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OSV News Showcase | June 7, 2024

A U.S. flag is pictured at Omaha Beach June 4, 2024, two days ahead of the 80th anniversary of the 1944 D-Day landings in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer in France's Normandy region. (OSV News photo/Benoit Tessier, Reuters)

Wow, it’s Friday already! 

Stories we’ve covered this week included: 

In addition to publishing several captivating stories and developing more for the future, we are gearing up for our team to be on the ground next week at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ 2024 Spring Plenary Assembly in Louisville, Kentucky.

We love hearing from you online! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, where I’m also sharing links to all the stories featured by our client publications.

Below, you’ll find even more of this week’s content from OSV News—enjoy!

Megan Marley

Digital Editor

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​​Diocesan hermit-theologian warned bishop ‘transgender hermit’ proposal would ‘misuse’ church law

A Kentucky bishop’s decision to endorse a hermit who publicly identified as transgender has raised a number of questions and concerns — particularly from another diocesan hermit and theologian, who had counseled the bishop in writing nearly two years before that approving the individual as a hermit would “misuse” canon law governing that vocation, and set a precedent that could endanger the future of eremitical life itself.

After Delay, Season Four of the “The Chosen” Begins Streaming

The fourth season of the Biblically-based television series “The Chosen” began streaming, Sunday, June 2, with further installments dropping each Sunday and Thursday through June 27.

Federal judge rules Colorado unlawfully excluded Catholic preschools from state program

In a case involving parental preferences, a “congregation preference” and hiring decisions at two Catholic preschools, a federal judge in Denver ruled June 4 that Colorado’s government violated state law by excluding those preschools from participating in the state’s universal preschool program.

Reporter’s Notebook: Witnessing the impact of a Chicago parish’s first Eucharistic procession

EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL: On the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, also known as Corpus Christi, a parish in Chicago held its first Eucharistic procession.

Biden signs executive order temporarily shutting down asylum requests

President Joe Biden on June 4 signed an executive order aimed at reducing unauthorized border crossings by asylum-seekers. The move was expected and comes as Biden faces increasing political pressure on the issue of migration in the midst of his reelection bid.

OSV’s Jason Shanks named new CEO of National Eucharistic Congress, Inc.

For Shanks, 48, the position merges professional expertise with a personal passion, and a desire to see the revival’s work continue well beyond the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ 2022-2025 National Eucharistic Revival initiative.

Trial of Hong Kong’s Jimmy Lai continues; dissidents recall Tiananmen Square massacre

Catholic activist Jimmy Lai’s trial on charges of violating a Chinese-imposed national security law is nearing the 100-day mark.

Disappeared Ukrainian priests may be in Russian labor camp, says human rights researcher

Two disappeared Ukrainian Greek Catholic priests seized by Russian forces from their church in Berdyansk in November 2022 are possibly in a Russian-operated labor camp in occupied Ukraine, according to a human rights information service.

What is church teaching on yoga and reiki?

QUESTION CORNER: Canonist Jenna Marie Cooper answers your questions about the faith in her weekly column. Send your questions to

10 years after Islamic State group’s bloody rampage, Iraq’s displaced Christians still struggle

For Iraqi Catholics, it’s a date they will never forget. The takeover of Mosul by militants of the Islamic State group 10 years ago began their bloody and destructive rampage over the weeks that followed through the country’s ancestral heartland which Christians called home for the past 16 centuries.

Wildlife crossings connect practical ecology needs, Catholic creation care

The largest wildlife crossing in the world has just begun construction in Agoura Hills, California, some 30 miles west of Los Angeles. Straddling the 101 Freeway — one of the most congested freeways in the nation — the project should be complete by 2026. “To get developers to take account of animals — and wildlife in particular — is always an uphill battle,” noted Chris Fegan, chief executive of the U.K.-based Catholic Concern for Animals, which operates worldwide and traces its roots to 1929.

On historic D-Day anniversary, Catholic veteran says faith has always helped him in ‘tight corner’

As Western heads of state and government gathered in northern France to mark 80 years since the monumental D-Day invasion that helped secure victory in World War II, one veteran, now age 100, had special memories to share.

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