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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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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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Virtual Renaissance: Online tourism breathes new life in ailing industry

Virtual Renaissance: Online tourism breathes new life in ailing industry

| Junno Arocho Esteves | July 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

As museums and historical sites in Italy slowly begin opening their doors after several months of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, technology may prove to be the “renaissance” the country’s tourism industry desperately needs.

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Vatican: More must be done to protect rights, dignity of refugees

Vatican: More must be done to protect rights, dignity of refugees

| Junno Arocho Esteves | July 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

The international community must increase its efforts to help protect the lives of refugees, who are often exploited instead of being protected, a Vatican official said.

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Ex-Salvadoran officer: ‘High command’ gave order to kill Jesuits in ’89

Ex-Salvadoran officer: ‘High command’ gave order to kill Jesuits in ’89

| David Agren | July 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

A former Salvadoran army officer has testified that the “high command” gave orders to eliminate Jesuits priests during the country’s civil war. He also said the Central American country’s president would have known of the crimes to be committed and did not intervene.

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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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