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OSV News Showcase | June 14, 2024

Adele Brise is pictured in a habit in an undated photo. In 1859, when she was 28 she saw apparitions of Mary near her home in what is today Champion, Wis. Brise taught the Catholic faith to children and began a community of Third Order Franciscans. On June 14, 2024, the U.S. bishops voted to affirm the sainthood cause of Brise should go forward. (OSV News photo/CNS file photo, courtesy of the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help)

Even though next week is the first day of summer and that usually bodes a slow news cycle, June, July (and probably August if we’re being honest) are BUSY busy for us here at OSV News.

This week, members of our team covered the USCCB Spring Plenary Assembly in Louisville, Ky. But besides that, we wrote about the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage now in it’s fourth week; Supreme Court rulings (such as this one on drugs used in abortion); schools in the Diocese of Gary, Ind., to benefit from a $150 million donation (a HUGE investment in Catholic education in the region); news on states’ legislation and court rulings; Fathers Day; saints’ causes and more.

Next week we’ll have a presence at the Catholic Media Conference in Atlanta, Ga. (if you’re there, be sure to say hello!), and beyond that, there’s the presidential debate (how is election season upon us already?), the National Eucharistic Congress, and other events.

I’m looking forward to sharing these future news stories with you, and hope you enjoy this week’s stories in review below.

Megan Marley

Digital Editor

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Priest who was early victim of Poland’s communist regime to be beatified June 15

Father Rapacz’s graduating seminary class included two other blesseds: Father Wladyslaw Bukowiński, a former Gulag inmate who would later spread the Gospel in Soviet-ruled Kazakhstan, and Father Piotr Dańkowski, a priest killed in Auschwitz for his work with the wartime Polish resistance.

As Olympic flame travels through France, Catholic Church is busy with ‘Holy Games’ project

In the run-up to the 2024 Summer Olympic Games in Paris, opening on July 26, the “Holy Games” project, launched for the occasion by the French bishops and the Archdioceses of Paris, is gaining momentum with a growing number of events on the theme of “sport and faith.” 

Malawi bishops mourn nation’s Catholic vice president after he and 9 others die in plane crash

Catholic bishops in Malawi mourned the country’s vice president, a devout Catholic who died June 10 in a tragic plane crash.

British Christians face rising levels of harassment, discrimination, survey says

A new report claims that all British Christians are suffering rising levels of harassment and discrimination because of their faith, with the young particularly susceptible to intolerance. 

New NCEA chair Archbishop Hartmayer has long history in education: Here are five things to know

INTERVIEW: Atlanta Archbishop John Hartmeyer, the new board chair of the National Catholic Education Association, talks about the future of Catholic education in the wake of a major philanthropist’s unprecedented infusion into a diocese’s Catholic schools

Future of anti-human trafficking bills sought by Catholics unclear amid wider immigration debate

A trio of bills to combat human trafficking sought by Catholic advocates faces an uncertain future in Congress amid a wider debate over immigration policy. 

Upcoming Lyke Conference to explore how Black Catholics can bring their gifts to the Mass

A national gathering will explore how Black Catholics can “embrace the gifts” they bring to the church, particularly to the Mass, according to organizers. 

Pax Christi is honored with first Dorothy Day Peacemaker Award as global conflicts spike

For more than 50 years, Pax Christi USA — the national Catholic peace movement founded in 1972, grounded in the Gospel and Catholic social teaching — has dedicated itself to the construction of a world without conflict.

Bishops’ spring meeting opens with focus on anti-poverty arm, Eucharistic revival, mental health

USCCB SPRING PLENARY ASSEMBLY: The first day of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ public meetings during their spring assembly June 12-14 began with a closed door session on the future of its anti-poverty initiative and closed with a lively open discussion surrounding its ongoing campaign to address the mental health crisis.

US bishops’ canonical committee to offer ‘clear analysis’ of transgenderism and consecrated life

USCCB SPRING PLENARY ASSEMBLY: A number of the nation’s Catholic bishops have asked for guidance from their episcopal conference following the public disclosure of transgenderism by a Lexington diocesan hermit. “This issue is now on our agenda,” Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance, told OSV News.

“Inside Out 2” (Disney) 

Worthy successor to the outstanding 2015 animated psychological comedy returns viewers to the mind of a now-teenage girl (voice of Kensington Tallman) where the onset of puberty is suddenly causing wholesale disruption. OSV News classification is A-II — adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG — parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

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