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A locked fence is seen at a Catholic school. The Archdiocese of Newark, N.J., announced Aug. 4, 2020, it was permanently closing eight schools due to the economic hit caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Citing COVID-19 economic toll, Newark closing five schools, merging three

Citing the toll COVID-19 is taking on school enrollments and finances, the Archdiocese of Newark's Office of Schools announced Aug. 4 that five elementary schools will not reopen this fall and three elementary schools will consolidate with nearby school communities.

Palestinians light candles in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Aug. 5, 2020, to show solidarity with the Lebanese people following explosions the previous day in Beirut. Two massive explosions near the port of the Lebanese capital left more than 130 people dead, at least 5,000 injured and dozens more missing. (CNS photo/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa, Reuters) See LEBANON-EXPLOSION-DONATE Aug. 5, 2020.

Lebanon’s Catholic leaders seek help; here’s where you can donate

As Lebanon's Catholic leaders appealed for help for their country, international and U.S. organizations appealed for donations for Beirut, capital of a country already suffering from a severe economic downturn.

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A man and woman run at the site of an explosion in Beirut Aug. 4, 2020. Two massive explosions ripped through the Lebanese capital, injuring many people and blowing out windows in buildings the city's port region. (CNS photo/Mohamed Azakir, Reuters)

Explosion in Beirut adds suffering to Lebanon’s dire situation

Hospitals in the Lebanese capital are overwhelmed with those suffering injuries from a massive explosion in Beirut's port, causing widespread damage the city and rocking the tiny Mediterranean nation already devastated by the coronavirus and its worst financial crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war.

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A memorial in El Paso, Texas, is seen near the site of the Aug. 3, 2019, Walmart mass shooting during a visit by U.S. bishops and others Sept. 26. A year after the deadly shooting, El Paso Bishop Mark J. Seitz has announced the formation of a group to address racism as a way to honor the victims. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn) See SEITZ-COMMISSION-SHOOTING Aug. 3, 2020.

Calling out racism, El Paso bishop forms commission a year after massacre

He was surrounded by photos of fellow El Pasoans, who spent the last moments of their lives one summer evening a year ago, running for safety while shopping at superstore.

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A volunteer poll site worker at the Edmondson Westside High School polling site in Baltimore sanitizes a write-in ballot station after it was used during a special election in Maryland April 28, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS photo/Tom Brenner, Reuters) See IN-DEPTH-ELECTION-YOUNG-VOTERS July 30, 2020.

Is 2020 the year that gets young people to polls in bigger numbers?

Steven Millies, a scholar who explores the Catholic Church’s relationship to politics, feels more optimistic today than he has in a long time about young people in this country voting in a national election.

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People in San Diego hold signs supporting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program June 18, 2020. (CNS photo/Mike Blake, Reuters)

Faith leaders criticize Trump’s plan to reject new DACA applicants

Faith leaders and immigrant advocates have denounced the Trump administration's plan to reject first-time applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, and limit DACA renewals to one-year extensions instead of two.

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Mothers in Portland, Ore., protest racial inequality and police violence July 22, 2020. (CNS photo/Caitlin Ochs, Reuters)

Portland archbishop urges end to violence, return to campaign for justice

As the national spotlight landed on his city and its ongoing protests, Portland Archbishop Alexander K. Sample July 24 made a plea for citizens to leave violence behind and return to a campaign for racial justice.

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The casket of the late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., travels in a procession from Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church to the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., July 26, 2020. The civil rights movement legend who was a colleague of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. died July 17, 2020. He was 80. (CNS photo/Christopher Aluka Berry, Reuters)

Head of Network remembers Lewis as ‘determined, forceful, thoughtful’

As Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of the Catholic social justice lobby Network, began reflecting on her fondest memories of the late Congressman John Lewis, she could recall one instance in which his body language showed something different than the soft-spoken, yet passionate man she knew.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a Senate hearing in Washington June 30, 2020. (CNS photo/Al Drago, pool via Reuters)

Fauci calls COVID-19 a ‘pandemic of historic proportion,’ like 1918’s flu

There is no denying the fact "this is a pandemic of historic proportion," Dr. Anthony Fauci told students at Jesuit-run Georgetown University in a recent online webinar focused on young people's risks and responsibilities in mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

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U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams speaks with the media at Camillus House shelter for the homeless and Camillus Health Concern in Miami, during a July 23, 2020, visit to South Florida. The surgeon general received a detailed tour of the facilities and led conversations with community leaders about the pandemic. (CNS photo/Tom Tracy)

U.S. surgeon general says preventing spread of virus must be top priority

Calling the COVID-19 pandemic the challenge of a lifetime, the nation's top public health official traveled to Florida seeking help in slowing the deadly outbreak.

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