Protesters in Minneapolis gather at the scene May 27, 2020, where George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was pinned down by a police officer kneeling on his neck before later dying in hospital May 25. (CNS photo/Eric Miller, Reuters)

Racism Is a Sin with Deep Roots

We as Christians often claim to be outraged by racism. But are we willing to challenge the system that promotes ingrained racism?

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The Army National Guard stands on the street in Louisville, Ky., during a protest May 31, 2020, against the deaths of Breonna Taylor by Louisville police and George Floyd by Minneapolis police. (CNS photo/Bryan Woolston, Reuters)

Catholics in Twin Cities grappling with Floyd’s death, related rioting 

For three hours on the morning of May 30, Father Joe Gillespie walked Lake Street in Minneapolis, surveying the destruction in his neighborhood.

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Terrence Floyd, the brother of George Floyd, reacts at a makeshift memorial at the spot where he was taken into custody in Minneapolis June 1, 2020. Demonstrations continue after a white police officer was caught on a bystander's video May 25 pressing his knee into the neck of George Floyd, an African American, who later died at a hospital. (CNS photo/Lucas Jackson, Reuters)


Bishops around US express sorrow over Floyd killing, racism 

Even as the United States still finds itself grappling with the coronavirus pandemic, outrage, grief and anger over the latest killing of an unarmed black man outweighed caution as hundreds of thousands turned out nationwide to protest.

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A protestor in Detroit holds a photo of George Floyd May 29, 2020. Demonstrations continue after a white police officer in Minnesota was caught on a bystander's video May 25 pressing his knee into the neck of Floyd, an African American, who was later pronounced dead at a hospital. (CNS photo/Sylvia Jarrus, Reuters)


All Catholics must speak out against racism, say leaders

Father Norm Thomas, longtime pastor of one of Detroit's preeminent black parishes, Sacred Heart, said the protests are a cry for wholesale changes and upheaval to a society still battling the sins of racism.

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Bishop Mark J. Seitz of the Diocese of El Paso, Texas, kneels at El Paso's Memorial Park holding a

After ‘taking a knee,’ border bishop gets a call from the pope

It’s called “taking a knee.” Until June 1, no Catholic bishop had publicly participated in the gesture. But that day, Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Texas, became the first.

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Women embrace during a protest outside Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis May 29, 2020, following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed African American man whose neck was pinned to the ground by police for more than eight minutes before he was taken to the hospital. (CNS photo/Eric Miller, Reuters)


Road to victory is always path of nonviolence, says head of Sant’Egidio

When it comes to addressing the problems of racial injustice and hatred, the path of nonviolence is always the road to victory, said the head of the Community of Sant’Egidio.

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A demonstrator holds a


Online forum examines racism being as much a pro-life issue as abortion

Father Bryan Massingale would like to see more priests joining the current peaceful demonstrations for racial justice to the same extent that they have readily been part of the annual March for Life in Washington.

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