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German Cardinal’s resignation, refused by pope, reinvigorates church reform

By Claire Giangravé — June 11, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — For lay organizers of the controversial Synodal Path in Germany, Cardinal Marx’s resignation strengthened their efforts.

What Catholic bishops are actually saying about denying Communion to politicians

By Jack Jenkins, Claire Giangravé, Alejandra Molina — June 11, 2021
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Pope rejects German cardinal’s resignation, urges reform

By Associated Press — June 10, 2021
ROME (AP) — Francis refused to accept the resignation and told Marx in a letter he must continue as archbishop.

Facing enrollment declines, some Catholic dioceses are betting on online schools

By Yonat Shimron — June 9, 2021
(RNS) — Catholic schools saw a 6.4% decline in enrollment at the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Now some dioceses are trying to attract new students with online schools.

‘An unusual nun’: Socialite-turned-monastic Ann Russell Miller dies at 92

By Alejandra Molina — June 9, 2021
(RNS) — ‘The first two-thirds of my life were devoted to the world,’ Ann Russell Miller told friends. ‘The last third will be devoted to my soul.’

Vatican gets mixed review for its efforts to fight financial corruption

By Claire Giangravé — June 9, 2021
(RNS) — A report by the European agency that combats money laundering says the Vatican needs to take further steps to address internal corruption and improve the institution’s judicial system.

Spirituality underpins migrant activism in US borderlands

By Anita Snow — June 8, 2021
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Protecting migrants and honoring the humanity of those who died on the perilous trail is a kind of religion in southern Arizona.

Keep COVID-19 restrictions during in-person worship, ecumenical guide suggests

By Adelle M. Banks — June 8, 2021
(RNS) — A revised ecumenical guide includes a chart of ‘benchmarks for in-person gatherings,’ distinguishing between worship in outdoor and indoor settings.

Poor People’s Campaign plans ‘Moral March on Manchin’

By Jack Jenkins — June 7, 2021
(RNS) — 'It's time for people of all differences to stand together against him,' said the Rev. William Barber. 'We call it 'from the hollers in the mountains to the hood.''

Communion ban for pro-choice politicians is an old story, but the stakes have grown

By Claire Giangravé — June 7, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — While this debate has happened before, the context in the US Catholic church and its dynamic with the Vatican have changed.

Italian nun slain by 3 teen girls beatified as martyr

By Associated Press — June 7, 2021
ROME (AP) — Hours before the beatification ceremony in northern Italy, Pope Francis praised Sister Maria Laura Mainetti and described her killers as 'prisoners of evil.'

Cleared Chicago priest holds first Mass since reinstatement

By Sophia Tareen — June 7, 2021
CHICAGO (AP) — “It’s good to be home,” the Rev. Michael Pfleger repeatedly told congregants of the Faith Community of St. Sabina. Pfleger was cleared by an Archdiocese of Chicago investigation into claims that he sexually abused several boys decades ago. A police investigation remains open.

Trudeau wants Vatican apology for church-run school abuses

By Rob Gillies — June 5, 2021
(AP) — Trudeau called on the church to “step up” and take responsibility after years of silence.

Former art studio of LA’s ‘pop art nun’ designated as historic monument

By Alejandra Molina — June 4, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — The former art studio of the late Corita Kent, known as LA’s 'pop art nun,' had been slated for demolition to make way for additional parking.
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