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OSV News Showcase | June 21, 2024

Near the conclusion of the 1.7-mile Eucharistic rosary procession June 16, 2024, at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Champion, Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay, Wis., stops to pray at the grave of Adele Brise, to whom the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared in 1859. During a June 14 consultation at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Spring Plenary Assembly, Bishop Ricken presented a proposal to consider Brise's cause for canonization. The proposal was accepted and it will now move forward. (OSV News photo/Sam Lucero)

Why are abortions increasing after the Supreme Court’s Dobbs ruling overturned Roe? 

Does the marital status of parents really affect the future success of young men in the world?

Why is art by Father Marko Rupnik — a Rome-based priest accused of sexually abusing multiple women — on the Vatican News website and social media? 

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Megan Marley

Digital Editor

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Vatican communications prefect on using Rupnik art: ‘I don’t think we have to throw stones’ 

On the final day of the Catholic Media Conference in Atlanta, the prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communication addressed questions posed by journalists about the dicastery’s regular practice of posting art by Father Marko Rupnik — a Rome-based priest accused of sexually abusing multiple women — on the Vatican News website and social media, especially to illustrate church feast days.

Blessed Carlo Acutis Youth Camp officials overjoyed as namesake heads toward canonization

Its mission is to lead young people to a deep relationship with Jesus Christ through his church. And the Blessed Carlo Acutis Youth Camp does just that each summer for young Catholics in West Virginia.

Annunciation House lawyer says Texas’ lawsuit attacks Catholic religious liberty

A lawyer representing Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas, a Catholic nonprofit serving migrants, told reporters shortly after a June 17 hearing in the case that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s attempt to shut down that ministry is an “attack on religious liberty.”

Comic book tells story of Buffalo priest up for sainthood and beloved for his work with poor

Dubbed by local newspapers as “the padre of the poor,” Father Baker (1842-1936) built, in addition to the basilica, an orphanage, a maternity hospital, a trade school and a home for infant care. The charitable work he began exists today as OLV Charities.

Timing of pilgrimage’s arrival at Wisconsin Marian shrine in Champion called ‘providential’

NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC PILGRIMAGE: Two days after the U.S. bishops approved a proposal to consider Adele Brise’s cause for canonization, the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage arrived at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Champion June 16. The shrine is home to the Marian apparitions that Brise experienced in 1859.

Court temporarily blocks enforcement of EEOC abortion provision in challenge by USCCB, others

In United States Conference of Catholic Bishops v. EEOC, religious groups challenged final regulations for the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, that grant workers protections for time off and other job accommodations for pregnancy-related medical conditions such as miscarriage, stillbirth and lactation — but also for abortion, which was opposed by many of the bill’s supporters, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

New study says 69% of Massgoers believe in Real Presence; measuring belief called tricky task

A new study suggests that Catholic belief in the Real Presence may be higher than previous data indicated — but measuring that belief accurately remains a tricky task for researchers.

European church leaders welcome assisted-suicide ruling, but worry it will be human right in future

Catholic Church representatives have welcomed a ruling by Europe’s top human rights court that countries have no obligation to allow physician-assisted suicide. However, they also voiced concern at suggestions that it could be recognized as a human right in the future.

Graduate of Catholic high school in Baltimore Archdiocese hurdles toward Olympic dream

Dylan Beard says his Olympic dreams “start with God and stay with God.” Those Olympic dreams, which started in the Archdiocese of Baltimore at Archbishop Spalding High School, are just a couple races away from fruition.

Study: Young men from ‘intact’ families — with married mom and dad — fare better in life

“We see for young men today a family-to-prison-or-college pipeline that sees greater likelihood of young men from intact families headed towards college graduation,” the study authors assert.

Louisiana public schools must post Ten Commandments, other historical documents

Public school classrooms in Louisiana will now be required to display the Ten Commandments by the start of 2025 as part of a new educational reform law signed by Gov. Jeff Landry.

‘Refugee angel’ urges African churches to help stop youths’ dangerous voyages to Europe

A Catholic priest who rescues migrants stuck at sea urged African churches to help stop the loss of young people, as many opt for dangerous voyages in search of a dignified future in Europe.

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