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Floyd’s death demands examination of conscience, Archbishop Hebda says

"Until we address the underlying wound, it's not going to go away," said Minneapolis-St. Paul Archbishop Bernard Hebda, noting that the Catholic Church must proclaim Jesus' love for all people.

Meghan Markle urges Catholic high school graduates to help rebuild nation

In an online address to her alma mater, the biracial Los Angeles native advised fellow alumnae to rebuild the world "until it is rebuilt."

Knights ask Catholics to pray novena for national unity, end to racism

The effort, which begins June 7, will invite "all people to come together in solidarity to forge a path forward -- free of discrimination and hate -- for our nation," said Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson.

Online forum examines racism being as much a pro-life issue as abortion

A true commitment to the sanctity of human life must also counter discrimination against people of color, said participants in a June 4 exchange sponsored by justice advocacy group Faith in Public Life.

D.C. archbishop slams ‘egregious’ manipulation of shrine by Trump

The president and first lady visited Washington's Shrine to St. John Paul II for 20 minutes and posed for photos. Later Archbishop Wilton Gregory decried the shrine's decision.

Amid protests, bishops express sorrow over Floyd killing, racism

Outrage over the latest killing of an unarmed black man outweighed caution over COVID-19 as hundreds of thousands marched in protest and Catholic bishops joined the calls for justice.

Catholics in Twin Cities grappling with Floyd’s death, related rioting

Minnesota parishes at the epicenter of riots that began May 26 began to clean up and consider "what started this in the first place. We can't let the cycle of violence and anger continue endlessly."

Supreme Court declines to lift restrictions on congregation size

A California church had argued that the state's reopening orders violated the Constitution by placing fewer restrictions on businesses than on houses of worship.

Killing of Floyd is ‘sin that cries out to heaven for justice’

The president of the U.S. bishops said recent nationwide protests reflect "justified frustration and anger" of millions of Americans, but the violence "is self-destructive and self-defeating. Nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost."

Black Catholic bishop decries ‘loss of life due to racism’

Saying racism is "not a political issue, it's a human issue," Louisiana Bishop Shelton Fabre commented on the killing of George Floyd and protests over his death. "Racism is a danger. Racism is still with us."