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Bishop Mark J. Seitz of the Diocese of El Paso, Texas, kneels at El Paso's Memorial Park holding a

After ‘taking a knee,’ border bishop gets a call from the pope

It's called "taking a knee," and many professional athletes around the country have made the gesture publicly to protest police brutality.

A protestor in Detroit holds a photo of George Floyd May 29, 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 Floyd, an African American, who was later pronounced dead at a hospital. (CNS photo/Sylvia Jarrus, Reuters) See DETROIT-CATHOLICS-EQUALITY June 3, 2020.

All Catholics must speak out for equality, against racism, say leaders

When a black man is just a boy, his parents will likely have two conversations with him. The first is about life in general -- things like being careful crossing the street, how to choose one's friends and be a responsible young man.

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Terrence Floyd, the brother of George Floyd, reacts at a makeshift memorial at the spot where he was taken into custody in Minneapolis June 1, 2020. Demonstrations continue after a white police officer was caught on a bystander's video May 25 pressing his knee into the neck of George Floyd, an African American, who later died at a hospital. (CNS photo/Lucas Jackson, Reuters)

Bishops around US express sorrow over Floyd killing, racism

Even as the United States still finds itself grappling with the coronavirus pandemic, outrage, grief and anger over the latest killing of an unarmed black man outweighed caution as hundreds of thousands turned out nationwide to protest and many of the country's Catholic bishops joined the calls for justice.

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The Army National Guard stands on the street in Louisville, Ky., during a protest May 31, 2020, against the deaths of Breonna Taylor by Louisville police and George Floyd by Minneapolis police. (CNS photo/Bryan Woolston, Reuters) See TWIN-CITIES-FLOYD-DEATH-RIOTS June 1, 2020.

Catholics in Twin Cities grappling with Floyd’s death, related rioting

For three hours on the morning of May 30, Father Joe Gillespie walked Lake Street in Minneapolis, surveying the destruction in his neighborhood.

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A police officer in Minneapolis aims a gun before firing at protesters gathered near the Minneapolis Police Third Precinct May 27, 2020. Two days earlier George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was pinned down by a police officer kneeling on his neck before later dying in the hospital May 25. (CNS photo/Eric Miller, Reuters) See MINNEAPOLIS-FLOYD May 28, 2020.

Bishops ‘sickened’ by Floyd’s death, say racism ‘real and present danger’

The U.S. Catholic bishops said May 29 they "are broken-hearted, sickened and outraged to watch another video of an African American man being killed before our very eyes."

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A mask seen near a New York City cemetery May 27, 2020, honors those who have died from the coronavirus disease. (CNS photo/Brendan McDermid, Reuters)

Faith leaders call for ‘Day of Mourning and Lament’ for victims of virus

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious said May 27 it will join a group of over 100 national faith leaders -- from Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions -- who have called for a National Day of Mourning and Lament June 1 for those who have died from COVID-19.

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Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, leads a special liturgy in renewing the consecration of the U.S. to the care of our Blessed Mother May 1, 2020, from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. (CNS photo/Victor Aleman, courtesy Angelus News)

L.A. Archdiocese to begin opening churches under detailed safety measures

After being closed for more than two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, churches in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles can begin to open to the public the first week of June if they implement certain safety guidelines, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez told priests and parish staff late May 26.

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Jeffrey Rentegrado leads the rosary with other members of the Knights of Columbus in the Philippines alongside a portrait of the Knights' founder, Father Michael J. McGivney, in 2019. Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Father McGivney, clearing the way for his beatification. (CNS photo/Spirit Juice, courtesy Knights of Columbus)

Pope clears way for beatification of Knights of Columbus founder

Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Father Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, clearing the way for his beatification.

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People in the Queens borough of New York City pray at St. Bartholomew Church May 15, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS photo/Brendan McDermid, Reuters)

New York Archdiocese issues five-phase plan to gradually reopen churches

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York and other church officials announced a multistep plan to reopen the 288 parish churches of the archdiocese as the coronavirus pandemic eases.

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Siena Canavan and Jason Murawski are seen with their first holy Communion art. (CNS composite; photo courtesy the Canavan and Murawski families via The Catholic Spirit) See CATECHIST-CHILDREN-FIRST-COMMUNION May 22, 2020.

Catechist has special message for children waiting for first Communion

May is the month many eagerly await because it is the time many children receive first holy Communion. Sadly, this year the coronavirus has made pastors postpone this momentous milestone in the spiritual lives of waiting first communicants.

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