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  • Cardinal celebrates St. Patrick's Day at cathedral

    SOUTH END -- Standing near the altar, a statue of St. Patrick gazed down upon hundreds of potted shamrocks, emerald green, and the many parishioners who had come to celebrate the feast day of the archdiocese's patron saint, March 17, during a noon Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

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  • Archdiocesan high school champions

    As the winter sports season comes to an end, The Pilot sends congratulations to the following schools for winning division and state titles. Basketball Archbishop Williams girls basketball won the Division 3/South Title and the Division 3 state title on March 18 and end the season at 22-4.

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  • Catholic Charities conducts immigrant rights presentations

    BRAINTREE -- In an effort to educate immigrants on their legal rights, especially in light of the Trump administration's new directives concerning undocumented immigrants, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston has been offering "Know Your Rights" presentations in locations across the archdiocese.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    ...I traveled to Washington to attend the board meeting of The Catholic University of America. That evening I gave a talk to a Catholic University vocation discernment group followed by a question and answer period.

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  • In talk with top diplomat, bishop stresses church concern for common good

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace met with the country's top diplomat, Rex Tillerson, March 23, for a policy-packed 35-minute conversation about immigration, the Middle East, Africa and the role of the Catholic Church's efforts toward building "the common good."

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  • 'Lots of tears' at chapel services, says priest serving Parliament

    MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- The Catholic duty priest to the British Parliament said people were weeping at prayer services the day after the Westminster terror attack. The priest, Father Pat Browne, said he arrived at Parliament about two minutes after the March 22 attack and was sent home by police.

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  • Cardinal O'Malley chairs child protection seminar in Rome

    ROME (CNS) -- There is absolutely no excuse for not implementing concrete measures to protect minors and vulnerable adults from sexual abuse, said Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston. "Let there be no doubt about it: Pope Francis is thoroughly committed to rooting out the scourge of sex abuse in the church," he said, and "effectively making our church safe for all people demands our collaboration on all levels."

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  • Pope Francis prays for victims of deadly London attack

    Vatican City, Mar 23, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- After four people died in an apparent terrorist attack in London yesterday, Pope Francis has voiced his sorry and solidarity for the victims and their families, entrusting them and the nation to God’s mercy.

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  • Dublin prepares for 2018 World Meeting of Families

    Dublin, Ireland, Mar 23, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Just a little more than a year away, the Archdiocese of Dublin released a video Wednesday inviting families from around the world to come together in Ireland for the World Meeting of Families in August 2018.

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  • What the bishop who resisted the Nazis can teach us today

    Münster, Germany, Mar 22, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- When Father Clemens August von Galen was consecrated Bishop of Münster in October 1933, he chose for his episcopal motto Nec laudibus, nec timore – neither by praises nor by fear, which summed up his ministry throughout Germany's Nazi period.

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  • Cardinal Keeler, retired archbishop of Baltimore, dies at 86

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Cardinal William H. Keeler, Baltimore's 14th archbishop, who was an international leader in Catholic-Jewish relations and the driving force behind the restoration of America's first cathedral, died March 23 at his residence at St. Martin's Home for the Aged in Catonsville. He was 86.

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  • Church leaders: Restoration on Jesus' tomb signals new cooperation

    JERUSALEM (CNS) -- Less than a year after restoration work began, the Edicule -- the traditional site of Jesus' burial and resurrection -- was inaugurated in an ecumenical ceremony led by representatives of the Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, and Armenian churches, including Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople.

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  • World needs those who can bring God's hope, consolation, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Christian hope is built on patiently enduring everything life brings and knowing how to see God's presence and love everywhere, Pope Francis said. God "never tires of loving us" as he "takes care of us, dressing our wounds with the caress of his goodness and his mercy, meaning, he consoles us and he never tires of consoling us," the pope said during his general audience in St. Peter's Square March 22.

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  • Don't treat confessional like a dry cleaners, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The confessional is a place where one can go to humbly seek forgiveness; it is not a dry cleaners where one goes to remove the occasional stain, Pope Francis said. While forgiveness is "God's great work of mercy," Christians can take for granted the power of the sacrament of reconciliation and confess while being "unable to be ashamed" of their sins, the pope said March 21 in his homily during morning Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae.

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  • Chaput: Enforcement of immigration laws 'must be humane, proportional'

    PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- Karol Diaz, a fifth-grader at Assumption B.V.M. School in West Grove, was among the youngest of those attending the Liturgy of the Word for justice for immigrants and refugees led by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput March 19 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia.

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  • Northern Ireland political leader Martin McGuinness dies at 66

    DUBLIN (CNS) -- Martin McGuinness, 66, who went from being a paramilitary leader to laying the foundations for peace in Northern Ireland, died March 21. McGuinness was diagnosed with a rare heart condition in December and died in a hospital in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, surrounded by his family.

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  • Church experience more than just a cut-and-run flash mob, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Young men and women can live a true experience of the church by joining together and reconnecting with the past, Pope Francis told Catholic young people. "The genuine experience of the church is not like a flash mob, where people agree to meet, do their thing and then go their separate ways," the pope said in his message for World Youth Day 2017.

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  • In new book, archbishop describes how he believes America lost its way

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- "We are passing through a revolution of sorts in America," says Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput. Following such upheavals in the nation's moral life as the "normalization of pornography, premarital sex, divorce (and) transgenderism," the 2015 Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage was "a symbolic overthrow of traditional Catholic sexual morality," he says.

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  • US bishops push for universal, pro-life health care

    Washington D.C., Mar 20, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- The bill drafted to replace the Affordable Care Act has good pro-life measures but still presents “grave challenges” that must be remedied, said one leading bishop in a recent statement.

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  • Senators ask Gorsuch about abortion, religious liberty

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The third day of confirmation hearings by the Senate Judiciary Committee for Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee, continued along similar lines of questioning and failed to spark high drama.

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  • Czech Cardinal Vlk, former window-washer, clandestine priest, dies

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Czech Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, who washed windows and ministered underground during communism, died of cancer March 18 in Prague at the age of 84. The retired archbishop of Prague was elected the first East European president of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences and dedicated his term to rebuilding the church and society after communism in the East and defending Christian values in the face of secularism and materialism in the West.

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  • Vatican releases pope's schedule for Fatima visit

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Celebrating the 100th anniversary of apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, Pope Francis will lead the evening recitation of rosary and celebrate Mass on the anniversary at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima when he visits Portugal May 12-13.

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  • Amid warm relations, pope to visit Egypt

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Accepting an invitation from Egypt's president and top religious leaders, Pope Francis will visit Cairo April 28-29. In response to an invitation from President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, the Catholic bishops in Egypt, Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II and Ahmad el-Tayeb, grand imam of al-Azhar University, "Pope Francis will make an apostolic trip to the Arab Republic of Egypt," the Vatican announced March 18.

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  • Pope Francis to visit Egypt in April

    Vatican City, Mar 18, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- In what will be his first international trip of the year, Pope Francis will be traveling to Egypt, to the city of Cairo, April 28 and 29, the Vatican announced Saturday.

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  • House bill's 'life protections' said laudable, other aspects 'troubling'

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The inclusion of "critical life protections" in the House health care bill is laudable, but other provisions, including those related to Medicaid and tax credits, are "troubling" and "must be addressed" before the measure is passed, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' domestic policy committee.

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