• Lebanese were reeling after a massive explosion at Beirut's port destroyed homes, businesses and livelihoods across the capital, and Catholic leaders immediately took action and called...

    Smoldering debris is seen in Beirut Aug. 5, 2020, following explosions the previous day.

    Smoldering debris is seen in Beirut Aug. 5, 2020, following explosions the previous day. Two massive explosions near the port of the Lebanese capital injured dozens of people and shattered windows in buildings blocks away. (CNS photo by Mohamed Azakir/Reuters)

  • Catholic churches, schools and other properties were spared serious damage by a mid-season tropical storm that raced up the East Coast, killing at least six people and leaving more than...

    A New York City worker climbs on a tree to look at the damage it has caused to a house and car during the clean-up after Tropical Storm Isaias in Queens, N.Y., Aug. 5, 2020.

    A New York City worker climbs on a tree to look at the damage it has caused to a house and car during the clean-up after Tropical Storm Isaias in Queens, N.Y., Aug. 5, 2020. (CNS photo by Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

  • VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- An author with a long and close relationship to retired Pope Benedict XVI told a German newspaper that the 93-year-old retired pope is "extremely frail."

    Retired Pope Benedict XVI smiles at Germany's Munich Airport before his departure to Rome June 22, 2020.

    Retired Pope Benedict XVI smiles at Germany's Munich Airport before his departure to Rome June 22, 2020. Pope Benedict, who is 93, traveled to Germany to see his ailing older brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, who is 96. (CNS photo by Sven Hoppe/pool via Reuters)

  • In this illustration photo, a disposable medical mask hangs on the side of a pew at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Minneapolis.

    In this illustration photo, a disposable medical mask hangs on the side of a pew at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Minneapolis. Masks have been used and social-distancing restrictions have been observed in faith communities throughout the U.S. to minimize the spread of the coronavirus. (CNS photo by Dave Hrbacek/The Catholic Spirit)

    Aug 07, 2020
  • <p>A man walks past rubble of damaged buildings Aug. 7, 2020, following blasts at Beirut&rsquo;s port area. Three days after a massive explosion ripped through Lebanon&#237;s capital city, the death toll has climbed to more than 150, while the total number of injured soared to at least 5,000, according to data released by Lebanon&rsquo;s health ministry. (CNS photo by Aziz Taher/Reuters)  </p>

    A man walks past rubble of damaged buildings Aug. 7, 2020, following blasts at Beirut’s port area. Three days after a massive explosion ripped through Lebanonís capital city, the death toll has climbed to more than 150, while the total number of injured soared to at least 5,000, according to data released by Lebanon’s health ministry. (CNS photo by Aziz Taher/Reuters)

    Aug 07, 2020
  • Broken glass lies beneath the altar of St. Maron Church in Dora, Lebanon, a suburb northeast of Beirut, Aug. 6, 2020, two days after two massive explosions rocked Beirut. (CNS photo by Yara Abi Nader, Reuters)

    Aug 07, 2020
  • People wearing protective masks release paper lanterns on the Motoyasu River facing the gutted Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, Japan, Aug 6, 2020, the 75th anniversary of the world's first use of an atomic bomb in war.

    People wearing protective masks release paper lanterns on the Motoyasu River facing the gutted Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, Japan, Aug 6, 2020, the 75th anniversary of the world's first use of an atomic bomb in war. (CNS photo by Kyodo via Reuters)

    Aug 06, 2020
  • Firefighters carry an injured man following explosions in Beirut Aug. 4, 2020.

    Firefighters carry an injured man following explosions in Beirut Aug. 4, 2020. (CNS photo by Mohamed Azakir, Reuters)

    Aug 05, 2020
  • People walk in St. Peter's Square as Pope Francis gives his weekly general audience livestreamed from the library of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican Aug. 5, 2020.

    People walk in St. Peter's Square as Pope Francis gives his weekly general audience livestreamed from the library of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican Aug. 5, 2020. (CNS photo by Remo Casilli, Reuters)

    Aug 05, 2020

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