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  • Vatican cardinal urges forgiveness, justice in response to George Floyd killing
    on June 3, 2020

    Vatican City, Jun 3, 2020 / 08:10 am (CNA).- Cardinal Peter Turkson on Wednesday decried the existence of racism around the world, urging people to seek justice and fraternity, and to forgive those who have hurt them or others. Speaking to Vatican News June 3, the Ghanaian cardinal said racism was a widespread social phenomenon, and could be found not only in the United States but in many other parts of the world. “For us as a Church, it goes against the basic thing we believe about the human person right from Creation. We are created in the image and likeness of God. Every person is imbued with human dignity that is precious in the sight of God, which doesn’t come from any […]

  • Pope prays for U.S., calls racism a pro-life issue
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on June 3, 2020

    Watching the social unrest in America, Pope Francis said no one can claim to defend the sanctity of every human life while tolerating racism and exclusion. He prayed for national reconciliation and peace.

  • Pope Francis on what we can learn about prayer from Blaise Pascal
    on June 3, 2020

    Vatican City, Jun 3, 2020 / 06:00 am (CNA).- Pope Francis pointed to an experience of 17th-century mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal as an important testimony of how one can sense the living presence of God in personal prayer. The pope called a small handwritten note that was discovered sewn into Pascal’s coat at the time of his death “one of the most original texts in the history of spirituality.” “It begins thus,” Pope Francis said. “‘God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob not of the philosophers and of the learned. Certitude. Certitude. Feeling. Joy. Peace. God of Jesus Christ.’” Pope Francis said June 3 that in these […]

  • Better to engage WHO than leave, UN observer says 
    on June 3, 2020

    Denver Newsroom, Jun 3, 2020 / 03:26 am (CNA).- While President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw the U.S. from the World Health Organization, a better strategy would be engagement and linking U.S. funding to reform, says the head of U.N. advocacy for a pro-life legal group. “Defund, don’t disengage. Don’t leave. There’s still good that can be done if the U.S. really takes a stand,” Elyssa Koren, director of United Nations advocacy at ADF International, told CNA June 1. On May 29, President Donald Trump said he would withdraw from the WHO, charging that the agency failed to alert the world when the novel coronavirus emerged. He accused the U.N. agency […]

  • Pope Francis prays for the soul of George Floyd and for peace and justice in US
    on June 3, 2020

    Vatican City, Jun 3, 2020 / 02:45 am (CNA).- Pope Francis said Wednesday that he is praying for the soul of George Floyd and all victims of racism, adding that nothing is gained by violence. “Dear brothers and sisters in the United States, I have witnessed with great concern the disturbing social unrest in your nation in these past days, following the tragic death of Mr George Floyd,” Pope Francis said in a video broadcast June 3. “We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life. At the same time, we have to recognize that the violence of recent nights is self-destructive and […]

  • D.C. archbishop slams ‘egregious’ manipulation of shrine by Trump
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on June 3, 2020

    The president and first lady visited Washington's Shrine to St. John Paul II for 20 minutes and posed for photos. Later Archbishop Wilton Gregory decried the shrine's decision.

  • Minneapolis archbishop, priests join in prayerful George Floyd protest
    on June 2, 2020

    Denver Newsroom, Jun 2, 2020 / 05:38 pm (CNA).- Minneapolis clergy, including Archbishop Bernard Hebda of St. Paul-Minneapolis, participated in a silent walking protest Tuesday afternoon to the spot where George Floyd died in police custody last week, stopping to pray at the memorial that had been set up for him. Hundreds of local leaders from Christian denominations and other religious traditions were present for the prayerful event. “While many faiths were represented, there was great unity as we prayed for justice and peace,” Archbishop Hebda said in a tweet Tuesday.   It was a great privilege to pray alongside faith leaders #stpfaithleadersforjustice in our […]

  • Can Trump legally deploy troops? Yes, say Catholic university law profs
    on June 2, 2020

    Washington D.C., Jun 2, 2020 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- After President Donald Trump announced Monday that he is ready to send U.S. troops into states to quell riots, law professors at Catholic universities said acting against the wishes of state governors would be counterproductive, but likely would not violate the law. Mass protests and some riots have occurred in major U.S. cities and suburbs since shortly after the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. While 23 states have mobilized the National Guard to quell rioters, on June 1 Trump said he would deploy U.S. troops in states that have not done so. Legal experts told CNA that the Insurrection Act, a law approved by Congress in 1807 […]

  • El Paso bishop kneels to pray at George Floyd protest
    on June 2, 2020

    Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jun 2, 2020 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso led several of his priests in prayer in memory of George Floyd on Monday, June 1. Seitz is the first U.S. Catholic bishop to physically and publicly join the protests and demonstrations against racial injustice and police brutality which spread across the country following Floyd’s death on May 25.  Seitz, along with a group of priests of his diocese, knelt for nine minutes of silent prayer. The bishop held a sign reading “Black Lives Matter.”   <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The first Catholic bishop to do so, <a […]

