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A statue of Mary is seen partially submerged in flood water in Sorrento, Louisiana, August 20 (CNS)

Bishop Robert Muench has met ‘countless’ victims at three evacuation shelters amid Louisiana’s historic floods

Bishop John H Ricard Below: Demonstrators hold signs in Oakland (CNS)

Bishop John H Ricard said that the divide between blacks and whites must be addressed

Under canon law, the seal of confession is sacred under the penalty of excommunication (CNS)

Legal step is the latest in a case involving Father Jeffrey Bayhi

An alligator swims in  everglades waters in Florida (PA) Below: The Catholic Herald cartoon (Christian Adams)

Archbishop Gregory Aymond said that alligators should be “considered seafood”

Cardinal Timothy Dolan  (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 08/02/13

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