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Knights of Holy Sepulchre give $3.5 million in emergency aid to Holy Land

Knights of Holy Sepulchre give $3.5 million in emergency aid to Holy Land

| Cindy Wooden | September 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

As members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem around the world were experiencing their own COVID-19 lockdowns, they contributed some $3.5 million to a special fund to support the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, especially its schools and charitable outreach.

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Supreme Court to begin new term as it ended last one: by teleconference

Supreme Court to begin new term as it ended last one: by teleconference

| Carol Zimmermann | September 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Supreme Court, which begins its new term Oct. 5, will be hearing oral arguments by teleconference, just as it did at the end of the last term, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Abraham Accords called ‘truly historic milestone’ in Middle East peace

Abraham Accords called ‘truly historic milestone’ in Middle East peace

| September 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

A Catholic congressman who is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee called the Middle East peace accord signed Sept. 15 at the White House a “momentous pact” he hopes “is the beginning of several future peace accords to strengthen peace within the region.”

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Intended as inclusive, encyclical title will be in Italian, official says

Intended as inclusive, encyclical title will be in Italian, official says

| Carol Glatz | September 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis’ encyclical on fraternity and social friendship will be released with an Italian title that will not be translated into different languages, reported Vatican News.

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Pew sees religious voters’ support for 2020 nominees mirroring past elections

Pew sees religious voters’ support for 2020 nominees mirroring past elections

| September 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

Support for Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden from voters who identify as religious appears to adhere to earlier patterns, a Pew researcher told a Georgetown University panel Sept. 15.

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Creation must be protected, not exploited, pope says at audience

Creation must be protected, not exploited, pope says at audience

| Junno Arocho Esteves | September 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

Human beings must change their relationship with nature and view it not as an “object for unscrupulous use and abuse” but as a gift they are charged by God to care for and protect, Pope Francis said.

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Four Puerto Rican dioceses to receive $82 million in special FEMA funding

Four Puerto Rican dioceses to receive $82 million in special FEMA funding

| September 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

With the help of Catholic Extension and two other organizations, four Catholic dioceses in Puerto Rico were selected to receive to $82 million in “hazard mitigation funding” from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Study: Teens’ religious practice less than that of their parents

Study: Teens’ religious practice less than that of their parents

| Mark Pattison | September 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

A Pew Research Center study released in September shows that teens’ religious practice is less than that of their parents. The lessened observance cuts across all denominational lines.

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Dioceses brace for damage as Hurricane Sally slams into Gulf Coast

Dioceses brace for damage as Hurricane Sally slams into Gulf Coast

| Rhina Guidos | September 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

A Catholic archdiocese and two dioceses in three states are assessing damage from what’s being referred to as catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Sally.

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Bruce Springsteen gives pep talk of sorts to Boston College freshmen

Bruce Springsteen gives pep talk of sorts to Boston College freshmen

| Carol Zimmermann | September 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

As this unusual school year gets underway, Boston College freshmen were reminded that they’ve already been through a lot and were urged — as college graduating seniors usually are — that they have to go out and change the world.

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HUD’s proposed fair housing rule should be withdrawn, say Catholic leaders

HUD’s proposed fair housing rule should be withdrawn, say Catholic leaders

| Julie Asher | September 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Charities USA said the Trump administration should withdraw its proposed rule to replace the Obama administration’s 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing regulation because the new rule “undermines efforts to promote fair housing and human dignity.”

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U.S. evangelicals get Israeli visas; Catholics want equal treatment

U.S. evangelicals get Israeli visas; Catholics want equal treatment

| Judith Sudilovsky | September 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Catholic leaders in the Holy Land expressed astonishment that a large group of evangelical Christians from the U.S. received visas to come to Israel to help with the grape harvest in West Bank settlements, while Catholic institutions have not been able to obtain Israeli visas for their volunteers and staff members because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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