Suspect who punched woman at Mass identified (AP) Police say they have identified a suspect but charges have been deferred in the case of an assault on a woman who had just finished a reading during Mass at a Roman Catholic church in Philadelphia over the weekend. Police said Monday evening that they had identified a suspect “and based on this contact, we have deferred charges at this time…”

Read: Cardinal Dolan’s speech at Republican convention (America) On the opening evening of the Republican National Convention, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York began with a prayer. Here is the text…

Bishop asks for prayers as California wildfires spread (Vatican News) As the flames lick at many doors, the Catholic Bishop of San Jose, Bishop Oscar Cantú is inviting everyone to unite in prayer for the people of California. One fire, known as the SCU Lightning Complex, is menacing parts of Bishop Cantú’s diocese, and is the third-largest wildfire on record. It has burned 339,000 acres, and was only 10% contained as of Sunday. In a statement, Bishop Cantú praised firefighters and first responders for “braving high heat and unpredictable firestorms across difficult terrain, often at great personal sacrifice, to defend lives and property…”

Milwaukee archbishop prays for peace after Kenosha shooting (CNA) Milwaukee’s archbishop is praying for peace following a shooting by police of Jacob Blake, a Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday.   “It is with a heavy heart that I received the news about the shooting last night in Kenosha,” Archbishop Jerome Listecki of Milwaukee said late Monday morning. “While many of the details of this shooting are unknown to us, the general public, it is not difficult to imagine the pain, fear and anger felt by all who were present…”

Catholic sister to address Republican National Convention (CNA) Sr. Deirdre “Dede” Byrne, POSC, was announced as a speaker by the Trump campaign on Sunday, and she has one of the most unique resumes of any speaker to address the convention. A retired colonel in the U.S. Army and a member of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Byrne has served overseas as a soldier and a missionary…

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