Third graders at St. John Berchmans School in Chicago walk outside of the building, in this 2013 file photo. Catholic schools, especially those serving urban areas, have been disproportionately impacted in the ongoing fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, three U.S. bishops told the Congressional Black Caucus leaders July 31, 2020. (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World)
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"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."
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“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.
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The Vatican document bars laypeople from leading parishes and emphasizes the role of priests.
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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.
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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.
French firefighters gather at the scene of a blaze at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul in Nantes July 18, 2020. Police are investigating the incident as arson because the fire started in three different places. (CNS photo/Stephane Mahe, Reuters)
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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.
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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.
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Due to the new round of coronavirus cases, California has had to reverse course and reinstate closures. "Outdoor Masses and other liturgical services such as adoration and prayer services are allowed and encouraged," an L.A. archdiocesan news release said.
Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, pictured in a Nov. 7, 2018, photo, signed legislation May 7, 2019, to ban abortions in the state once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is around six weeks. (CNS photo/Chris Aluka Berry, Reuters)
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On July 13, a U.S. District Court ruled the law infringed upon constitutional rights, including those established by the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade and the 1992 decision Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
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Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark, New Jersey has said that executing federal death row inmate Dustin Le Honken "will do nothing to restore justice or heal those burdened by these crimes."