Trump expected to refile paperwork soon in his effort to end DACA

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are seen at the White House in Washington July 4, 2020. (CNS photo/Carlos Barria, Reuters)

By Carol Zimmermann 
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — President Donald Trump is expected to refile paperwork during the second week of July to end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, following the Supreme Court ruling that his administration went about trying to end the program the wrong way.

The Hill, a political news outlet, reported July 6 the president’s upcoming action had been expected the previous week and currently “the exact timing remains in flux.”

The day after the court’s June 18 DACA ruling, the president vowed to do something about it and tweeted he would submit “enhanced papers” to comply with requirements to end DACA. “Nothing was lost or won,” he said about the decision, saying the court had punted on it and the administration would just try again.

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Vatican task force calls for an end to arms production

A file photo shows U.S. military personnel working on an F/A-18E Super Hornet as an aircraft carrier conducts drills in the South China Sea. (CNS photo/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gabriel A. Martinez, U.S. Navy, ABACAPRESS.COM via Reuters)

By Carol Glatz 
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Human health, peace, security and progress would be better served with a complete end to the production of weapons worldwide, said members of a Vatican task force.

“Now, more than ever, is the time for nations of the world to shift from national security by military means to human security as the primary concern of policy and international relations,” Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, said at a Vatican news conference July 7.

Cardinal Turkson also heads a COVID-19 response commission Pope Francis created in April to analyze the many challenges the world is facing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and to come up with proposed guidelines and strategies for addressing the many crises.

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Focolare member in Colombia pays it forward by helping fellow migrants

Focolare member Alba Rada gives directions to a Venezuelan migrant after supplying her with a sleeping bag and some food on a road leading out of Tocancipa, Colombia, June 28, 2020. (CNS photo/Manuel Rueda)

By Manuel Rueda 
Catholic News Service

TOCANCIPA, Colombia (CNS) — When Alba Rada arrived in Colombia, members of the Focolare movement gave her a warm welcome, got her kids in school and helped her with housing until she found a place to rent.

Now the 44-year-old Venezuelan immigrant replicates that kindness through a nonprofit that is helping more than 200 Venezuelans who live in Tocancipa — and many more who pass through a highway that crosses the town.

“We know what it’s like to go through tough times and face an uncertain future,” said Rada, who arrived in Colombia six years ago.

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Faith leaders ask Congress to boost overseas pandemic aid

The U.S. Capitol in Washington is seen in this file photo. (CNS photo/Tom Brenner, Reuters)

By Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Three dozen faith-based organizations, including Catholic Relief Services, have asked Congress to immediately fund efforts to respond to the coronavirus pandemic around the world.

“If we don’t beat COVID-19 everywhere, we can’t beat it anywhere,” CRS said in a news release publicizing the letter sent July 1.

CRS, the U.S. bishops’ overseas relief and development agency, said the faith leaders were seeking $10 billion to $15 billion in aid for the more than 70% of countries the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has described as ill-equipped to handle outbreaks of the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

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Soto: ‘Strenuous labor’ of ending racism shouldn’t be ‘toppled’ by looting

Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, Calif., is seen in this 2019 file photo. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

By Catholic News Service

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CNS) — By defacing and toppling a statue of St. Junipero Serra in Sacramento, protesters may have meant “to draw attention to the sorrowful, angry memories over California’s past,” but “this act of vandalism does little to build the future,” Bishop Jaime Soto said July 5.

The bishop, who heads the Sacramento Diocese, made the comments after the statue on the grounds of the California Capitol in Capitol Park was torn down by a group of demonstrators late July 4.

“There is no question that California’s indigenous people endured great suffering during the colonial period and then later faced the horror of government-sanctioned genocide under the nascent state of California,” Bishop Soto said. “This legacy is heartbreaking.”

However, he continued, “it is also true that while Father Serra worked under this colonial system, he denounced its evils and worked to protect the dignity of native peoples.”

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At Angelus, pope backs U.N. resolution calling for global cease-fire

Pope Francis is pictured in a file photo. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

By Junno Arocho Esteves 
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis praised the United Nations’ adoption of a global cease-fire resolution amid the coronavirus pandemic that has swept the world.

“The request for a global and immediate cease-fire, which would allow that peace and security necessary to provide the needed humanitarian assistance, is commendable,” the pope said July 5, after praying the Angelus with pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

“I hope that this decision will be implemented effectively and promptly for the good of the many people who are suffering. May this Security Council resolution become a courageous first step toward a peaceful future,” he said.

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CNS wins 23 awards at 2020 Catholic Media Conference

By Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholic News Service won 23 awards from the Catholic Press Association during the 2020 Virtual Catholic Media Conference.

Those awards — all in editorial, photography and digital media categories — were announced during a video stream announcement program July 2.

There were three first-place finishes.

Chaz Muth won first place for Multimedia Journalist of the Year. His documentary, “The Movies and the Church,” was part of the entry.

Carol Zimmermann and Mark Pattison took first place for Best Coverage of Violence in Our Communities for their entry “Nation of gun violence,” featuring the following three stories: “Faith was there in darkest moments, says El Paso priest after shooting,” “Parkland survivors, U.S. bishops have much in common on gun violence” and “Religious shareholders press their case with gun makers, retailers.”
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Judge blocks law requiring 24-hour waiting period before getting abortion

A pro-life advocate from Iowa holds a sign during the 2017 March for Life in Washington. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

By Barb Arland-Fye 
Catholic News Service

DAVENPORT, Iowa (CNS) — A Johnson County district court judge has temporarily blocked the enforcement of the state’s new law requiring women to wait 24 hours before having an abortion, the Iowa Catholic Conference reported July 1.

Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the bill into law June 29. The injunction will continue while the suit against the law brought by Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union takes its course.

Iowa Catholic leaders praised the legislation while the bill’s opponents argued the new law is unconstitutional because it violates due process and equal protection rights of pregnant women. Opponents also said the manner in which the bill passed at the end of the session did not allow for public debate, apnews.com reported June 30. The judge’s decision prevented the law from taking effect July 1.

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John Feister of Glenmary Challenge wins St. Francis de Sales Award

John Feister, assistant editor of the Glenmary Challenge, poses for a photo outside of the Glenmary Home Missioners headquarters in Fairfield, Ohio. (CNS photo/Cassie Magnotta, courtesy John Feister)

By Chaz Muth 
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — John Feister, assistant editor of Glenmary Challenge, is the recipient of the 2020 St. Francis de Sales Award from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada.

The award — named for the patron saint of writers and journalists — recognizes “outstanding contributions to Catholic journalism” and is the highest honor given by the CPA.

The announcement was made July 2, via a pre-recorded video released as a premiere on social media during the 2020 Catholic Media Conference, which was held virtually using digital technology due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Sunday Scripture reading, July 5, 2020: The Spirit in us

The Catholic News Service column, “Speak to Me Lord,” offers reflections on the Sunday Scripture readings. (CNS/Nancy Wiechec)

July 5,
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Cycle A
1) Zec 9:9-10
Psalm 145: 1-2, 8-11, 13-14
2) Rom 8:9, 11-13
Gospel: Mt 11:25-30

By Kevin Perrotta 
Catholic News Service

One of my sons lives on an unpaved country road. If I visit him on a rainy day, my car gets slathered with mud. When it dries, it’s not a pretty sight. You can hardly tell what color the vehicle is. Tired of my dust-mobile spoiling his view, my neighbor once made a point of telling me the location of the nearest car wash. Continue reading

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