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Pope makes surprise visit to summer camp for kids of Vatican employees

By Carol Glatz  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When Zoe, 10, showed up late for summer camp at the Vatican, she did not expect to see Pope Francis there. “I froze because it was a surprise and I … Continue reading

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Catholic hospitals in Syria working to help indigent patients

By Dale Gavlak  Catholic News Service AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Three Catholic-run hospitals providing life-saving services free of charge to vulnerable Syrians hope to aid some 50,000 patients by the project’s end next year. “Institutions in Syria now are having … Continue reading

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Ahead of G-20 meeting, Caritas urges debt relief for poor countries

By Junno Arocho Esteves  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As finance ministers representing the world’s wealthiest countries prepare to meet online, Caritas Internationalis echoed Pope Francis’ call for debt relief to poor countries reeling from war, poverty and … Continue reading

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Vatican releases guide on how leaders must handle abuse allegations

By Carol Glatz  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith released a 17-page document offering a step-by-step guide for how bishops, religious superiors and canon lawyers are supposed to handle accusations … Continue reading

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Pope sends respirator to Brazilian hospital treating indigenous patients

By Junno Arocho Esteves  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Brazilian Bishop Vital Corbellini of Maraba expressed his gratitude to Pope Francis after receiving a much-needed respirator and temperature gauge for a hospital treating indigenous patients with COVID-19. The … Continue reading

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ICE rule for international students rescinded

By Carol Zimmermann  Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) –The Trump administration July 14 rescinded a rule it announced eight days ago that would have required international students to transfer or leave the country if their schools held classes entirely online … Continue reading

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Supreme Court allows blocked federal execution to proceed

By Carol Zimmermann  Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — In a 2 a.m. decision July 14 after numerous last-minute filings, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to overturn a trial court order blocking the execution of federal death-row inmate Daniel Lewis … Continue reading

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PPP loans have had direct benefits for church communities, recipients say

By Tom Tracy  Catholic News Service WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CNS) — Catholic entities that took part in the Paycheck Protection Program said the federal emergency bridge loans translated into rapid assistance for their communities in the early months of … Continue reading

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Pope ‘saddened’ by Turkish court ruling to turn Hagia Sophia into mosque

  By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis said he was saddened after a Turkish court ruled to revert the iconic Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque. While commemorating the International Day of the … Continue reading

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July 16 virtual pilgrimage to Lourdes to affirm prayer against COVID-19

By Jonathan Luxmoore Catholic News Service OXFORD, England (CNS) — An international virtual pilgrimage to the sanctuary of Lourdes, France, will “affirm the power of prayer” against COVID-19, said the shrine’s vice rector. “Lourdes is all about spiritual and physical … Continue reading

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