Priest who died from virus called ‘great missionary among us’

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn March 28 announced the death of Father Jorge Ortiz-Garay, 49, who died the evening before from COVID-19.
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Ethicists, lawyers see dangers in rationing of scarce health resources

Catholic ethicists and legal experts are sounding the alarm that the scarcity of resources such as ventilators and hospital beds during the current coronavirus pandemic could prompt health care decisions based only on age and disability -- and in some cases already is.
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Pope encourages faithful to pray rosary on Feast of St. Joseph, March 19

Pope Francis urged people to join the Italian bishops' request that Catholics pray the luminous mysteries of the rosary together March 19, the feast of St. Joseph.
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Pope composes prayer to Mary during coronavirus pandemic

Here is a CNS translation of the prayer Pope Francis recited by video March 11 for a special Mass and act of prayer asking Mary to protect Italy and the world during of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Jean Vanier had ‘manipulative’ sexual relationships with six women

Jean Vanier, founder of the ecumenical L'Arche communities that provide group homes and spiritual support for people with intellectual disabilities, used his status to have "manipulative" sexual relationships with at least six women, concludes an internal investigation commissioned by the organization.
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‘Shocking’ ignorance on Real Presence prompts eucharistic congress

Fewer than one-third of Catholics believe the Eucharist is the actual body and blood of Jesus Christ, the Pew Research Center found in a recent poll.
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U.S. bishops ask pope about Amazon synod, discuss range of issues

Talking about debates, differences and discernment, Pope Francis told a group of U.S. bishops that people focused on the possibility of ordaining some married men and women deacons for service in the Amazon will be disappointed in his apostolic exhortation.
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Children’s book inspired by pastoral teaches lessons in overcoming racism

"It is my hope that 'Everyone Belongs' will help families, schools and parishes engage in conversation and reflection about the dignity of every person made in God's image," Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana, said in a statement.
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Knights of Columbus unveils new initiation ceremony that will be public

After 142 years, the Knights of Columbus is pulling down a veil of secrecy that has surrounded its initiation ceremonies in an effort to better showcase the order's core principles and its drive to help Catholic men become disciples.
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Priests swap clericals for camouflage to help fight Australian fires

SYDNEY (CNS) — Three Sydney priests have swapped clericals for camouflage to join the 3,000 Australian Defence Force reservists providing support to firefighters and communities in the grip of the bushfire crisis. Father Kene Onwukwe, assistant pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Mosman, and Father Andrew Feng, parish administrator of St. Christopher Parish, Holsworthy, are...
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Bryant relied on Catholic faith to see him through tough personal times

As the world mourned the loss of basketball great Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others killed in a tragic helicopter crash Jan. 26, many recalled how Bryant gave much credit to his Catholic faith for seeing him through the bad times and strengthening his marriage and family.
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