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Religious voters’ support for 2020 nominees mirrors past elections

A Pew poll shows support for Trump and Biden consistent with earlier patterns. Abortion trailed the COVID-19 pandemic, foreign policy, immigration and climate change as top election issues.

Pope accepts resignation of Bishop Bevard of Virgin Islands

Bishop Herbert Bevard, 74, previously a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, reportedly fell ill several weeks ago and sought treatment in North Carolina.

Bishop Malesic points to the cross during Cleveland installation

"The cross is more than a decoration" said Bishop Edward Malesic. "In the cross, Jesus teaches us how to face our challenges with courage and hope. And, boy, do we have challenges these days."

Bishop Burbidge calls effective communication ‘integral’ to church

At a time when people are yearning for a message of hope, Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington wants the church to use and support all media to proclaim the good news of the Gospel.

Vandalism at El Paso cathedral destroys statue of Jesus

The attack in the Texas border city Sept. 15 destroyed a 90-year-old statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. A day earlier, a similar act took place in Utah.

Pastoral urges Catholics to draw closer to God, one another amid pandemic

Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller of San Antonio said that while "we wait and work" for this COVID-19 crisis to be over, it will not "just be an episode in history" but "a turning point that we embraced allowing God to heal and transform us."

Catholic bishops of California launch yearlong anti-racism initiative

The project that is "intended to offer tangible change" will address personal and systematic racism, both in the church and wider society.

San Francisco Catholics urged to oppose ‘punitive’ limits on Mass

Parishes are mobilizing marches in the city to protest limits of only 12 people outside or in church for Mass. Catholics may go shopping but are prohibited from going to church.

Catholic Health Association weighs in on COVID-19 vaccine

The organization that runs some 2,200 Catholic care facilities in the U.S. said that once a vaccine is developed ethically, "everyone has a responsibility to be vaccinated."

Galveston-Houston Archdiocese formalizes Disaster Spiritual Care ministry

So far has 18 priests and 34 deacons who have agreed to be assigned as needed to emergency shelters helping people during disasters such as hurricanes.