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Ministry in the midst of pandemic: A survey of US bishops (Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate)

2 hours 47 min ago
59% of the nation’s bishops responded to the survey, which examines diocesan morale, finances, and technology. The survey found that 17% of bishops have laid off staff, while 50% have decided not to do so.

USCCB: 'Act now to help save Catholic schools!' (USCCB)

2 hours 47 min ago
The USCCB called on the faithful to ask Congress “to include additional relief for Catholic schools in the next emergency relief package. Public schools are asking for $300 billion dollars, and it is important to make sure that hard-hit Catholic school families also receive emergency relief.”

Cardinal Bo, other religious leaders: 'We are weary of war, worn down by enmities' (UCANews)

2 hours 47 min ago
Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon (Myanmar) is president of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences. Internal conflict in Myanmar began in 1948.

US Navy changes course, allows attendance at religious services with precautions (National Catholic Register)

2 hours 47 min ago
Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who heads the US military archdiocese, had criticized the policy, which forbade members from attending off-base military services.

Pope expresses closeness to priests with CO19 in Buenos Aires slums (Vatican News)

2 hours 47 min ago
“I want to tell you that I am close to you, that I am praying for you and that I am accompanying you right now,” Pope Francis said in his video message.

Sudanese Christians await reform on teaching Christianity in schools (Vatican News)

2 hours 47 min ago
Sudan (map) is a northeastern African nation of 44.4 million that is distinct from largely Christian and animist South Sudan. Islam is Sudan’s official religion; the nation is 92% Muslim and 5% Christian, with nearly 3% adhering to ethnic religions.

Some historians troubled by upcoming canonization of Blessed Charles de Foucauld (La Croix)

2 hours 47 min ago
Ladji Ouattara criticized the “deep nationalist and colonialist convictions of this Saharan hermit” (French article). Pope St. John Paul II paid tribute to him as a “model of adoration and dialogue.”

'Ashamed': Fiji archbishop apologizes for alleged past abuse in Catholic schools (TVNZ)

3 hours 47 min ago
Archbishop Peter Loy Chong’s apology comes after a report on sexual abuse in Fiji’s Catholic schools. At the same time, he said that “since he took up the position in 2013, the Catholic Church in Fiji has not received any reports of such allegations.

Catholic universities oppose ICE rule for international students (CNS)

3 hours 47 min ago
The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities described a new federal rule for international students as “not only bad health policy, it is heartless.”

New Zealand bishop resumes ministry after hiatus (NZ Catholic)

3 hours 47 min ago
Referring to a “particularly harrowing and testing time for me personally,” Bishop Michael Dooley of Dunedin had stepped back from his ministry on May 3. “This experience has reminded me that when I am in difficulty then I need to reach out for help from others and most of all for help from God.”

Texas court upholds expulsion of child from Catholic elementary school (Religion Clause)

3 hours 47 min ago
A Texas state appellate court ruled that “the management of internal affairs, conformity of members to the moral standards required of them, and, in the context of an educational faith-based institution, the expulsion or retention of students are considered ecclesiastical matters,” and not matters for the courts.

Payday lending rule exposes the poor and vulnerable to predatory and abusive lending practices, bishop warns (USCCB)

3 hours 47 min ago
“I am deeply disappointed by [the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s] final rule that strips away even the basic requirement that loans be made only when people can afford them, setting up workers and families to fail,” said Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. “Payday lending is modern day usury.” Catholic Charities USA issued a similar statement.

Evangelical, Catholic leaders say President Trump has left persecuted Christians in danger (RNS)

3 hours 47 min ago
“We are living in what St. John Paul II called a ‘new age of martyrdom,’ where many worldwide face persecution for their faith,” said Auxiliary Bishop Mario Dorsonville of Washington, chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on Migration. “I pray our nation will reverse course and once again stand with refugees and asylum seekers, including those escaping religious persecution.”

In Sea Sunday message, cardinal laments plight of seafarers in time of CO19 (Vatican Press Office)

4 hours 47 min ago
Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, also wrote a prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary for Sea Sunday, which commemorates the work of the Apostleship of the Sea.

'The mother of all parables': Pope Francis reflects on the parable of the sower (Vatican Press Office)

4 hours 47 min ago
On July 12, Pope Francis devoted his Sunday Angelus address to Matthew 13:1-23, the Gospel of the day (video).

Head of French bishops foresees women cardinals in future (La Croix)

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 10:07 AM
“In a complete synodal form, the voice of women should especially be heard more, given that the apostolic succession is reserved to men,” said Archbishop Eric de Moulins-Beaufort of Rheims, president of the French Bishops’ Conference.

'I was born into a new life': How a Canadian street priest became a Catholic cardinal overnight (The Globe and Mail)

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 9:07 AM
Cardinal Michael Czerny, SJ, is Undersecretary of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

Catholic Charities: 'Deep disappointment' after removal of payday lending protections (Catholic Charities USA)

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 9:07 AM
“We are deeply disappointed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s action to remove crucial consumer protections from its rule on payday and car title lending,” Catholic Charities USA said after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau revoked lending restrictions. “Scripture condemns usury and teaches us to respect the God-given dignity of each person and to love our neighbors rather than exploiting their financial vulnerability.”

Gunmen attack Catholic priest, mourners in Kaduna (The Guardian)

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 9:07 AM
Kaduna State (map) is located in north-central Nigeria.

Arrest made in fire at Florida Catholic parish (Ocala Star-Banner)

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 9:07 AM
Steven Shields, 23, was charged with attempted second-degree murder, arson, and burglary after he drove his van through the doors of Queen of Peace Catholic Church. A police report described him as a schizophrenic who cited Scripture.