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Vatican official: Racism is ‘spiritual’ virus that must be wiped out

Vatican official: Racism is ‘spiritual’ virus that must be wiped out

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

Much like the coronavirus pandemic, racism is a “spiritual” virus that has spread throughout the world and must be eradicated, said Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

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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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Christ can overcome racism, Minnesota priest says at George Floyd prayer service

Christ can overcome racism, Minnesota priest says at George Floyd prayer service

| Christine Rousselle | May 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Rutten, pastor of St. Peter Claver Church, led the service on Friday evening, hours after buildings in the parish neighborhood were set ablaze. The prayer service was also attended by Archbishop Bernard Hebda and auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens of St. Paul-Minneapolis.

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After death of George Floyd, Minnesota Catholics pray for justice

After death of George Floyd, Minnesota Catholics pray for justice

| JD Flynn | May 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Jones said she hopes Catholics will remember that “God created us all as equals, and to recognize that we all should love each other no matter what the color of our skin is, our economic status, or anything that would make us seem different from anybody else. To accept us all as human beings. As God would want us to do.”

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U.S. bishops: Floyd’s death ‘the latest wake up call’ for ‘determined conversion’

U.S. bishops: Floyd’s death ‘the latest wake up call’ for ‘determined conversion’

| May 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

We are broken-hearted, sickened, and outraged to watch another video of an African American man being killed before our very eyes,” they wrote. “What’s more astounding is that this is happening within mere weeks of several other such occurrences.”

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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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Racism seen ‘at heart’ of man’s death at hands of Minneapolis police

Racism seen ‘at heart’ of man’s death at hands of Minneapolis police

| Julie Asher | May 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

The racism “at the heart” of the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis “penetrates every aspect of life in the United States” and seeds “the terror that threatens communities of color and disfigures all our humanity,” Pax Christi USA said May 28.

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