Thoughts, prayers and news

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Pope joins prayers for shooting victims

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis joined Catholic Church leaders expressing sorrow after back-to-back mass shootings in the United States left at least 29 dead and dozens injured in Texas and Ohio Aug. 3 and 4.

U.S. intent to ‘zero out’ refugee program horrifies helpers

WASHINGTON — News that officials in the Trump administration are considering “zeroing out” the number of refugees accepted by the United States brought an immediate outcry from Catholic and other faith-based agencies urging the government to reconsider such a move.

Nine schools in Memphis become secular charter schools this month

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The halls of the Jubilee Catholic Schools in Memphis, which opened 20 years ago, have been still.

Pelicans and ‘Jesus Fish’: Seek meanings of religious images, symbols

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that “genuine sacred art draws man to adoration, to prayer and to the love of God, creator and savior, the Holy One and sanctifier.” (No. 2502)  (Understanding our Church, Seeds of Faith)

What do you pray for and why?

“I pray for my family members every day. I pray for family members that have gone on to heaven before me, and I pray for family members that are sick or suffering. The reason I pray for my family members  …” (Youthspeak, Seeds of Faith)

Grace and appreciation can come after a terrible storm

Business was good. So good, in fact, that the family company had become one of the largest breweries in New England, producing 300,000 barrels a year and supporting two generations of Geisels in Springfield, Mass. (Columns)

Catholic Church stands with asylum seekers

Where is the Catholic Church on the refugees at the border? The answer is that the Catholic Church is with the refugees, both literally and figuratively. (Guest Commentary)

Minimum wage hike morally right action

The minimum wage debate reemerged this summer when U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024. (Editorial)

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