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Some Experts Split From Fauci on Holy Communion Recommendation

DENVER, Colo. — As dioceses across the United States start to reopen public Masses, the scientist leading the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic recommended that Catholic Churches ought not resume distribution of Holy Communion....

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Religious Freedom in Jeopardy as China Passes New Hong Kong ‘Security Laws’

DENVER, Colo. — A Hong Kong cardinal told CNA that changes to Hong Kong’s status in China could threaten the religious freedom of Catholics and other religious believers. The legislature of China on May 28 approved a resolution to impose new...

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Unraveling the Complicated Life of Norma McCorvey

“Her whole life was an attempt to tell her real story. That never really happened. I hope it can posthumously.” So laments Protestant minister Rob Schenck, a onetime pro-life leader with Operation Rescue and one of three pastors who...

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Who Was the Real Norma McCorvey?

Was Norma McCorvey — the Jane Roe behind Roe v. Wade — manipulated and exploited? Was she used to advance a cause that wasn’t hers? It’s hard to say if exploitation was the intent of the producers of AKA Jane Roe, an FX television documentary...

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St. Cloud Diocese Reaches Settlement on Abuse Claims, Will File for Bankruptcy

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — The Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota will pay $22.5 million into a trust for sexual abuse survivors, under a plan that involves filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The diocese announced Tuesday that it had reached an agreement...

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Education Department: Transgender Athlete Policy Violates Title IX

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A Connecticut high school sports policy allowing biologically male athletes to compete in female events is a Title IX violation, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights ruled on Thursday.   The Connecticut...

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Lebanon’s ‘Pillar’ of Catholic Education at Risk of Collapsing

BEIRUT — Catholic education — long one of the pillars of Lebanese society — is in danger of collapsing due to the country’s dire economic crisis. A public letter to the president of Lebanon, signed by the General Secretariat of Catholic Schools...

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Pentecost and the Power of the Holy Spirit

Sunday, May 31, is Pentecost Sunday. Mass readings: Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34; 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13; John 20:19-23. When I was in the third or fourth grade, our teacher invited a guest speaker to address our class on the subject...

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Shepherding New York City’s Faithful, in the Heart of the Coronavirus Pandemic

NEW YORK — Nothing is small in the city of New York. Everything that happens here seems to happen in the biggest way and in the largest size — including the coronavirus pandemic. When it comes to the pandemic, it has hit the Archdiocese of New...

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President Trump Backs Reopening Churches in States With COVID-19 Restrictions

WASHINGTON — Churches across the nation are reopening according to their state’s guidelines and President Donald Trump on May 22 called on state governors to allow churches to reopen “right now” as “essential” services. The Centers for Disease...