“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.
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.
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.
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."