  • Catholic parish offers sanctuary amid Minneapolis riots
    on June 2, 2020

    Minneapolis, Minn., Jun 2, 2020 / 04:17 pm (CNA).- When protests following the death of George Floyd turned violent Thursday night, a small Catholic parish in Minneapolis became a refuge for neighbors who didn't feel safe in their homes. St. Albert the Great Parish, located in the Longfellow neighborhood, sheltered 34 neighbors as riots destroyed surrounding businesses and damaged homes the night of May 28. Less than a mile from the church, thousands of protesters gathered to burn the Minneapolis Third Police Precinct, many of them inflicting violence on the surrounding area as well. Father Joe Gillespie, pastor of St. Albert the Great, said the church’s neighbors feared fire and […]

  • Sen. Sasse: ‘Word of God’ not a prop for politics
    on June 2, 2020

    CNA Staff, Jun 2, 2020 / 04:00 pm (CNA).- Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) issued a strongly-worded statement on Tuesday condemning President Donald Trump’s brief appearance in front of an historic church in Washington, D.C., Monday, during which the president held up a Bible.  Trump posed for pictures Monday evening in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church, walking to the building from the White House Rose Garden after protestors were cleared from Lafayette Park. “There is no right to riot, no right to destroy others’ property, and no right to throw rocks at police,” said Sasse on Tuesday. “But there is a fundamental--a Constitutional--right to protest, and […]

  • Black Catholics urge prayer, change after Floyd killing and riots
    on June 2, 2020

    Philadelphia, Pa., Jun 2, 2020 / 03:08 pm (CNA).- The killing of George Floyd and the protests it has sparked represent a defining moment for the Catholic Church, according to Black Catholics throughout the Philadelphia Archdiocese. “I’m looking to my community to accompany us,” said Sabrina Carter, a 24-year-old nonprofit marketing professional and member of St. Athanasius Parish in Philadelphia’s West Oak Lane section. “I’m leaning on fellow Catholics, all the way up to the pope, because I know what they can do; I’ve seen their potential to effect change.” Father Stephen Thorne, pastor of St. Martin de Porres Parish in North Philadelphia, […]

  • Trump signs order on international religious freedom after JPII shrine visit
    on June 2, 2020

    Washington D.C., Jun 2, 2020 / 01:55 pm (CNA).- President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order “to advance international religious freedom,” after he visited the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C. The order calls religious freedom “a moral and national security imperative” and declares it “a foreign policy priority of the United States.” The order calls for “robust” engagement with civic organizations in other countries, and also calls on the Secretary of State, in consultation with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), to develop a plan to “prioritize” religious freedom in foreign […]

  • JPII shrine says Trump visit long scheduled, while Archbishop Gregory opposes visit
    on June 2, 2020

    Washington D.C., Jun 2, 2020 / 10:10 am (CNA).- Amid burgeoning conflict regarding the president’s response to riots across the country, President Donald Trump visited the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday morning. While a shrine spokesman said the visit was initially planned as the signing of an international religious freedom executive order and had been scheduled some time ago, Washington’s archbishop called Trump’s visit to the shrine “reprehensible.” According to the White House daily press guidance, Trump had a scheduled visit to the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in the city’s northeast at 11:20 a.m. on […]

  • Outreaches reopen after protest closures
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on June 2, 2020

    Several archdiocesan agencies were forced to shut their doors due to ongoing civil unrest in the city on Monday, but critically needed food distribution has largely resumed.

  • God waits in mystery beneath our feet
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on June 2, 2020

    As Patrick Walsh drove down a road flanked by trees and fields, he was reminded of what glories lie beneath our creation, and the glory of God's love in all creation.

  • Think of right or wrong first, before race
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on June 2, 2020

    All people of good conscience should be protesting racial injustice, writes Carole Norris Greene, and not hold back critical support because the issue pertains to another race.

  • In search for cure, more power to science … but not too much
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on June 2, 2020

    Richard Doerflinger is grateful for big pharma's efforts against the pandemic. But his applause is muted by an ad's claim that "we’re taking our science and unleashing it" without a moral framework.

  • At center of pandemic, Latin American churches confront hunger
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on June 2, 2020

    Atop the deadly health crisis, an economic crisis is worsening in a region where millions of people labor in informal jobs relying on each day's income to meet that day's needs.

  • Amid protests, bishops express sorrow over Floyd killing, racism
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on June 2, 2020

    Outrage over the latest killing of an unarmed black man outweighed caution over COVID-19 as hundreds of thousands marched in protest and Catholic bishops joined the calls for justice.

  • Nuns praying for looters after attack on Catholic bookstore
    on June 2, 2020

    Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jun 2, 2020 / 06:00 am (CNA).- On Saturday, protests in Chicago over the death of George Floyd turned violent. As rioters targeted the city’s Magnificent Mile shopping district, shattering glass and raiding stores, they picked an unlikely target: A bookstore run by nuns.  As the Daughters of St. Paul cleaned up the broken glass the next day, they said they saw more clearly their mission to evangelize a wounded culture. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Our Sisters in Chicago are all safe, but our bookcenter was broken into and looted last night during the riots. <br>Please pray for our Sisters. <br>And […]

  • Early thought of priesthood, put aside, comes full circle at ordination
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on June 2, 2020

    The seed of a vocation took root early in the mind of Deacon August Taglianetti, who will be ordained a priest June 20, and emerged in college while studying to be a teacher.

