AUSTIN, Texas — When the Rev. Francis Zlotkowski ministers to a COVID-19 patient, he brings an unusual prop: an 8-by-10 photo of himself.

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As COVID-19 cases surge in some states and hospitalizations continue to climb, some hospital policies are forcing Catholic clergy to adapt or suspend rituals for ailing patients.

It’s his attempt to provide a personal touch in a world that has become increasingly impersonal, he said.

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