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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.

Professor, administrator Sister Mary Catherine Gurley dies

The Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia was a professor of education at several colleges for many years and administrative vice president of Neumann University for nine years.

Vincentians welcome newest members of congregation

During a Mass at the Miraculous Medal Shrine July 31, four men professed first vows and three men entered the Vincentian Fathers and Brothers as novices.

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 uses caution with claims of Marian apparitions

More than 1,500 visions of Mary have been reported around the world, but in the past century fewer than a dozen cases have been approved as being worthy of belief.

Mary foretold COVID-19 pandemic, alleged visionary claims

An Italian woman who claims to regularly experience supernatural visions said Mary told her in September 2019 that a new disease would soon emerge from China.

Vatican says baptisms that change wording are not valid

The formula "We baptize you," signifying the family at a baptism, renders it invalid and must be redone. Only "I baptize you..." is valid because it indicates the presence of Christ in the action of the minister.

On Hiroshima anniversary, pope calls survivors ‘prophetic voices’ of peace

"For peace to flourish, all people need to lay down the weapons of war," Pope Francis said on the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan.

Pope names six women to previously all-male Council for Economy

The six women and one man, all European, were named the lay members of the board that oversees the financial operations of all Vatican offices and entities.