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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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Catholic college graduations: No pomp, but a lot of circumstance this year

Catholic college graduations: No pomp, but a lot of circumstance this year

| Carol Zimmermann | May 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Graduation ceremonies, the hallowed traditions of colleges and universities around the country, are as upended — but also marked with creativity — as school lectures and seminars have been since mid-March.

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Though hard times ahead, Vatican not at risk of default, official says

Though hard times ahead, Vatican not at risk of default, official says

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

Although the Vatican is facing difficult years ahead due to the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, its budget is not facing a massive default, said the prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy.

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Soviet prisoners of conscience petitioned St. John Paul II for help

Soviet prisoners of conscience petitioned St. John Paul II for help

| Jonathan Luxmoore | May 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Soviet political prisoners from various backgrounds begged St. John Paul II’s help in secret messages after his 1978 election, according to a former inmate in recollections published for the late pope’s hundredth birthday.

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Online classes pose real learning curve for special needs students

Online classes pose real learning curve for special needs students

| Agnieszka Ruck | May 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

With schools closed and classes being taught online, average families are having a tough enough time adapting to new routines and technologies during the ongoing pandemic. But for families of students with special needs, distance learning can be an even bigger hurdle.

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Educator to parents: Don’t try to replicate the classroom at home

Educator to parents: Don’t try to replicate the classroom at home

No two homes are the same, Catholic educators told BC Catholic, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Vancouver.

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Once he retires, NFL quarterback to coach at Catholic high school

Once he retires, NFL quarterback to coach at Catholic high school

| Rob Herbst | May 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Philip Rivers said he fulfilled one childhood dream by playing quarterback in the NFL. He’ll soon fulfill another by coaching high school football.

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Advocates fight traffickers who continue to thrive despite pandemic

Advocates fight traffickers who continue to thrive despite pandemic

| Dennis Sadowski | May 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Advocates fighting human traffickers are alerting children, parents and vulnerable adults that the coronavirus pandemic has pushed traffickers into new venues, potentially endangering more people to being exploited.

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KSTP-TV to air story of Black Elk, Lakota man on sainthood path, May 24

KSTP-TV to air story of Black Elk, Lakota man on sainthood path, May 24

| John Mulderig | May 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

In the late 1800s, Black Elk, an Oglala Lakota medicine man participating in the Ghost Dance movement, had a vision of a figure with pierced hands who identified himself as the Son of God. He called on all the people of the world to unite.

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Pontifical universities to reopen in the fall, but have backup plans

Pontifical universities to reopen in the fall, but have backup plans

| Cindy Wooden | May 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education has asked pontifical universities and faculties to plan to reopen in the fall and teach with students present.

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Amid pandemic, nurses have given heroic example, pope says

Amid pandemic, nurses have given heroic example, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | May 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

Marking International Nurses Day May 12, Pope Francis offered his early morning Mass for nurses who “carry out this profession which is more than a profession; it is a vocation, a commitment.”

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Vatican official, panelists urge looking beyond U.S. during pandemic

Vatican official, panelists urge looking beyond U.S. during pandemic

| Bronwen Dachs | May 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

The coronavirus pandemic invites Catholics to listen with courage to the cry of the poor and to act in solidarity, said Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

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