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COVID forces Knock shrine to close Aug. 15 to discourage crowds

COVID forces Knock shrine to close Aug. 15 to discourage crowds

| August 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Marian shrine at Knock announced Aug. 10 that in addition to postponing the popular Knock Novena and pilgrimage because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the shrine and its church would be closed for the Aug. 15 feast of the Assumption of Mary to ensure pilgrims do not arrive anyway.

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Is 2020 the year that gets young people to polls in bigger numbers?

Is 2020 the year that gets young people to polls in bigger numbers?

| Betty Araya | August 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Steven Millies, a scholar who explores the Catholic Church’s relationship to politics, feels more optimistic today than he has in a long time about young people in this country voting in a national election.

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Catholic prayer, meditation app Hallow sees huge increase in popularity

Catholic prayer, meditation app Hallow sees huge increase in popularity

| Ian Alvano | August 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

When the developers of the Catholic meditation app Hallow launched it in 2018, they hoped to attract young Catholics, but what is now the country’s No. 1 Catholic app has a bigger reach than that.

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Earthquake felt in North Carolina brings reading during Sunday Mass to life

Earthquake felt in North Carolina brings reading during Sunday Mass to life

| Patricia L. Guilfoyle | August 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Scripture really came alive Aug. 9 for Catholics in Charlotte.

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Faith wobbles sometimes; what counts is calling for God’s help, pope says

Faith wobbles sometimes; what counts is calling for God’s help, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | August 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Everyone, including the pope, experiences trials that can shake his or her faith; the key to survival is to call out to the Lord for help, Pope Francis said.

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Paper Mario: Origami King — A-I (E)

Paper Mario: Origami King — A-I (E)

| Adele Chapline Smith | August 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Like its predecessors in the popular Nintendo franchise, “Paper Mario: The Origami King” is a fun and wholesome game that can be enjoyed by the entire family. It’s the sixth release in the “Paper Mario” series, which dates back to 2000 and the Nintendo 64 console.

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Suspended priest excommunicated for still saying Mass, teaching against pope

Suspended priest excommunicated for still saying Mass, teaching against pope

| August 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

A suspended priest in the Diocese of Sacramento has been automatically excommunicated because he continued to celebrate Mass despite being instructed not to do so by Bishop Jaime Soto, and he also has refused to acknowledge Pope Francis as head of the Catholic Church.

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Pope baptizes twins after successful surgery to separate them

Pope baptizes twins after successful surgery to separate them

| Cindy Wooden | August 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Their heads encased in white bandages covering the wounds where they had been conjoined, 2-year-old twins named Ervina and Prefina were baptized by Pope Francis Aug. 6 in the chapel of his residence.

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Md. county official says in new decree schools cannot open before Oct. 1

Md. county official says in new decree schools cannot open before Oct. 1

| Richard Szczepanowski | August 7, 2020 | 0 Comments

Citing regulations to circumvent Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s related Aug. 3 emergency order, Montgomery County’s health officer issued a new directive Aug. 5 again stating that due to increasing rates in the spread of COVID-19, nonpublic schools there cannot reopen for in-person instruction until at least Oct. 1.

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