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A locked fence is seen at St. Mel's Catholic Academy in the Flushing section of the Queens borough of New York July 9, 2020, the day the Diocese of Brooklyn, N.Y., announced that financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing it to close six schools, including St. Mel's. Citing similar reasons, the Diocese of Brooklyn, N.Y., the same day announced it will shutter six of its schools. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz) See NY-BROOKLYN-SCHOOL-CLOSINGS July 9, 2020.

New York Archdiocese closes 20 schools; six more close in Brooklyn Diocese

Twenty schools in the Archdiocese of New York will not reopen in the fall because of the financial fallout caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

In this 2016 file photo, Sister Loraine Marie Maguire, mother provincial of the Denver-based Little Sisters of the Poor, speaks to the media outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. (CNS photo/Joshua Roberts, Reuters)

Court rules in favor of employer exemptions to contraceptive coverage

In a 7-2 decision July 8, the Supreme Court upheld regulations by the Trump administration giving employers more ability to opt out of providing contraceptive coverage in their health plans.

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Father Andrzej Halemba is seen in a 2017 file photo carrying a crucifix during a procession of the Christians in Qaraqosh, Iraq. (CNS photo/courtesy Aid to the Church in Need) See ACN-REPORT-CHRISTIANS-IRAQ July 7, 2020.

New report says Iraqi Christians could face extinction

Without immediate action from the international community, Christians in northern Iraq could be endangered with extinction, warns a new report from the pontifical charity Aid to the Church in Need.

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Demonstrators in Denver advocate for Black, indigenous and Latino communities July 4, 2020. (CNS photo/Kevin Mohatt, Reuters)

Fighting racism means putting faith in action, say African American Catholics

One day in early June, John Thordarson released a short video he had finally finished. Under a black and white filter, the aspiring filmmaker from Boston walks on screen and takes a long pause before he begins.

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Demonstrators take part in a rally in Gaza City July 1, 2020, as Palestinians called for a "day of rage" to protest Israel's plan to annex parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank. (CNS photo/Mohammed Salem, Reuters)

Vatican’s top diplomat meets about Mideast with U.S., Israeli ambassadors

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, met with the U.S. and Israeli ambassadors to the Vatican to express concern that "possible unilateral actions" on their part would further jeopardize peace in the region.

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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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