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Radio host Purvis pledges to address racism as she sees appropriate

In a July 21 interview, the pro-life advocate and Catholic speaker denounced racism as "demonic" and "the influence of the evil one to separate the human family."

Baltimore’s Italian American community plans new statue to honor Columbus

An updated monument in a more secure location will replace the one recently toppled by protesters, who regard the explorer, honored by generations of Italian Catholics, as racist.

Christ statue vandalized at Florida church among latest attacks on statues

Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski has called on law enforcement to investigate the July 15 incident as a hate crime.

Catholic communities mourn death of son of a federal judge killed at home

Daniel Anderl, a Catholic University of America student, was fatally shot July 19 when a gunman entered the northern New Jersey home of District Judge Esther Salas, the first Latina to serve as such in the state.

Catholic schools in U.S. unveil reopening plans for worrisome fall term

Weeks out from a new academic year amid COVID, a preference for in-person learning, or at least partially reopened classrooms, is emerging among parents, educators and students themselves.

Court orders Trump administration to accept new DACA applications

A federal judge's July 17 decision, coming four weeks after the Supreme Court's ruling that the program could stay in place, means some 60,000 young people over age 15 will now qualify for DACA status.

Ahead of third execution, church leaders urged clemency or delay

Prior to the July 17 execution of Dustin Honken from Iowa, Catholic leaders -- including the bishops of Iowa, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, and the Benedictine priest who had been Honken's spiritual adviser for 10 years -- pleaded for either a lesser sentence or a stay.

Demand skyrocketing for Catholic Charities’ aid in New Jersey

Requests for emergency food aid alone are up fivefold in the Paterson Diocese, where the church is trying to meet the needs of people affected by the pandemic.

Signs emerging that some dioceses’ financial picture is better

Even as dioceses are reorganizing and laying off employees, several dioceses report the decline in parish offertory giving has slowed, and electronic giving is rising, including in Philadelphia.

U.S. carries out first federal execution in nearly two decades

Six hours after the Supreme Court overturned a decision halting federal executions on the grounds that the lethal drugs caused severe pain, Daniel Lewis Lee was put to death.