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Seattle Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio L. Elizondo and Detroit Auxiliary Bishop Arturo Cepeda concelebrate Mass Jan. 21, 2018, at St. Joseph Church in Jifna, West Bank. In a Sept. 15, 2020, statement marking the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S., Bishop Cepeda, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs, said the Catholic Church and U.S. society must acknowledge the historic and current contributions of Hispanic and Latino leadership in all spheres of church and society. (CNS photo/Debbie Hill)

Church, society should recognize leadership of Hispanics, Latinos, bishop says

The Catholic Church and American society should recognize the historic and current contributions of Hispanic and Latino leaders, said a U.S. bishop at the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated Sept. 15-Oct. 15.

Volunteers serving Catholic Charities of San Antonio pass food supplies at the St. Stephen's CARE Center in San Antonio May 6, 2020, to be delivered to people in need. (CNS photo/courtesy Catholic Charities of San Antonio)

Pastoral urges Catholics to draw closer to God, one another amid pandemic

Archbishop Gustavo GarcĂ­a-Siller of San Antonio said that "we do not know exactly what God has in store for us," but he hopes that while "we wait and work" for this COVID-19 crisis to be over, it will not "just be an episode in history from which we recovered."

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Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives for his general audience in the San Damaso courtyard at the Vatican Sept. 16, 2020. (CNS photo/Yara Nardi, Reuters)

Creation must be protected, not exploited, pope says at audience

Human beings must change their relationship with nature and view it not as an "object for unscrupulous use and abuse" but as a gift they are charged by God to care for and protect, Pope Francis said.

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A demonstrator is detained by Los Angeles Sheriff's Department officers during a June 3, 2020, protest in L.A. in response to the May 25 death of George Floyd -- an unarmed black man said to have spent several minutes under a Minnesota police officer's knee before becoming unconscious. He later was pronounced dead at the hospital. (CNS photo/Patrick T. Fallon, Reuters)

Catholic bishops of California launch yearlong anti-racism initiative

The Catholic bishops of California have announced a yearlong initiative to address personal and systematic racism, both in the Church and wider society.

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Bishop Gilles Lemay of Amos, Quebec, is pictured during an ordination. Bishop Lemay has disavowed the messages and prophecies of Father Michel Rodrigue, who founded an institute in the diocese. (CNS photo/Philippe Vaillancourt, Presence)

Two Canadian bishops disavow priest’s prophecies

Two Canadian dioceses have disavowed the messages and prophecies of a Canadian priest known for prophesying doom.

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Thick smoke and a red sky are seen above Salem City, Ore., Sept. 8, 2020, in this picture obtained from social media. (CNS photo/Zak Stone via Reuters)

Oregon’s fire: Most churches safe, for now, offering shelter

While the foothills of Oregon's Cascade Mountains have been ablaze, creating red apocalyptic skies and leaving five small towns in ashes, most of the churches in the Archdiocese of Portland have not burned and many have offered shelter to thousands of evacuees.

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Pope Francis greets people as he arrives for his general audience in the San Damaso courtyard at the Vatican Sept. 9, 2020. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Common good, not greed, must motivate search for vaccine, pope says

The common good -- and not political or economic gain -- should be at the heart of the race to find a vaccine for COVID-19, Pope Francis said.

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A woman waits in line at Catholic Charities' Spanish Catholic Center parking lot in Washington July 15, 2020, to pick up free food supplies. Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, Okla., chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic BishopsÂ’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, issued a statement Sept. 8 calling on lawmakers in Congress and the White House to reach a deal on the next COVID relief package that meets the urgent needs of the nation. (CNS photo/Chaz Muth)

USCCB urges Congress, White House to reach COVID-19 relief deal

A leader with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has urged Congress and the White House Sept. 8 to reach a deal on the next COVID-19 relief package that meets the urgent needs of the nation.

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In this 2011 file photo, the Basilica of St. Francis with its bell tower is pictured beyond a field of corn in Assisi, Italy. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope will sign new encyclical in Assisi October 3

Pope Francis will travel to Assisi Oct. 3 to sign an encyclical on the social, political and economic obligations that flow from a belief that all people are children of God and therefore brothers and sisters to one another.

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People in Miami work at a restaurant Aug. 31, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS photo/Marco Bello, Reuters)

Profit over safety, especially in pandemic, ‘unjust,’ says Labor Day statement

Given the "somber" realities imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, for companies to put profits over safety is "unjust," said Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, in the U.S. bishops' annual Labor Day statement.

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