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  • US bishops launch 2017 Fortnight for Freedom

    Washington D.C., Jun 21, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- The U.S. bishops have launched a website and video to mark the beginning of this year’s Fortnight for Freedom, focusing on religious freedom issues both at home and abroad.

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  • Melkite Catholic Church elects new patriarch, a native of Syria

    BEIRUT (CNS) -- Bishop Joseph Absi was elected the new Melkite patriarch of Antioch, Alexandria, Jerusalem and All the East during the Melkite Catholic Synod at Ain-Traz, Lebanon. Melkite leaders elected Bishop Absi June 21, one day after his 71st birthday. A native of Damascus, Syria, he has served as patriarchal vicar in the Archdiocese of Damascus since 2007.

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  • Holiness means being open to God, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Being a saint doesn't require spending long hours in prayer, but rather living life open to God in good times and in bad, Pope Francis said. Christians should live with the "hope of becoming saints" and with the desire that "work, even in sickness and suffering, even in difficulties, is open to God," the pope said June 21 during his weekly general audience.

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  • Full text of dubia cardinals' letter asking Pope for an audience

    Vatican City, Jun 20, 2017 National Catholic Register.- Here below is the full text of the letter, signed by Cardinal Carlo Caffarra on behalf of the four dubia cardinals, asking Pope Francis for an audience to discuss deep concerns over the Pope’s apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love).

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  • Newark archdiocese defends welcoming of LGBT pilgrimage

    Newark, N.J., Jun 20, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Last month Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark welcomed a pilgrimage of self-identified LGBT pilgrims, with an archdiocesan spokesman saying it should be seen in the context of welcoming everyone, not as archdiocese sponsorship of the event.

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  • Experienced diplomat, Indian Cardinal Dias dies at 81

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A longtime diplomat and fluent in 17 languages, Indian Cardinal Ivan Dias died June 19 in Rome after a long illness. He was 81. Pope Francis called the cardinal a "wise and gentle pastor" who served the church and Vatican faithfully.

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  • Catholic church leaders call for dialogue between the U.S. and Cuba

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The retired Catholic archbishop of Havana called for dialogue between the United States and Cuba, and said it's the only way in which past and present problems can be solved. In a June 19 letter published in Palabra Nueva, the magazine for the Archdiocese of Havana, Cardinal Jaime Ortega, who played a major role in the rapprochement between Cuba and the U.S., said "resorting to old models" and applying them presently to Cuba can "overshadow or delay" the resolution of conflicts between the two countries.

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  • UK party leader steps down, citing Christian faith

    London, England, Jun 17, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- After facing backlash for his Christian faith, the head of the UK’s Liberal Democratic Party announced his resignation on Wednesday, claiming that leading the party was becoming incompatible with living his faith.

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  • Chaldeans protest ICE detentions outside federal building in Detroit

    DETROIT (CNS) -- The organizer of a June 16 protest in Detroit against federal agents' rounding up more than 100 Iraqi-American immigrants told local media that those who were detained had no prior warning that Immigration and Customs Enforcement would be arresting them the morning of June 11.

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  • Pope will visit Chile, Peru in January, Vatican announces

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis will travel to Colombia in September and, the Vatican announced, he will return to South America in January for a visit to Chile and Peru. The pope will be in Chile Jan. 15-18, visiting the cities of Santiago, Temuco and Iquique, the Vatican press office announced June 19. He then will fly to Peru and from Jan. 18-21, he will visit Lima, Puerto Maldonado and Trujillo.

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  • Seven ordained transitional deacons

    ROXBURY -- In a last major step toward the priesthood, seven men were ordained transitional deacons in the presence of family, friends, fellow seminarians, clergy, and religious during a June 10 Mass at Holy Name Parish in Roxbury.

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  • Finucane honored by Planning Office for Urban Affairs

    BOSTON -- The Archdiocese of Boston's Planning Office for Urban Affairs honored Anne Finucane, vice chairman of Bank of America, during the organization's Spring Celebration, June 8 at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center in Boston.

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  • Father Walter Waldron retires as pastor

    He traveled far from home in Milton to complete his seminary studies; and save for two years, he served only a few miles from Milton in the city of Boston for five decades. Father Walter J. Waldron who was born in Boston on Feb. 16, 1940 became a senior priest of the archdiocese on June 13, 2017. In between those dates is the story.

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  • The Little Sisters of the Poor receive Cummings Foundation Grant

    SOMERVILLE -- The Little Sisters of the Poor in Somerville were chosen among over 500 applicants to be a recipients of this year's Cummings Foundation 100K for 100 program. The sisters are thrilled about this generous gift, as it will help them in continuing their mission of serving the Elderly Poor of the Greater Boston area.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    This past weekend was, of course, Pentecost (6/3) and as has been my tradition, I celebrated confirmations for the young people of the Brazilian community in the archdiocese. Ordinarily, we would hold all the confirmations at the same time at the cathedral. However, this year, because the upper church of the cathedral is closed, we are holding them in stages at different locations. This first group was held at the Madonna Queen Shrine in East Boston and next weekend we'll be celebrating confirmations at St. Tarcisius in Framingham.

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  • Catholic leaders urge extreme caution for new Netflix series

    Denver, Colo. (CNA) -- It's only been out for a few weeks, but that's enough time for "13 Reasons Why" to have become the latest teenage Netflix binge craze. Based on the 2007 young adult novel by the same name, "13 Reasons Why" follows the story of Hannah Baker, a troubled 17 year old who took her own life.

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