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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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Twins conjoined at head successfully separated at Vatican-owned hospital

Twins conjoined at head successfully separated at Vatican-owned hospital

| Carol Glatz | July 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

After more than a year of preliminary studies and three difficult operations, a medical team at the Vatican-owned pediatric hospital successfully separated conjoined twin girls.

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Supreme Court decision on contraceptives called a win for religious freedom

Supreme Court decision on contraceptives called a win for religious freedom

Several organizations praised the U.S. Supreme Court decision that upheld Trump administration regulations giving employers more ability to opt out of providing contraceptive coverage in their health plans.

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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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Corruption in Somalia complicates aid during pandemic

Corruption in Somalia complicates aid during pandemic

| Francis Njuguna | July 7, 2020 | 0 Comments

Corruption in Somalia complicates the battle against the spread of COVID-19 in the Horn of Africa country, a representative of Caritas said.

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