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Morning must-reads

February 26

Chicago archdiocese must pacify Fr. Pfleger supporters

Who demonstrate and post 'facts' to push for his return

Bishops defend property after Spain raises doubts

Gov't gives Church deadline to provide proof of ownership

U.S. House passes gender-ideological Equality Act

Bill now moves to Senate; Biden has vowed to sign it

Ital. cardinal implicated in ongoing Vatican abuse trial

Pope removed him from office just days before hearing

EU bishops org ‘alarmed’ by EU Parliament resolution

Which condemns Poland for its protection of unborn

Biden orders airstrikes in Syria, citing Iranian-led action

Alongside talk of reviving 2015 Iran nuclear agreement

February 25

Biden admin. withdraws from fed. girls' athletics case

Conn. AG throws females under bus: 'trans girls are girls'

HHS Secretary nominee: 'I have never sued any nuns'

He spent inordinate amount of effort suing pro-life orgs

Brooklyn bishop: Suit on claimed abuse 'is defamatory'

Lawyer: 'We will never settle' over this untrue allegation

Brazil priest 'concelebrated' with Protestant minister

Bishop removes him as pastor, notes ecumenical intent

Damascus archbishop likens Syria to a sinking ship

Laments deaths, disappearances, economic disaster

Pope's new doctor is esteemed specialist in geriatrics

Bernabei, age 69, will accompany Francis on papal trips

February 24

USCCB: Equality Act will harm & exclude people of faith

Via coercive mandates and denial of conscience rights

NGO names top 12 contributors to sexual exploitation

Repeats include Amazon, Netflix, the state of Nevada

Female theologian picked to run German bishops' conf.

'Strong signal' of 'modernization' comes amid turmoil

U.S. bishops reveal concerns in confidential interviews

Bishops have realized they are 'generals without armies'

HHS Secretary nominee Becerra is grilled on abortion

Senators ask about extreme stance, partial-birth, funding

Without Peter’s Pence fund, Vatican deficit nears $100M

Pope's 'no firing' policy & underfunded pension loom large

February 23

China: Church to move more toward 'autonomy' in 2021

Amid program for 100th anniv. of Chinese Communist Party

New Orleans SNAP leader praises Archbp. Aymond

For concrete initiatives to assist abuse survivors

Amazon de-lists book critical of transgender movement

'When Harry Became Sally' falls to unaccountable censors

African-American Jesuit in formation reflects on racism

Why 'hold back' teaching black students the Catholic faith?

Author & NOR contributor Tom Bethell dies at age 84

Published final book on controversy surrounding Darwin

Rome: Church of St. Joseph of the Carpenters restored

After roof & gilded coffered ceiling cave-in of 2018

February 22

Pope accepts Cardinal Sarah's resignation from CDW

Most senior African prelate at Vatican turned 75 in June

Myanmar bishops call for dialogue amid rising tensions

As businesses around the country strike to oppose coup

Vatican's 2021 budget projects $60 million deficit

Report includes Peter’s Pence, special funds for 1st time

Planned Parenthood abortions increased in FY 2020

Despite withdrawing from Title X, its gov't funding grew

Pope marks 90th anniv. of 1st Divine Mercy appearance

'Through St. JPII this message reached the entire world'

French party leader Le Pen goes on trial over IS tweets

She will likely face off against Macron in '22 prez election

February 19

Vatican makes COVID vaccine mandatory for employees

Later downplays any punitive aspect, offers some liberty

Pope gives Curia 17th-century text as Lenten reading

Which Italian Cistercian monk wrote to aid his brethren

Australian bishops issue pastoral letter on Catholic ed

One in five Australian students attends a Catholic schooI

Patriarchs, leaders ask Biden to end Syria sanctions

'Ten years ago, Syria was a breadbasket for the region'

Xinjiang, China: Sacred Heart church to be torn down

In 2018 its features were removed, called 'too showy'

South Carolina Dem votes for ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban

Bucks his party because unborn child is 'a human being'

February 18

New Italian PM cites Pope in 1st parliamentary address

Draghi became member of pontifical academy last July

French National Assembly passes anti-extremism bill

With more controls on religion, to counter separatism

Poland: Deputy PM raps bishops’ ‘sluggishness’ on case

Polish Church repeatedly battered by abuse & cover-up

Vatican issues guidelines for Holy Week 2021, COVID

Bishops to follow guidance of decree from last March

Ecumenical monastery founder refuses Vatican order

Italy’s Bose lay community airs its trouble with Bianchi

Mich.: Ice chapel allows college students to go to Mass

Tech college's annual project is handy amid COVID era

February 17

Pope: Lent is path to freedom in reconciliation with God

Recommends Confession as 'first step on our return'

