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Pope advances sainthood causes of two women, three men

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of two women and three men, including an Italian laywoman who was once believed to be demonically possessed because of her violent convulsions after drinking unsafe water.

Pope 'saddened' by Turkish court ruling to turn Hagia Sophia into mosque

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis said he was saddened after a Turkish court ruled to revert the iconic Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque.

Statues of Mary vandalized in weekend of Catholic church attacks

CNA Staff, Jul 12, 2020 CNA.- Boston police are investigating an arson attack on a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary Saturday night, the second attack in the U.S. on a statue of the Virgin Mary in two days, and during the same weekend in which two Catholic church fires are being investigated for arson.

Coakley: Loans keep 'essential ministries' going during national emergency

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The chairman of the U.S. bishops' domestic policy committee said the federal emergency "bridge loans" that dioceses, parishes and other Catholic entities applied for provided a lifeline, allowing "our essential ministries to continue to function in a time of national emergency."

Survey of bishops reveals how pandemic has shaken diocesan, parish life

CLEVELAND (CNS) -- Nearly every bishop responding to a survey said the coronavirus pandemic has seriously affected the celebration of the sacraments and rites and sacramental preparation programs in their dioceses.

Flannery O'Connor documentary opening in mid-July at virtual theaters

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- "Flannery," a documentary about the life and writings of Catholic writer Flannery O'Connor, opens in select virtual cinemas nationwide July 17.

With new claims against composer, archdiocese restricts local concerts

ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) -- Catholic hymn composer David Haas is not permitted to give presentations, workshops or concerts at events hosted by Catholic entities in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and his music will no longer be used at archdiocesan events, the archdiocese announced July 8.

Navy revises policy on service members attending services off base

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A prohibition by some U.S. Navy commands against active service members participating in off-base indoor religious services over coronavirus fears has now been revised, allowing attendance at places of worship where congregants can maintain social distance and wear face coverings.

Hard-hit Italian hospital has no more COVID-19 patients in intensive care

ROME (CNS) -- Staff at the Pope John XXIII hospital in Bergamo -- once the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy -- announced they had no more patients with coronavirus in their intensive care unit.