  • Pastor of St. John Cantius Parish dies at 67 from COVID-19
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on June 2, 2020

    Father Joseph J. Zingaro died May 20 on the 42nd anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. He was loved by his parishioners and worked to promote vocations.

  • Pope Francis blesses global rosary relay for priests
    on June 2, 2020

    Vatican City, Jun 2, 2020 / 04:00 am (CNA).- Pope Francis has given his apostolic blessing to a worldwide rosary relay for priests.  In a message to the Worldpriest Rosary Relay for the Sanctification of Priests 2020, dated April 25, the pope expressed his support for the event which takes place June 19. Participating shrines pray a mystery of the rosary at a designated half hour in thanksgiving for the priesthood and to seek Mary’s protection for priests. They pray in relay across time zones until the globe has been encircled in prayer. The message, sent by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin to Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam, said: “His Holiness […]

  • Vatican Museums reopening unveils restored Raphael Rooms
    on June 2, 2020

    Vatican City, Jun 2, 2020 / 03:01 am (CNA).- The Vatican Museums reopened Monday revealing newly restored frescoes in the Raphael Rooms depicting scenes from early Church history to the public. “Today is a way that we can in some way share [beauty] with the entire world ... thanks to Raphael,” Vatican Museums Director Barbara Jatta told CNA June 1. “It is a joy, and it is, of course, a part of our work, but after the lockdown -- after the pandemia -- it is more a joy,” Jatta said. After being closed for three months due to Italy’s coronavirus outbreak, the Vatican Museums opened their doors June 1 allowing only 1,600 visitors -- under 10% of its usual […]

  • Citing COVID risk, Davenport bishop calls for release of detained migrants
    on June 2, 2020

    Denver Newsroom, Jun 2, 2020 / 12:42 am (CNA).- Bishop Thomas Zinkula of Davenport, Iowa has written a letter to the local homeland security chief asking for the release of three detained immigrants from Guatemala. The bishop says that the three men are non-violent offenders who pose little risk to the community. “The present COVID-19 pandemic places immigrants being detained in a very vulnerable situation,” he says in the letter, addressed to Michael Hindman, Homeland Security Chief of Cedar Rapids. Zinkula told CNA that he read about the situation of the three men and their families in the local press and in emails from the Iowa City Catholic Worker House. Jose Cerillo and […]

  • Religious freedom foes seek to leverage coronavirus controversies
    on June 2, 2020

    Denver Newsroom, Jun 1, 2020 / 06:00 pm (CNA).-   The Center for American Progress, a longtime critic of religious freedom protections, has claimed churches seeking equal treatment under coronavirus public health rules have been “distorting religious freedom into a license to spread the coronavirus.” But religious liberty experts disagree. Churches “argue that religious freedom should essentially overrule all other rights,” Center for American Progress staff said in a May 6 commentary. “Using religious freedom as an excuse for continuing to hold in-person gatherings is one of the most alarming examples yet in their attempt to redefine the […]

  • Trump says he will dispatch troops if riots continue
    on June 1, 2020

    Washington D.C., Jun 1, 2020 / 05:45 pm (CNA).- During a speech from the Rose Garden on June 1, President Donald Trump pledged to deploy the U.S. military if state governors do not move to activate their National Guards to stop violent protests. The president then walked across a square that moments before had been filled with protestors forcibly removed by police units, and visited a historic Episcopalian church that had been on fire the night before. “I am mobilizing all federal resources--civilian and military--to stop the rioting and looting. To end the destruction and arson, and to protect the rights of all law-abiding citizens,” said Trump during his speech. The […]

  • Churches in 6 states damaged by violent protests
    on June 1, 2020

    Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jun 1, 2020 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- Catholic churches and cathedrals in several cities were among the buildings damaged in the protests and riots that occurred nationwide over the past week. Church buildings in California, Minnesota, New York, Kentucky, Texas, and Colorado were attacked. Many of the defaced or damaged churches were cathedrals. The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver sustained permanent damage.  Vandals repeatedly struck the Denver cathedral on multiple nights of the protests and riots over the weekend. The church building and rectory were spray painted with the slogans “Pedofiles” [sic], “God is […]

  • Courage director responds to Austrian book on same-sex Church blessings
    on June 1, 2020

    CNA Staff, Jun 1, 2020 / 04:11 pm (CNA).- Blessings of homosexual couples in the Catholic Church would only obscure knowledge of what is important and good about persons with same-sex attraction, according to the director of Courage International. “We need to have hope that some, perhaps many, of the people who propose things like these liturgical blessings for same-sex couples are motivated by good intentions. They do not want anyone to feel excluded by the Church, and so they look for ways to honor and recognize members of the parish in public ceremonies,” Fr. Philip Bochanski told CNA May 26. Courage International provides pastoral support, prayer support, and fellowship […]