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After Leukemia Returns, Bishop Murry of Youngstown Resigns

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Bishop George Murry of Youngstown, Ohio has submitted his resignation to Pope Francis, due to a recurrence of leukemia, the diocese has announced. The bishop is 71 years old, four years younger than standard retirement age for...

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Pope Francis: Prayer is a Refuge Against Evil

VATICAN CITY — Prayer is a refuge and protection against the evil of the world, Pope Francis said in his general audience address Wednesday. Speaking via livestream from his library in the apostolic palace, the pope illustrated this point with...

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Knights of Columbus Founder Fr. Michael McGivney to be Beatified

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Fr. Michael J. McGivney Wednesday, paving the way for the beatification of the founder of the Knights of Columbus. During a May 26 meeting with Cardinal Angelo...

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Catholic Priests: Holy Water and Super Soakers Don't Mix

DENVER, Colo. — After photos appearing to depict blessings or baptisms by water gun went viral online, several priests cautioned that Catholics should take care to treat sacred objects and rites with a proper sense of reverence. “Putting holy...

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Research Aims to Quantify and Explain Drop in US Religiosity

WAHINGTON, D.C. — The current drop in the number of people in the United States identifying with a religion may not be permanent, but it is in some ways unprecedented, according to a new research study aiming to quantify the drop in religiosity...

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Chinese Bishop Who Suffered Years of Forced Labor Dies at 98

ROME, Italy — A Chinese underground bishop who was sentenced to 10 years of forced labor in the 1980s for bringing Catholics on pilgrimage to the Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Sheshan died this month at the age of 98. Joseph Zhu Baoyu, bishop...

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PBS Documentary ‘Created Equal’ Captures the Essence of Clarence Thomas

One of the formative experiences of my life was the year I spent clerking for Justice Clarence Thomas, helping him prepare for cases, draft opinions and think through major legal questions. Along with three other young lawyers, I had the...

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How Has ‘Laudato Si’ Fared After 5 Years?

Last week the Vatican celebrated “Laudato Si Week” to coincide with the worldwide observance of the centennial of the birth of St. John Paul the Great. This week, for the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ ecological encyclical, it...

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Knights of Columbus Council Provides a Beacon of Hope During COVID-19 Pandemic

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — No man is an island, but the COVID-19 pandemic had confined Father Joseph Henry to one. At 88 years old, his routines of hearing Mass and confessions at neighboring parishes had come to a sudden stop. He had ministered to...

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Stranded Babies, Hurting Moms: COVID-19 Crisis Highlights Problems With Surrogacy

WASHINGTON — The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc in many industries — including the buying and selling of babies through commercial surrogacy. Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, babies are stranded in different countries than their...