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Msgr. Ratzinger, retired pope’s brother, dies at 96

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, a musician and retired Pope Benedict XVI’s elder brother, died July 1 at the age of 96. According to Vatican News, Msgr. Ratzinger […]

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Priests are on front lines of COVID-19 as they minister to the sick, dying

By Rick Snizek PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CNS) — Arriving in the early evening at Fatima Hospital, Father Richard Narciso — his anxiety level already raised due to the circumstances — listened […]

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News Briefs: June 28, 2020

Miracle child’s Down syndrome is a ‘blessing for our family,’ says couple DICKSON, Tenn. (CNS) — When Dan Schachle told folks at the Knights’ Supreme Council in New Haven, Connecticut, […]

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Soon to be beatified, Italian teenager said to offer ‘model of sanctity’

By Jonathan Luxmoore OXFORD, England (CNS) — Carlo Acutis, a London-born Italian teenager who used his computer skills to foster devotion to the Eucharist and will be beatified in October, […]

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Catholic Extension study lists highest, lowest COVID-19 rates by diocese

CHICAGO (CNS) — An analysis conducted by the staff of Catholic Extension found that dioceses it supports financially have the nation’s most — and least — severe COVID-19 infection rates. […]

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Black Catholics at march say Church’s support needed more than ever

By Ruby Thomas LOUISVILLE, Ky. (CNS) — After Tianna Barnes-Palmer watched local protests and marches for racial justice unfold on social media, she helped organize the “Black Catholics Unite: Stand […]

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Catholics urged to remember priests as ‘spiritual fathers’ on Father’s Day

OMAHA, Neb. (CNS) — Stories of Catholic priests’ “creativity, sacrifice and compassionate service” during this time of the coronavirus pandemic have inspired an effort led by the Institute for Priestly […]

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First chance to receive Eucharist at Mass in months leaves some in tears

PORTLAND, Maine (CNS) — A parish priest in Bangor, Maine, said he saw many Massgoers “in tears” as they took holy Communion for the first time in close to three […]

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News Briefs: June 14, 2020

African American Catholic leaders urge justice, action to address racism WASHINGTON (CNS) — Justice is what George Floyd and his family and friends deserve, and justice “through equal and fair […]

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Churches try to balance religious freedom, protecting health

By Bronwen Dachs From Zimbabwe, where churches are closed and data costs make attending Mass online prohibitively expensive for most Catholics, to Australia, where churchgoers successfully petitioned authorities to allow […]

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Prelates condemn Floyd murder, ‘evil’ of racism, call for action

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, condemned the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and warned the country must “leave behind the purveyors […]

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Indiana town’s Geode Grotto offers visitors beauty, peace, place to pray

By Katie Rutter JASPER, Ind. (CNS) — Even as sanctuaries across the country closed their doors to stop the spread of the coronavirus, a sacred space in Jasper remained accessible. […]