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Black Lives Matter demonstrators in New York City block traffic June 30, 2020, near an area being called the "City Hall Autonomous Zone." In a July 1 statement, the Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana, said Bishop Timothy L. Doherty has suspended Father Theodore Rothrock of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carmel from public ministry for referring to Black Lives Matters protesters as "maggots and parasites" in a Sunday bulletin article June 28. (CNS photo/Andrew Kelly, Reuters) See PRIEST-SUSPENDED-BLM July 2, 2020.

Indiana priest suspended after derogatory remarks about protesters

The bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana, has suspended a priest from public ministry after the pastor referred to Black Lives Matters protesters as "maggots and parasites" in a Sunday bulletin.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents look at migrants who crossed illegally into El Paso, Texas, Sept. 18, 2019, to turn themselves in to ask for asylum. (CNS photo/Jose Luis Gonzalez, Reuters) See JUDGE-TRUMP-ASYLUM-RULES July 1, 2020.

Judge strikes down Trump administration’s ‘third-country asylum rule’

A federal judge ruled late June 30 the Trump administration unlawfully implemented its 2019 policy to turn away asylum-seekers if they don't first seek protection in countries along their way to the United States.

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New graves are seen at Xico cemetery in Valle de Chalco, Mexico, June 29, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (CNS photo/Carlos Jasso, Reuters) See COVID-MEXICO-BISHOPS June 30, 2020.

Mexican bishops call for more robust response to COVID-19 crisis

Mexico's bishops have expressed alarm over the scope of the COVID-19 crisis, which they say is continuing to expand across the country even as health authorities allow the gradual resumption of economic activity.

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Pope Francis is seen in a file photo making a point. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See CMC-VIRTUAL-POPE June 30, 2020.

U.S. Catholic media must inspire unity amid division, pope says

Catholic media outlets in the United States are called to break down barriers that prevent dialogue and honest communication between people and communities, Pope Francis said.

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A mother and daughter wearing protective masks who are seeking asylum in the U.S. are seen at a migrant camp in Matamoros, Mexico, April 1, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (CNS photo/Go Nakamura, Reuters) See COVID-MIGRANT-DEPORTATIONS April 13, 2020.

Asylum at the border is ‘effectively over,’ El Paso bishop says

After visiting a group of pregnant migrant women on the Mexico side of the border, Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Texas, issued strong words June 25 about the Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" program and other restrictive immigration measures, saying that turning away those seeking asylum in the U.S. amounts to sending them to their death.

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President Donald Trump tours a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall in San Luis, Ariz., June 23, 2020. The U.S. has suspended some visas and extended immigration restrictions. (CNS photo/Carlos Barria, Reuters)

U.S. suspends some visas, extends immigration restrictions

Catholic organizations have joined others in protesting some of the latest immigration restrictions issued by the Trump administration, including a popular visa program now suspended until the end of the year.

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A sign with a photo of George Floyd hangs on a fence near the White House in Washington June 13, 2020. Demonstrations continue after a white police officer in Minnesota was caught on a bystander's video May 25 pressing his knee into the neck of George Floyd, an African American, who was later pronounced dead at a hospital. (CNS photo/Michael A. McCoy, Reuters)

Bishops urge Congress to address better police training, accountability

The chairmen of three U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' committees have called for "better practices for formation and accountability for police" in a joint letter to all members of Congress.

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Black Catholics participate in a revival in the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia in this undated photo. (CNS photo/Sarah Webb,

Black Catholic spirituality a force in fight against racism, say pastors

Two Black Catholic pastors in Philadelphia say their parishes are drawing strength from the Eucharist, prayer and a rich spiritual heritage in the fight against racism.

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Jean Kennedy Smith, former U.S. ambassador to Ireland and the last surviving sibling of President John F. Kennedy, is seen in this 2009 file photo. She died June 17, 2020, at age 92. (CNS photo/Brian Snyder, Reuters)

Jean Kennedy Smith, last sibling of President Kennedy, dies at age 92

Jean Kennedy Smith, a diplomat, humanitarian and author and the last surviving sibling of the late President John F. Kennedy, died June 17 at her home in Manhattan. She was 92.

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DACA demonstrators hold signs outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington Nov. 12, 2019. In a 5-4 decision June 18, 2020, the Supreme Court rejected President Donald Trump's executive order to cancel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provides legal protections and work authorization to immigrants brought to the U.S. as children by their parents without legal documents. (CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters)

High court rules against Trump administration’s plan to end DACA

In one of the most anticipated cases of the term, the Supreme Court June 18 ruled against efforts by the Trump administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA.

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