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Pope Francis reflects on the Church as teacher of prayer (Vatican Press Office)

In May 2020, Pope Francis began a series Wednesday general audiences on prayer; that series has continued in 2021.

German Catholics, Lutherans devote ecumenical week to end-of-life care (Vatican News)

“We want to promote palliative and hospice support, as well as a global culture of life in our society in a more coherent way,” said Lutheran leader Heinrich Bedford-Strohm and Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg, the president of the German bishops’ conference.

Cardinal Cupich pays tribute to Cardinal Bernardin's 1992 plan to confront abuse (CNS)

“Imagine if all the bishops had taken those documents home and fully implemented them in their dioceses, how much further ahead we would be” and “how many children might have been spared,” Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago said in an apparent reference to the 1992 report of the Cardinal’s Commission on Clerical Sexual Misconduct with Minors.

Chaldean Patriarch, in Ramadan message, calls for removal of anti-Christian polemics from Iraqi textbooks (Fides)

Cardinal Louis Raphaël I Sako also recently called for a “secular and civil” Iraqi state that “does not deprive people of the right to practice their faith.”

Priests in Daunte Wright's community urge Catholics to fight racism, police violence (National Catholic Reporter)

“I don’t understand the use of force, right on the spot on someone who is unarmed,” Father Marcel Okwara said following the killing of Daunte Wright. “When an African-American person is shot, it affects me, too, the priest.” Archbishop Bernard Hebda of St. Paul and Minneapolis encouraged prayers for peace.

Pontifical academy concerned about neo-populism (Vatican News)

“Many nations are threatened by populism fueled by the media and fake news,” the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences said in its overview of a webinar on Pope Francis’s third encyclical letter, Fratelli tutti. “In some contexts, the basic human rights to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, expression and association are not respected.” The Vatican’s Dicastery for Communication has highlighted one of the speeches, “Fratelli tutti and the challenge of neo-populism,” by Rodrigo Guerra López.

Scholar urges Catholics to have courage to speak out against Equality Act (CNS)

The US House of Representatives passed the Equality Act in 224-206 vote; the Senate is now considering it.

Police, DA's office clashed amid Bishop Hart investigation, documents show (Casper Star Tribune)

In a separate investigation, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith found that Bishop Joseph Hart, the retired Bishop of Cheyenne, was guilty of a “flagrant lack of prudence” in his relationships with boys, but ruled that accusations of sexual abuse by the bishop could not be proven “with moral certitude.” The CDF also criticized Bishop Hart for “his disregard of the urgent requests that he refrain from public engagements that would cause scandal” after a diocesan investigation found that the accusations against him were credible.

CRS praises Biden administration's proposed boost to foreign assistance (CNA)

The US bishops founded Catholic Relief Services in 1943, and the majority of the members of its board of directors are bishops.

New Jersey gubernatorial candidate faces criticism for anti-Catholic comments (New Jersey Globe)

Phil Rizzo, a Baptist pastor who is now a GOP gubernatorial candidate, once said of Catholics: “I don’t know if these people have ever heard the Gospel. Not only are they in bondage to their sin, but they’re in bondage to religion.”