The order, signed after the president’s visit to the shrine of Pope St. John Paul II, calls religious freedom “a moral and national security imperative” and declares it “a foreign policy priority of the United States.”
“We need hope now more than ever before”
The presidential candidates both made time for the visits, in the context of continuing nationwide protests condemning police brutality against African-Americans.
The Daughters of St. Paul run the Pauline bookstore in downtown Chicago near Millennium Park.
Telehealth has grown dramatically since the onset of the pandemic, including in Oakland, California.
Due to the coronavirus crisis, organizers are encouraging participants in this year’s rally to livestream their prayers or, if that is not possible, to pray in small numbers in churches, respecting measures to restrict the spread of the disease.
Bishop Zinkula said his proposal would help protect the vulnerable and honor family unity without compromising public safety.
The president referred to himself as “your president of law and order,” and “an ally of all peaceful protestors.”
Floyd’s killing by a Minneapolis police officer on May 25 sparked a week of ongoing protests in cities across the country, some of which descended into violence.
While tensions with the Chinese mainland have existed since the handover, in recent years pro-democracy advocates have voiced increasing concerns that the city’s autonomy is in jeopardy.