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Catholic universities oppose ICE guidance for international students

Catholic universities oppose ICE guidance for international students

| Carol Zimmermann | July 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

U.S. Catholic college and university leaders have joined the nation’s higher education community in condemning a new policy announced by the Trump administration that would prevent international students from remaining in or coming to the United States if their colleges use a completely online format in the fall semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cardinal Tobin asks Trump to grant clemency to federal death-row inmate

Cardinal Tobin asks Trump to grant clemency to federal death-row inmate

Federal death-row inmate Dustin Lee Honken was convicted of “heinous” crimes but killing him “will do nothing to restore justice or heal those still burdened by these crimes,” Cardinal Joseph Tobin said in a July 9 letter to President Donald Trump.

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Why “What are the bishops doing about it?” is the wrong question

Why “What are the bishops doing about it?” is the wrong question

| Bishop Robert Barron | July 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

Recently, the bishops of California made a statement regarding the attacks on the statues of St. Junipero Serra in San Francisco, Ventura, and Los Angeles. While acknowledging that there are legitimate concerns about racism both historical and contemporary, we insisted that the characterization of Serra as the moral equivalent of Hitler and the missions he founded as tantamount to death camps is simply unconscionable.

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Retired Pope Benedict follows his brother’s funeral virtually

Retired Pope Benedict follows his brother’s funeral virtually

Retired Pope Benedict XVI followed the funeral of his brother, Georg Ratzinger, via livestreaming, reported the German Catholic news agency KNA.

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Caritas worker warns of disaster in Burkina Faso

Caritas worker warns of disaster in Burkina Faso

| Jonathan Luxmoore | July 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

A Catholic aid worker has warned of a humanitarian catastrophe in Burkina Faso, with over 2 million facing starvation in the face of Islamist attacks and poor harvests.

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Decline in confession called harmful to Church’s mission to spread Gospel

Decline in confession called harmful to Church’s mission to spread Gospel

| Gina Christian | July 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

With COVID restrictions lifting, pastors looking to welcome faithful back should rethink their confession schedules — and start talking more about the sacrament in the pulpit.

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U.S. bishops welcome court decision on Catholic schools

U.S. bishops welcome court decision on Catholic schools

| Carol Zimmermann | July 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

Two U.S. bishops said they welcomed the Supreme Court’s 7-2 ruling July 8 which said California Catholic schools could not be sued for job discrimination in firing teachers. The bishops said the decision “rightly acknowledged” the limit on state authority.

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Court rules in favor of employer exemptions to contraceptive coverage

Court rules in favor of employer exemptions to contraceptive coverage

| Carol Zimmermann | July 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

In a 7-2 ruling July 8, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Trump administration rules that give employers more ability to opt out of providing contraceptive coverage in their health plans.

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What Father Tolton might say about today’s racial injustices

What Father Tolton might say about today’s racial injustices

| Joyce Duriga | July 7, 2020 | 0 Comments

Father Augustus Tolton, the first identified Black priest ordained for the United States, would likely be disappointed by what he sees going on in the United States today, said Father David Jones, pastor of St. Benedict the African Parish in Chicago.

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