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Priest donates kidney to help mom lead life she imagines for her family

Priest donates kidney to help mom lead life she imagines for her family

| John Shaughnessy | July 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Like many parents, Rebeca Barcenas had this one overwhelming prayer that she continually shared with God.

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Detroit Catholic high school looks at combating racial, social injustice

Detroit Catholic high school looks at combating racial, social injustice

| Michael Stechschulte | July 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Bruce McDonald remembers being a teenager and getting his driver’s license. He was excited, as most 16-year-olds are, to visit friends and “explore the world.”

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Fire ravages historic California mission, but community vows to rebuild

Fire ravages historic California mission, but community vows to rebuild

| Pablo Kay | July 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

The fire that ravaged Mission San Gabriel Arcangel church in the predawn hours of July 11 left behind a haunting scene.

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Bishops renew nuclear disarmament call as 1945 bombing anniversary nears

Bishops renew nuclear disarmament call as 1945 bombing anniversary nears

| July 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Members of a U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ committee renewed a long-standing call for nuclear disarmament as the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of two Japanese cities neared.

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Robbers invade convent in Uganda, beat nuns while taking valuables, cash

Robbers invade convent in Uganda, beat nuns while taking valuables, cash

| Godfrey Olukya | July 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni instructed security officials to carry out a thorough investigation to track down robbers who attacked a convent 75 miles west of the capital.

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Pope ‘saddened’ by Turkish court ruling to turn Hagia Sophia into mosque

Pope ‘saddened’ by Turkish court ruling to turn Hagia Sophia into mosque

| Junno Arocho Esteves | July 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis said he was saddened after a Turkish court ruled to revert the iconic Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque.

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Coakley: Loans keep ‘essential ministries’ going during national emergency

Coakley: Loans keep ‘essential ministries’ going during national emergency

| Julie Asher | July 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ domestic policy committee said the federal emergency “bridge loans” that dioceses, parishes and other Catholic entities applied for provided a lifeline, allowing “our essential ministries to continue to function in a time of national emergency.”

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July 16 virtual pilgrimage to Lourdes to affirm prayer against COVID-19

July 16 virtual pilgrimage to Lourdes to affirm prayer against COVID-19

| Jonathan Luxmoore | July 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

An international virtual pilgrimage to the sanctuary of Lourdes, France, will “affirm the power of prayer” against COVID-19, said the shrine’s vice rector.

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Survey of bishops reveals how pandemic has shaken diocesan, parish life

Survey of bishops reveals how pandemic has shaken diocesan, parish life

| Dennis Sadowski | July 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Nearly every bishop responding to a survey said the coronavirus pandemic has seriously affected the celebration of the sacraments and rites and sacramental preparation programs in their dioceses.

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Hard-hit Italian hospital has no more COVID-19 patients in intensive care

Hard-hit Italian hospital has no more COVID-19 patients in intensive care

| Carol Glatz | July 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Staff at the Pope John XXIII hospital in Bergamo — once the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy — announced they had no more patients with coronavirus in their intensive care unit.

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Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. from WHO ‘deeply regrettable,’ CHA says

Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. from WHO ‘deeply regrettable,’ CHA says

The Catholic Health Association July 7 said it was “deeply regrettable” that President Donald Trump has formally withdrawn the U.S. from the World Health Organization during a global pandemic.

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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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