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New emergency aid bill aims to cut most benefits to Catholic schools

New emergency aid bill aims to cut most benefits to Catholic schools

| Dennis Sadowski | May 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Catholic leaders expressed deep reservations about a new $3 trillion tax cut and spending bill in response to the economic fallout caused by the coronavirus pandemic that would restrict support for Catholic school students.

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Bishops call for end to surrogacy as pandemic strands newborns in Ukraine

Bishops call for end to surrogacy as pandemic strands newborns in Ukraine

Border closures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have highlighted another “pathology” in modern Ukraine: the practice of commercial surrogacy, said the country’s Catholic bishops.

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Advocates seek debt relief so poor nations can better respond to pandemic

Advocates seek debt relief so poor nations can better respond to pandemic

| Dennis Sadowski | May 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Advocates for debt relief for the world’s poorest countries are calling on international policymakers to cancel debt payments and expand debt relief for developing nations to bolster health care and protect vulnerable people and workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Postulator says he found no evidence St. John Paul covered up abuse

Postulator says he found no evidence St. John Paul covered up abuse

| Carol Glatz | May 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

The postulator and the commission involved in investigating the life of Pope John Paul II for sainthood cause found no evidence that the pope knowingly neglected or covered up abuse scandals, the postulator said.

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Fauci to Jesuit high school graduates: ‘We will get through this’

Fauci to Jesuit high school graduates: ‘We will get through this’

| Carol Zimmermann | May 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is used to addressing the country about steps to contain the coronavirus, but in mid-May he spoke directly to graduates of the nation’s 60 Jesuit high schools with words of encouragement and congratulations.

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Bishops urge ‘robust response’ on virus for nation’s indigenous peoples

Bishops urge ‘robust response’ on virus for nation’s indigenous peoples

Three U.S. bishops said in a joint statement May 13 they are “heartbroken” that Native Americans and other indigenous people in the United States “continue to greatly suffer from the COVID-19 epidemic” and at “disproportionately high rates” compared to other U.S. communities.

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Pope joins interreligious prayer, begging God to end pandemic

Pope joins interreligious prayer, begging God to end pandemic

| Cindy Wooden | May 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

At a time of global “tragedy and suffering” because of the coronavirus, and in view of the long-term impact it will have, believers of every religion should beg mercy from the one God and father of all, Pope Francis said.

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‘Modest resurgence’ seen in the use of chant at Mass

‘Modest resurgence’ seen in the use of chant at Mass

| Mark Pattison | May 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

When Catholics return to their churches as coronavirus-induced lockdowns ease up, they’re not likely to be confronted with a bunch of unfamiliar words in Latin printed in some medieval-era typeface with notes in the shape of squares rather than ovals.

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Apart but together: Church shows creativity ministering during pandemics

Apart but together: Church shows creativity ministering during pandemics

| Carol Glatz | May 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Church’s acceptance of a ban on gathering for public worship and following other painful COVID-19 restrictions reflects its long-held understanding that faith, service and science are not at war with one another.

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NCPD head offers lessons on inclusion during a pandemic

NCPD head offers lessons on inclusion during a pandemic

| Mark Pattison | May 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

If there is anything to be learned from the coronavirus pandemic, it is that “God is in control,” said the executive director of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability.

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Text alerts unite Catholics in prayer for COVID-19 patients who will receive anointing

Text alerts unite Catholics in prayer for COVID-19 patients who will receive anointing

| May 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Catholics across the archdiocese have been invited to support the team and “those who are suffering most intensely, usually in sterile isolation, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the archdiocese states on its website.

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Pope makes donation to fund scholarships in Lebanon

Pope makes donation to fund scholarships in Lebanon

| Junno Arocho Esteves | May 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis donated $200,000 to fund educational scholarships in Lebanon, which is facing a devastating economic crisis compounded by the coronavirus pandemic.

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