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OSV News Showcase | June 2, 2023

It’s been a short week thanks to the Memorial Day holiday here in the U.S., but still a busy one for OSV News. 

Besides putting several interesting stories on the wire (and developing a few more for the future), we also are preparing for most of the team to be present on the ground next week at the Catholic Media Conference in Baltimore. It’ll be a first for me, so if you’re attending be sure to come say hi!

It’s also great to hear from you online: we’re open for messages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, where I’m also sharing links to all of our stories run by client publications.

Below is a mix of this week’s content by OSV News–enjoy!

Megan Marley

Digital Editor

Thousands flock to Missouri for ‘electrifying’ visit to nun’s apparently incorrupt body over Memorial Day weekend

As word of Sister Wilhelmina’s remains spread, pilgrims from several states steadily descended on the abbey, praying before and touching items to the body, which the sisters cleaned and protected with a coating of wax.

Default averted as House passes Fiscal Responsibility Act

The House of Representatives on May 31 approved a compromise bill brokered by President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, just days before a deadline to address the debt ceiling or risk a U.S. government default.

Kenyan government, UN are failing hundreds of thousands of refugees in East African nation, say panelists

Sister Hedwig Muse, a human rights lawyer, said all the camps are characterized by “the congestion, the (lack) of resources, the inadequacy of basic needs” including sanitation and shelter.

Record number of Catholics walk in annual pilgrimage from Paris to Chartres

Chartres has been a pilgrimage destination for French people for centuries.

Ukrainian church leaders cite lack of information on Vatican initiatives

Ukrainian church leaders have voiced skepticism over a planned Vatican “peace mission” to their war-torn country and have complained of being left in the dark about Rome’s intentions.

Priest is among heroes fighting flames in Canadian wildfires

While Canada is fighting wildfires from western Alberta province to eastern Nova Scotia, at least one priest is on the frontlines of the battle in firefighter uniform.

Davenport, Iowa, parish opens wide ‘window of mercy’ to neighbors in need

A parish became a disaster relief hub over the Memorial Day weekend following the collapse of an apartment building. But staff told OSV News they have been operating “a field hospital for the works of mercy” since the late 1980s.

Francisco: Inspirados por el Espíritu, los movimientos son un don en la Iglesia

Expertos como Hosffman Ospino, profesor de teología y educación religiosa en Boston College que ha publicado varios estudios sobre hispanos católicos en EE.UU., han dicho por mucho tiempo que “la riqueza de la presencia hispana en la Iglesia del país es impresionante”.

Numbers of Irish Catholics are falling rapidly; only half of Dublin residents say they’re Catholic

Once a Catholic giant, Ireland is becoming less religious, census data shows. Just over half of the residents of the Irish capital, Dublin, now self-identify as Catholic, according to data released May 30 by the country’s Central Statistics Office.

“Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse” (Sony)

Can there ever be too many iterations of everybody’s favorite amalgam of arachnid and human? Not according to the sequel “Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse,” (Sony) which eventually boasts a superabundance of variations on the character.

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