'We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism': Pope prays for George Floyd, criticizes violence (Vatican News) “I have witnessed with great concern the disturbing social unrest in your nation in these past days, following the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd,” Pope Francis said on June 3. “We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life. At the same time, we have to recognize that the violence of recent nights is self-destructive and self-defeating. Nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost.”
Church suffering violence in Ethiopia, Eritrea (Crux) “Over the past two years, over 30 churches have been attacked in Ethiopia —half burned to the ground —leaving over 100 people dead,” the report notes. “In Eritrea, where Catholics make up just about 4% of the population, Church-run schools and hospitals have been forcefully shut down by the government.”
'Systemic racism must end,' US Franciscan provincials say (Order of Friars Minor) “Even though, following in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi, we decry violence and desire peace, we stand in solidarity with our outraged African American brothers and sisters who demand an end to the deadly violence of racism,” the six US Franciscan provincials said in a joint statement. “We cannot be indifferent when their God-given dignity is violated.”
Bishops express sorrow over Floyd killing, racism (CNS) This article summarizes comments made by Archbishop Samuel Aquila (Denver), Cardinal Blase Cupich (Chicago), Bishop Michael Burbidge (Arlington), Cardinal Joseph Tobin (Newark), Archbishop Wilton Gregory (Washington), and Bishop Mark Seitz (El Paso).
USCCB issues action alert on further CO19 relief actions (USCCB) The alert calls on the Senate “to automatically extend work authorization and visa renewal deadlines for refugees and immigrants … provide no-cost COVID-19 testing and treatment for all, regardless of immigration status … [and] ensure that many hardworking struggling immigrant and refugee populations are eligible for stimulus payments.”
US Supreme Court, 5-4, refuses to halt California's limits on worship services (Religion Clause) “Although California’s guidelines place restrictions on places of worship, those restrictions appear consistent with the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in his majority opinion. “The [South Bay United Pentecostal] Church and its congregants simply want to be treated equally to comparable secular businesses,” Justice Brett Kavanaugh said in his dissent.