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This is a little roundup of what Catholic sites are reporting on in the Church.

From Crux News:

Francis invites Lebanon’s Christian leaders to Vatican to discuss country’s crisis

ROME – On July 1st, Pope Francis will welcome the main Christian leaders of Lebanon to address what he described as the “worrying” crisis the country is going through.

To this end, the pontiff asked the intercession of the Mother of God venerated in the Lebanese Shrine of Harissa, and asked the faithful of the world to pray for “a more serene future” for this “beloved” country.

Survey: Religiosity seems to be ‘buffer’ against some pandemic stresses

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The COVID-19 pandemic took a toll on participation in religious services just as it did on workplaces, but a new survey indicates strong emotional resilience from those who consider their faith vital to their existence.

‘The Pope Video’ initiative celebrates fifth anniversary

ROME — “The Pope Video,” a monthly video featuring the pope’s prayer intentions, has given Catholics around the world an opportunity to be united and feel a part of the universal church, said Jesuit Father Federic Fornos, international director of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network.

From the Catholic News Service:

Update: USCCB president explains how planned discussion on Eucharist was set

After receiving an unprecedented letter from 67 bishops appealing for a delay in a discussion during the bishops’ upcoming spring general assembly on whether to prepare a teaching document on the reception of Communion, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ president explained in a memo the procedure followed in bringing the question to a vote during the June 16-18 virtual meeting.

Catholic leaders: Biden budget aims to help vulnerable but excludes unborn

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee called on Congress May 28 to preserve the Hyde Amendment in any federal budget proposal and “to work toward a budget that truly builds up the common good of all.”

Churches, NGOs help Mozambicans displaced by Islamist insurgency

Sitting on a narrow bench and squashed between her two children in Nampula, Mozambique, Stella Miguel lamented that the government soldiers did not come to protect her family when Islamist militants raided their village in March and killed dozens of residents, including her husband and other three children.

From the Catholic News Agency:

Paris archbishop laments attack on Catholics honoring city’s martyrs

The archbishop of Paris on Sunday lamented an attack on Catholics taking part in a procession commemorating the city’s 19th-century martyrs.

Pope Francis orders apostolic visitation of Cardinal Woelki’s Cologne archdiocese

Pope Francis has ordered an apostolic visitation of Germany’s Cologne archdiocese amid fierce criticism of its handling of abuse cases.

China unveils 3-child policy amid sharp drop in births

The Chinese government announced Monday that couples can have up to three children amid a sharp fall in the country’s birth rate. The May 31 announcement, described as a major policy shift, followed a meeting of the Politburo, the decision-making body of the Chinese Communist Party, chaired by President Xi Jinping.

From the National Catholic Register:

Swiss Catholic Bishop Appoints Lay People in Place of Episcopal Vicars

Bishop Morerod, who has served as rector of the Angelicum in Rome and secretary general of the International Theological Commission, told kath.ch that he had consulted with the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy about the changes.

One Year After George Floyd’s Killing: Black Catholics Are Exhausted, Yet Hopeful

The life of a diocesan priest is demanding. But for Father Robert Boxie III, the past year has been especially taxing. With many Catholics compelled to learn more about the Church’s teaching on racism and its application in the aftermath of George Floyd’s May 2020 killing, Father Boxie has become a sought-after speaker on the topic. The African American priest has presented not only to groups and parishes in the Archdiocese of Washington, where he serves as chaplain at Howard University, but across the country.

As Some Churches Return to Full Capacity, Vaccination Status Complicates Lifting COVID-19 Restrictions

As US dioceses and parishes celebrated the Holy Spirit’s descent and the birth of the Church on Pentecost, many of them were able to reduce the curbs on worship that have been in place because of the pandemic.

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