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Mexican migrant workers pick blueberries during a harvest at a farm in Lake Wales, Florida, U.S., March 31, 2020. (OSV News photo/Marco Bello, Reuters)

Fatal bus crash in Florida a reminder of how farmworkers are largely forgotten

Victims of a fatal bus accident that claimed the lives of eight migrant farmworkers were remembered at a prayer vigil.
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Iraq announces COVID-19 restrictions ahead of papal trip

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Two days after the Iraqi government announced stringent COVID-19 precautions, including the closure of mosques and churches "until further notice," the prime minister met with the Vatican nuncio to discuss "the preparation for the scheduled visit ...
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Franciscans mark 600 years as guardians of Christendom’s most sacred sites

Before he became guardian and commissary of the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington in 2013, Franciscan Father Larry Dunham made his first trip to the Holy Land, where his order has cared for the most sacred shrines ...
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CCUSA receives $1 million grant to help fire-devastated communities

A $1 million grant will allow 10 Catholic Charities agencies in four wildfire-stricken Western states to provide assistance to people burned out of their homes.
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World Marriage Day to be celebrated this year on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day

This year, World Marriage Day, observed annually on the second Sunday of February, will be celebrated Feb. 14, which also is the feast of St. Valentine and which since the eighth century has been a celebration of love and affection.
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Kansas bishop steps aside from duties as abuse allegation is investigated

Denying any wrongdoing, Bishop John B. Brungardt of Dodge City has stepped away from his duties and pledged to cooperate with authorities investigating an allegation of abuse of a minor made against him.
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Dioceses dispute conclusions, methods of AP report on pandemic funding

U.S. dioceses are crying foul over an investigative report on coronavirus relief funding they say grossly mischaracterized the Catholic Church's finances and unrestricted cash flows, leaving the crass impression the church used the 2020 CARES Act to hoard cash.
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