to continue to be careful and follow health precautions.

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Archbishop Sample urges prayer, discussion, action on racial injustice

Archbishop Sample urges prayer, discussion, action on racial injustice

| Ed Langlois | June 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

Declaring that racism is real and must be addressed, Portland Archbishop Alexander K. Sample in remarks June 5 and 6 made impassioned pleas for justice, peace and unity.

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Panelists discuss ‘virus’ of racism, praise protesters demanding justice

Panelists discuss ‘virus’ of racism, praise protesters demanding justice

| Mark Zimmermann | June 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

Just as the world is facing the coronavirus pandemic and its deadly impact, racism likewise is a deadly virus that must be cured, Washington Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory said June 5.

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Minnesota governor announces slightly wider opening of church doors effective June 10

Minnesota governor announces slightly wider opening of church doors effective June 10

| June 5, 2020 | 0 Comments

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said June 5 that effective June 10 his “Stay Safe Minnesota” plan will allow 50 percent capacity at church gatherings, up from 25 percent that has been in effect since May 27. But the maximum number of people expected at liturgies and other events remains at 250.

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Meghan Markle urges Catholic high school graduates to help rebuild nation

Meghan Markle urges Catholic high school graduates to help rebuild nation

| Carol Zimmermann | June 5, 2020 | 0 Comments

Meghan Markle virtually returned to her alma mater, Immaculate Heart of Mary High School in Los Angeles, for a surprise graduation speech June 3.

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Bishop Hying says cap on worship size ‘unjust,’ stifles church’s mission

Bishop Hying says cap on worship size ‘unjust,’ stifles church’s mission

The 50-person cap instituted by local city and county officials for houses of worship in their reopening plans “has unjustly stifled our pastoral mission,” Madison Bishop Donald Hying said in a statement.

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Marking World Environment Day, pope says: Don’t look the other way

Marking World Environment Day, pope says: Don’t look the other way

| Carol Glatz | June 5, 2020 | 0 Comments

Building a healthier, better world depends on everyone, Pope Francis said in his message marking World Environment Day June 5.

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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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