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Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference at Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., U.S., March 4, 2023. According to media reports, multiple sources familiar with the matter said that a Manhattan grand jury voted to indict former President Donald Trump. Specific charge or charges are not publicly known. (OSV News photo/Evelyn Hockstein, Reuters)

Grand jury votes to indict former President Donald Trump

According to media reports, a Manhattan grand jury voted to indict former President Donald Trump on March 30 for his alleged role in paying hush money to an adult film actress in the closing days of the 2016 campaign, marking the first time in American history that a current or former president has faced criminal charges.

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Holy sites closed after COVID-19 reports

JERUSALEM (CNS) — The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem urged its faithful to cooperate with the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health, following its order March 5 to close all schools, universities, mosques and churches, including the Church of the Nativity and Shepherd’s Field.

The affected areas were in the West Bank: Bethlehem, Beit Jala, Beit Sahour and Jericho for 14 days following seven reported cases of the coronavirus in the Bethlehem and Beit Jala area.

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Italian doctors: Staff overwhelmed during pandemic

Doctors working in the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy have launched an appeal in a major medical journal warning the outbreak in their province is out of control.

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Amid COVID-19 pandemic, pope prays for homeless

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — During his live-streamed daily morning Mass, Pope Francis prayed that the coronavirus pandemic may awaken people’s consciences to the plight of homeless men and women suffering in the world.

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During pandemic, priests bridge distance between deceased, family

When Father Mario Carminati went to bless the remains of one of his parishioners, he called the deceased man’s daughter on WhatsApp so they could pray together.

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Providing care, prayer during COVID-19

NEW YORK (CNS) — In early March, I sat with two other New York City emergency medicine colleagues as part of an interfaith sharing at Fordham University, “Where Faith and Medicine Intersect.”

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Fauci’s dedication to public service formed at Jesuit high school

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has emerged for many as the voice of reason and integrity as the nation confronts the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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