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Are increased vaccinations a genuine sign of hope this Easter?

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By Mark Pattison WASHINGTON (CNS) — It’s been said before, in different ways, in different contexts: “the beginning of the end,” “light at the end of...

Joining Catholic Church amid pandemic is ‘courageous choice,’ says priest

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By Jai Agnish NEWARK, N.J. (CNS) — At parishes across the Archdiocese of Newark, the Easter Vigil will mark a significant milestone for catechumens ready...

Birmingham Diocese Helping 60 Families After Spring Tornadoes

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by Dennis Sadowski Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Birmingham, Alabama, is working with at least 60 families whose homes sustained damage in a spring...

Memorial Mass Recalls Those Lost to COVID-19, Offers Solace for Mourners

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By Beth Griffin BRONX, N.Y. (CNS) — As names of their loved ones lost to COVID-19 were read from the altar at St. John-Visitation Church,...

Bishops: Relief Will Help Many; Lack of Hyde Protections ‘nconscionable’

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By Julie Asher WASHINGTON (CNS) — The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, signed into law March 11 by President Joe Biden, will provide relief...

Catholic Scholars: Any Available COVID-19 Vaccine is Morally Acceptable

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WASHINGTON (CNS) — A group of prominent Catholic scholars said they believe it is morally acceptable for anyone to receive any of the COVID-19...

Can St. Joseph Sell a House? Skip Burying Statue, Priests Say

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By Maria Wiering ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) — The folklore is well known: Need to sell a house? Bury a statue of St. Joseph in...

Many Texas Parishes to Keep Face Masks, Even with Mandate Lifted

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By Carol Zimmermann WASHINGTON (CNS) — Many Catholic parishes in Texas will continue to ask parishioners to wear face masks and will limit capacity for...

Bishop Rhoades: Latest COVID-19 Vaccine Can Be Used in Good Conscience

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WASHINGTON (CNS) — In a new video, the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Doctrine reiterated that use of the Johnson & Johnson...

‘We Were Here’ — Health Care Chaplains Reflect on COVID-19 Ministry

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By Carol Zimmermann WASHINGTON (CNS) — As the coronavirus pandemic swept the nation this past year, hospital chaplains — already accustomed to helping people cope...
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