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US churches reckon with traumatic legacy of Native schools

By Peter Smith — July 23, 2021
(AP) — The discoveries of hundreds of unmarked graves at former residential schools for Indigenous children in Canada have prompted calls for a reckoning over similar schools in the United States.

Priest outed via Grindr app highlights rampant data tracking

By Matt O'brien, Frank Bajak — July 23, 2021
(AP) — With few U.S. restrictions on what companies can do with the vast amount of data they collect from webpage visits, apps and location tracking built into phones, there’s not much to stop similar spying.

Dating as a Catholic: Sweet dream or not-so-beautiful nightmare?

By Renée Roden — July 22, 2021
(RNS) — Sometimes sorting potential mates based on shared religion can result in strange bedfellows. One Instagram account laughs through the pain.

Confessions of an exhausted Catholic

By John Gehring — July 22, 2021
(RNS) — The Catholic narrative in public life has become a soul-wearying experience.

New book examines Sting’s enduring Catholic imagination

By Yonat Shimron — July 21, 2021
(RNS) — Before bursting onto the international rock scene as the principal songwriter and lead singer for the Police, Sting grew up Catholic. The faith’s images, symbols, stories and hymns appear everywhere in his music, writes Evyatar Marienberg in a new book.

Sharon Stone says Vatican must listen to Pope Francis and welcome LGBTQ Catholics

By Claire Giangravé — July 21, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Actress Sharon Stone urges the Vatican Curia to follow Pope Francis’ footsteps in including LGBTQ individuals

Grueling itinerary set for pope’s first post-surgery trip

By Associated Press — July 21, 2021
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis, 84, had already confessed that during his last trip, to Iraq in March, he thought he might need to slow down his normally rigorous travel schedule.

The Pillar investigation of Monsignor Burrill is unethical, homophobic innuendo

By Steven P. Millies — July 20, 2021
(RNS) — The hook on which this story hangs is a long-discredited link between sexual abuse and homosexuality.

Pope Francis, Catholic bishops call for dialogue in Cuba

By Claire Giangravé — July 20, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Cuba marked Pope Francis’ first major win in the international arena, but six years later the tenuous balance in the country is at risk.

General secretary to US bishops resigns amid misconduct allegations

By Claire Giangravé — July 20, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — ‘On Monday, we became aware of impending media reports alleging possible improper behavior by Msgr. Burrill,’ read the statement, signed by the president of the bishops’ conference.

The Latin Mass is not going away soon

By Thomas Reese — July 20, 2021
(RNS) — But local bishops may now deny it to dissenters who oppose the reforms of Vatican II.

2 weeks post-surgery, Pope Francis appears at Vatican window

By Frances D'emilio — July 19, 2021
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Two weeks after surgery that removed a portion of his colon, Pope Francis on Sunday resumed his weekly appearances.

Thousands gather in California for unveiling of Lady of La Vang shrine

By Alejandra Molina — July 18, 2021
GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (RNS) — 'It's like the Lady of Guadalupe for the Vietnamese community. That's how big it is,' said Deborah Tran.

Tokyo archbishop bans Olympians from Catholic churches amid surge in COVID-19 cases

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 16, 2021
(RNS) — Parishes in the Tokyo archdiocese have canceled all the plans they had made to 'address the spiritual needs of the many people who would come to Japan' for the upcoming Summer Olympics.

Connecticut diocese files for bankruptcy amid abuse claims

By Susan Haigh — July 16, 2021
NORWICH, Conn. (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese in Connecticut filed for federal bankruptcy protection. Nearly 60 former residents of Academy at Mount Saint John School have sued the diocese and a former bishop for damages.
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