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OSV News Showcase | June 23, 2023

This week there has been much occasion to pray along with the news. OSV News has covered the murder of Ugandan students, anti-Christian sentiment in the Holy Land, violence and the destruction of churches in India, and people lost at sea among other sad topics.

But we also have had good news for which to pray in thanksgiving, such as the recovery of a stolen Mary statue in Maryland, the newly-declared venerable Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange and more.

Good news or bad news, OSV News is here to tell the story. Below is a curated selection of content picked up by our newswire clients. Enjoy.

Megan Marley

Digital Editor
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U.S. Ukrainian bishops call on Catholics to be direct agents of ‘God’s healing touch’ in Ukraine

The Ukrainian Catholic bishops of the U.S. are calling attention to the profound psychological consequences of Russia’s war on Ukraine, urging the faithful to “be the conduits that direct God’s healing touch to our suffering brothers and sisters.”

Mexican Catholics mark anniversary of Jesuits’ murders with Mass for the nation’s victims

Mexican Catholic leaders marked the first anniversary of the murders of two elderly Jesuits with special Masses celebrated June 18 in memory of Mexico’s thousands of missing persons and the families of the many Mexicans murdered over the past two decades.

QUESTION: How can Father Rupnik remain a priest after dismissal from Jesuits?

First for some background, priesthood and religious life are actually two distinct vocations, even if they often go together in many cases…

House Republican chair: Dobbs anniversary is ‘opportunity to continue to strengthen culture of life’

The Supreme Court issued its Dobbs ruling June 24, 2022, in a case involving a Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks, where the state directly challenged the high court’s previous abortion-related precedents in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

Racial justice starts with important conversations in the church, Catholic couple says

“We know we can’t change the world. And it’s going to take a while to do this, but how do we start to make people be open to the discussion and not just closed down?” Yvonne said.

‘Greedflation’? Economic experts debate whether profit or policy is now driving up high prices

“Greedflation” is a hot economic topic, raising serious questions about whether or not inflation has indeed been worsened by corporate profiteering, and if American families will ultimately pay the price.

Nicaraguan bishop living in exile in Florida inspires New Jersey Hispanic priests at retreat

Bishop Báez has been exiled for four years from Nicaragua at the request of Pope Francis, who in 2019 asked the bishop to leave the country to protect him from death threats from the regime of President Daniel Ortega. Nicaraguan citizens began protesting Ortega in 2014 over political corruption, with tensions escalating over the next decade.

Recalling Father Thomas Byles, ‘priest and martyr’ during new Titanic crisis

On Sunday, April 14th, 1912, Fr. Thomas Byles celebrated Mass aboard the Titanic, just four days into its historic maiden voyage. Those who were on board recalled his homily about using prayer as your life vest, and the sacraments to save your soul in a spiritual shipwreck.

New York lawmakers aim to shield abortion doctors from out-of-state prosecutions

New York Assembly Bill 1709 would shield doctors in New York from potential prosecution if they dispense abortion pills in states that have restricted them. Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul is expected to sign the bill.

Tears are not signs of weakness but of love, says Canadian pastor after tragic bus crash

The compassion of Christ is what is needed now as the small Canadian community of Dauphin, Manitoba, comes to grips with the loss of 15 of its members in a tragic accident on the Trans-Canada Highway, said the pastor of the local parish.

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