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In a virtual talk, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, urged graduates of her alma mater-the Immaculate Heart of Mary High School in Los Angeles-to work to "rebuild" the country in the wake of the protests over George Floyd's death.
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The church had argued that California Gov. Gavin Newsom's reopening orders violated the Constitution because they placed fewer restrictions on some secular businesses than they did on houses of worship.
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Catholic advocates against the death penalty have assailed the state of Missouri for proceeding with the first execution to occur during the pandemic, despite the efforts to stop it.
The statues in St Vincent's Circle on DePaul University's Chicago campus are decorated with protective face masks April 30, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. School officials say extreme caution tops the checklists for Catholic colleges throughout the U.S. to reopen in the fall. (DePaul University/Jeff Carrion)
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The Chronicle of Higher Education reported May 18 that 68% of 600 colleges and universities were planning to reopen with in-person education in the fall, while 10% were waiting to decide. An online format was the choice for 7% of schools.
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In April, when many college leaders realized typical graduation ceremonies would not be feasible, they reached out to their school communities with apologies and an acknowledgement the situation was both unusual and very unpredictable.
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In this case, the court is asked to determine if the fired teachers fell under the "ministers" category and were therefore exempt from job discrimination protections.
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The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court apparently seem divided over a case involving The Little Sisters of the Poor which concerns a Trump administration ruling allowing religious employer exemptions for contraceptive coverage in health plans.
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On the state level, governors are also presenting their plans to gradually reopen. Mike DeWine, governor of Ohio, for example, presented his plans April 27 to begin reopening.
Medical workers from Kaiser Permanente in Oregon wear donated coronavirus masks made by Dennis Uniform. The Portland company makes school uniforms for 2,500 private and Catholic schools throughout the U.S. (CNS photo/courtesy Dennis Uniform) 
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Carol Zimmermann - Catholic News Service
A Catholic school uniform company in Oregon, in an effort to assist medical personnel dealing with the pandemic, are making and providing face masks for their work.
Bishop Peter Baldacchino of Las Cruces, N.M., wears a mask and gloves while giving Communion to a passenger of a vehicle during the Easter Vigil in the parking lot of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Las Cruces April 11, 2020. Bishop Baldacchino became the first-known U.S. prelate to lift a diocesan ban on public Mass April 15, 2020, and told priests they may resume sacramental ministry if they follow state health mandates. (CNS photo/courtesy David McNamara, Diocese of Las Cruces)
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Carol Zimmermann - Catholic News Service
Bishop Peter Baldacchino of Las Cruces, New Mexico is reversing his previous decision to ban public Masses due to the coronavirus pandemic and will allow Masses to resume, with restrictions.