Iraq: COVID, bomb attacks raise doubts on papal visit

And local Christians call interfaith outreach 'tone-deaf'

66% of Black Americans are Protestant; 6% are Catholic

Pew: Blacks are more religious than general population

Delayed Legion of Christ extortion trial begins in Italy

In 2013, lawyers offered abuse victim cash for silence

Japan: High school teen suicides spike amid pandemic

Lockdown has increased isolation & online bullying

Belgians report 2,656 assisted suicides; Dutch 6,361

In 2019; docs bypass safeguards by citing 'polypathology'

February 16

Abp. Naumann: Biden should cut 'devout Catholic' talk

More honest to say he disagrees with Church teaching

Pope remembers 21 Coptic Christians martyred by ISIS

They're 'Saints of all Christian denominations & traditions'

Vatican not mentioned in China’s new rules on bishops

Which say Patriotic Ass'n will select, approve, consecrate

DR Congo: Islamists kill 16, burn down Catholic church

Opened fire on village of Ndalya on Sunday morning

Abortion giant now gives cross-sex hormones to teens

PP whistle-blower: 'Trans-identifying kids are cash cows'

N.D., Miss. mull limiting participation in girls sports

While new U.S. Educ. Sec'y advocates male takeover

February 15

UK: Doctor-priest calls out DNR orders for old, disabled

Amid COVID; slippery slope of no consent, ethical basis

Catholic nuns, priests join Myanmar anti-coup protests

Amid intensified police response, total internet shut down

Ahead of papal visit, Iraq closes churches due to COVID

For three weeks, until final day of Pope's March 5-8 visit

Vatican: Many Curia leaders are past retirement age

Turnover may coincide with forthcoming new constitution

Supreme Court allows for pastor in execution chamber

Alabama Dept. of Corrections had banned all clergy

Mass.: Priest-promoter of Divine Mercy dies at age 90

Michalenko smuggled Sr. Faustina’s diary out of Poland

February 12

N.Y. lawyers accuse bishops of financial ‘shell game’

Say dioceses keep billions out of reach of abuse victims

Missionary priest nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Madagascar: Opeka has served poor living on a landfill

Italian sister: Pandemic gives chance to reset education

Says school does not belong to state but to the family

Hong Kong religious leaders issue New Year message

Cdl. Tong, et al.: Give priority to benevolence & wisdom

BBC World News barred in mainland China

After UK regulator revoked Chinese state TV’s license

Poland: Famed grand Gothic altarpiece is restored

Pentaptych at Kraków basilica features over 200 figures

February 11

Communion flap turns into general worthiness issue

Beyond Biden, USCCB to address 'Eucharistic coherence'

Catholic charity confirms allegation against founder

Aid to the Church in Need was re-established in 2011

Germany: Is Cdl. Woelki being targeted by opponents?

So that 'synodal path' can proceed without resistance

USCCB urges temp. status & aid for Central Americans

Since recent hurricanes devastated their communities

Vatican cardinal Koch clashes with German theologian

On 'Eucharistic meal fellowship' with Catholics, Protestants

Biden quietly nixes rule on Chinese funding at colleges

'Confucius Institutes' push Beijing propaganda, influence

February 10

Vatican diplomat speaks on UN plan for poorest nations

Says COVID crisis has put another 32M in extreme poverty

Cardinal Turkson discusses Vatican & 'reset capitalism'

Admits that Davos & Pope have different starting points

Chicago archdiocese to court: Let parishes decide staff

Lawyer: Gov't can't go between church and its ministers

Detroit: Dispensation from Mass obligation is ending

Archbp. Vigneron calls back low-risk Catholics in March

Argentina bishop: Trans marriage was unauthorized

Attempted marriage was witnessed by priest in church

Beijing launches database on all religious personnel

States 'obligation' of 'resisting illegal religious activities'

February 9

Pope to diplomats: 'Right to life' is foundational right

Also speaks on pandemic, climate, economics, war

Dioceses dispute conclusions, methods of AP report

Which implied U.S. church used 2020 aid to hoard cash

Catholic school enrollment sees biggest drop since '73

Down 6.4%, or 110,000 kids; much of loss at pre-K level

After brief freedom, voice-chat app is blocked in China

Users had discussed Xinjiang camps, Taiwan, Hong Kong

Kansas bishop under investigation for alleged abuse

Brungardt steps aside while Abp. Naumann leads probe

Chinese gov't pushes 'multiple origins' story of virus

As experts question validity of WHO mission to Wuhan