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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.

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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Retired Auxiliary Bishop Vincent Malone of Liverpool, England, died May 18, 2020, at age 88 in the Royal Liverpool Hospital, according to a May 18 statement by the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. Bishop Malone is pictured in an undated photo. (CNS photo/courtesy Bishops' Conference of England and Wales) See OBIT-MALONE May 18, 2020.

Retired English bishop dies of COVID-19

A retired English bishop has died from COVID-19 a week after he tested positive for the virus at his nursing home. He was 88.

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Ekene Odigwe sits in Radio Nigeria's studio in Enugu, where he broadcasts his "Climate Time" radio program, which focuses on raising awareness to reduce the societal impacts of climate change in Nigeria. (CNS photo/Valentine Iwenwanne) See NIGERIA-CLIMATE-PRIEST-RADIO May 15, 2020.

Radio host influences priest’s climate change actions in Nigerian parish

When Father Innocent Mba was transferred to Holy Cross Catholic Church several years ago, the parish premises was in a reckless abandon. Trash dotted the whole grounds, and parishioners cut trees and burned bushes.

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Children wait in line for food at a school near Cape Town, South Africa, May 4, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (CNS photo/Mike Hutchings, Reuters) See CARITAS-CRISIS-DONATIONS May 7, 2020.

Global action needed to alleviate hunger crisis, Caritas says

Economic stagnation, ongoing sanctions, food shortages and reduced funding all risk making life in a post-pandemic world more dangerous and deadly than the coronavirus itself, said the Vatican-based international network of Catholic charities.

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Clergymen concelebrate Mass June 8, 2018, in San Diego. Many U.S. diocesan leaders are saying some priest reassignments are up in the air amid the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS photo/David Maung) See PRIESTS-REASSIGN May 7, 2020.

Another pandemic side effect: Some priest reassignments delayed

Big-time college athletics has something called a transfer portal, a window of time during which athletes on scholarship can switch schools.

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The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington is seen in this 2017 file photo. The court heard oral arguments by teleconference on the Little Sisters of Poor case May 6, 2020, examining exemption challenges to the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

Divided court reexamines insurance coverage of contraceptives

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court seemed divided May 6 over Trump administration rules that give employers more ability to opt out of providing contraceptive coverage in their health plans.

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