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Black Catholics laud Harris pick; others scrutinize past record

Friends and observers reflect on California Sen. Kamala Harris, named the vice presidential candidate for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

N.J. Catholic agency sees biggest demand for services in history

Volunteers at a Newark Catholic center have been giving away bags of food and clothes to the needy facing COVID-19's economic impact. But donations and volunteers are down.

Md. county official rescinds directive blocking school reopening

A plan to reopen schools in Maryland's Montgomery County became a religious freedom issue when a county official barred private schools from reopening but not public schools.

Earthquake felt in North Carolina brings reading during Sunday Mass to life

Just after the congregation heard the Sunday Scripture, "... there was an earthquake -- but the Lord was not in the earthquake," a 5.1 magnitude quake hit the region.

Suspended priest excommunicated for still saying Mass, teaching against pope

A Sacramento priest already restricted during an investigation into his sexual misconduct continued to celebrate home Masses and to deny that Pope Francis heads the Catholic Church.

Maryland county official decrees schools cannot open before Oct. 1

Defying Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's Aug. 3 order, Montgomery County's health officer issued a new directive barring nonpublic schools from reopening on time for in-person instruction.

Iowa Catholics pray for pork plant’s COVID-19 victims

The well-being of workers at meat-packing plants prompted prayers of Catholics who learned that the outbreak of the coronavirus was twice as severe as previously believed.

El Paso mourns, but heals still from mass shooting one year later

Residents organized a drive-thru luminaria memorial to remember the 23 Latino people killed and more than two dozen wounded by a gunman in a Walmart last August.

Americans broadly support COVID-19 restrictions on worship

In a new survey, Americans by a 4-to-1 margin said houses of worship should be subject to the same social-distancing rules as other organizations. The view aligns with Supreme Court decisions on the issue.

Church leaders seek aid for Catholic students in coronavirus relief bill

Top U.S. bishops appealed to Congress to include financial support for families to send their children to Catholic and non-public schools in a coronavirus relief bill currently being negotiated.