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Julie Asher

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Bishops: Getting COVID-19 vaccine is ‘act of charity,’ supports common good

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The “gravity” of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and “the lack of availability of alternative vaccines,” are “sufficiently serious” reasons to accept the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, the […]

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Use of Pfizer, Moderna COVID-19 vaccines is morally acceptable, say bishops

WASHINGTON (CNS) — While confusion has arisen in recent days in the media over “the moral permissibility” of using the COVID-19 vaccines just announced by Pfizer Inc. and Moderna, it […]

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Blessed McGivney: Model parish priest with ‘zeal’ for Gospel, for serving faithful

Blessed Michael J. McGivney was “an outstanding witness of Christian solidarity and fraternal assistance” because of his “zeal” for proclaiming the Gospel and his “generous concern for his brothers and […]

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SIGNIS: Catholic media vital for accurate news, stories of faith, hope

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The president of SIGNIS urged the world’s bishops as the “chief storyteller” in their diocese to use all media at their disposal to “make known” stories “of […]

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Coakley: Loans keep ‘essential ministries’ going during national emergency

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ domestic policy committee said the federal emergency “bridge loans” that dioceses, parishes and other Catholic entities applied for provided a lifeline, […]

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Racism ‘at heart’ of man’s death at hands of police, says Pax Christi USA

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The racism “at the heart” of the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis “penetrates every aspect of life in the United States” and […]

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Long-held ethical, moral principles must guide COVID-19 response

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The coronavirus pandemic is creating fear over limited resources for treating patients, especially the most seriously ill, but “this is not a time to sideline our ethical […]

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Report outlines ‘dangers, harms’ assisted suicide laws pose to disabled

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The National Council on Disability said in a new study that “the dangers and harms” physician-assisted suicide laws present to people with disabilities “appear to be as […]

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Barr sees ‘growing refusal’ to accommodate free exercise of religion

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Religion “helps promote moral discipline within society” and “helps teach, train and habituate people to want what is good,” U.S. Attorney General William Barr told an audience […]

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Faith leaders decry ICE deportations, say action causes anxiety, fear

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Many Catholic and other faith leaders noted that the Gospel reading for July 14 — the day U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was to carry out deportation […]

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Catholic Communication Campaign helps church evangelize, inform Catholics

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholic communications in all forms — print, digital, broadcast, social media — are essential to informing the Catholic faithful about the Catholic Church, two Church communicators told […]

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Bishops say ‘sweeping regulations’ of Equality Act will harm society

WASHINGTON (CNS) — In a joint letter to Congress March 20, the chairmen of three committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said they oppose the Equality Act because […]