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Don't sell shuttered churches to developers, parishioners urge Chicago archdiocese (Chicago Sun-Times)

“The self-proclaimed ‘God Squad’ represents 25 parishes and churches that have shuttered or are on the cusp of closure and have filed canonical appeals to save the buildings,” according to the report.

3rd man alleges inappropriate behavior by popular Chicago priest Pfleger (Chicago Tribune)

“The man said he does not plan to file an independent claim with the archdiocese or to seek a financial settlement,” according to the report.

Virginia court rejects challenge to remaining Covid restrictions on churches (Religion Clause)

“There are no capacity limits in Executive Order # 72 and non-religious gatherings have stricter requirements regardless of occurring indoors or outdoors,” the court noted.

'Fratelli Tutti' translated into Russian (Vatican Press Office)

The Pope’s third encyclical letter, Fratelli tutti, is devoted to fraternity and social friendship. “I think that reflection and dialogue on this Encyclical can be of help not only for the Russian Federation, where dialogue between Christians and Muslims is required to grow, but for the human family as a whole,” the Pope wrote in a March 3 message.

2 Protestant churches attacked in Bangladesh (AsiaNews)

The South Asian nation of 163 million (map) is 89% Muslim and 9% Hindu. Pope Francis made an apostolic journey there in 2017.

USCCB calls for prayers for Myanmar, solidarity with its people (USCCB)

On February 1, the Southeast Asian nation’s military overthrew elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi (BBC coverage).

Pope, in general audience, reflects on prayer and the Most Holy Trinity (Vatican Press Office)

In May 2020, Pope Francis began a series Wednesday general audiences on prayer; that series has continued in 2021. “In our journey of catechesis on prayer, today and next week we will see how, thanks to Jesus Christ, prayer opens us up to the Trinity—to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit—to the immense sea of God who is Love,” the Pope said on March 3 (video).

US bishops' doctrine, pro-life chairmen address use of Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine (USCCB)

“Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines raised concerns because an abortion-derived cell line was used for testing them, but not in their production,” the prelates said. “The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, however, was developed, tested and is produced with abortion-derived cell lines raising additional moral concerns. . . . If one has the ability to choose a vaccine, Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccines should be chosen over Johnson & Johnson’s.”

US bishops' working group on President Biden recommends document on 'Eucharistic coherence' (CNS)

In a March 1 memo, Archbishop José H. Gomez , the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ president, said that the working group recommended that the bishops’ Committee on Doctrine draft a document on “Eucharistic coherence,” “in the hope that it will strengthen an understanding and deepen a common faith in the gift that has been given to us in the Sacrament of the Altar.”

German bishops call for change to Catechism on homosexuality (Catholic World Report)

The Catechism of the Catholic Church discusses homosexuality in no. 2357, in its teaching on the Sixth Commandment.