"I recognize that this news is profoundly painful for our students and their families, teachers and principals, school communities, and those who support Catholic education, as well as for our archdiocesan community," said Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark.
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco is worried about the spiritual health of people during the pandemic and is urging priests to continue addressing their flock's spiritual well-being as best they can.
"Catholic schools are facing a crisis at this very moment," the three bishops said. "Over 130 schools have already announced permanent closure. These closures are disproportionately harmful to low-income and Black children."
“There is no doubt that we owe a great debt of gratitude to our Jesuit brothers who have shepherded this parish so well for so long,” Santa Fe Archbishop John C. Wester said in a July 27 statement about Immaculate Conception Parish.
French media reported the 39-year-old man, named only as Emmanuel A, admitted lighting two fires in the area of a 17th-century organ and a third above an electrical panel in the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul July 18 and a third above an electrical panel.
The beheading of a statue of Christ at a Catholic church in the Miami Archdiocese has saddened the parish community and prompted the archbishop to call for investigation of the incident as a hate crime.
Although more than 100 firefighters contained the blaze within two hours and stopped it from spreading to the main body of the church, a 17th-century choir organ at the west end of the building was destroyed with much of the choir area and multiple stained-glass windows.
Economic dislocation and food supply disruption as a result of the pandemic has increased the utility of food pantries, as evidenced in a New Jersey diocese.