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Takeaways from AP's investigation of the Catholic Church and US aid

Takeaways from AP's investigation of the Catholic Church and US aid

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When the coronavirus pandemic sent the U.S. economy into freefall last year, the federal government hastily knit a safety net for small businesses called the Paycheck Protection Program. The idea was to keep Main Street alive — and workers paid — even as the public health emergency shuttered shops and offices.

So far, Congress has committed nearly $1 trillion in relief. An Associated Press investigation found that the Roman Catholic Church, one of the world's largest institutions, was perhaps the biggest beneficiary.

Some key takeaways from AP's investigation:

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