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Simulation puts participants 'In a Refugee's Shoes'

BOSTON -- Many people looked confused, and some a little frustrated, as they wandered from station to station during Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston's "In a Refugee's Shoes" interactive simulation. But, organizers said, that was exactly what was supposed to happen.

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From Cardinal Seán's blog

Like the rest of the American public, I was shocked by the terrible shooting that took place earlier this week in Arlington, Virginia, where a group of Republican Congressmen were practicing for a charity baseball game against a team of their Democratic colleagues -- just the type of social interaction we need to see more of in our Congress, which has become so polarized and paralyzed by partisan differences.

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Catholic Charities hosts panel on refugee experience

BOSTON -- Experts on immigration and refugees spoke on whether welcoming refugees is still an American value during a panel discussion held at Boston College High School, June 17, and hosted by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston.

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Seaport Shrine hosts prayer service for Sail Boston 2017

SOUTH BOSTON -- Next to the tall ships in the harbor for Sail Boston 2017 and amidst the hustle and bustle of the crowds of people who had come to see them, a morning ecumenical prayer service for sailors was held at Our Lady of Good Voyage Shrine, June 18.

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Needham students 'Buzz Off' for cancer

NEEDHAM -- Students at St. Joseph Elementary School in Needham are giving back in support of cancer patients. For the 5th year, a record number of more than 30 St. Joseph School girls, and a Monsignor Haddad Middle School student, donated their hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths to help girls and women with cancer receive wigs, June 8.

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2017 Catholic high school graduations

As the school year comes to an end, The Pilot congratulates all the members of the class of 2017 who graduated from Catholic high schools within the Archdiocese of Boston. This year's roundup of commencement exercises is presented alphabetically by school.

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Father Francis J. Daly named pastor at Sharon parish

A Hub native where he was born on Nov. 23, 1942, Father Francis J. Daly grew up in a strong Irish Catholic family in Boston's Allston section. He attended the parish school; Boston Latin School and entered the archdiocesan seminaries, first at Cardinal O'Connell in Jamaica Plain and then at St. John in Brighton. He was sent to Rome as a student at the Pontifical North American College and studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in the Eternal City.

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This week's edition » National News

Retired Archbishop Quinn of San Francisco dies at 88

SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) -- Retired Archbishop John R. Quinn of San Francisco, who led the Northern California archdiocese for 18 years, died June 22 after a long illness. He was 88. The archbishop had moved to the Jewish Home of San Francisco from St. Mary's Medical Center June 16, but he "experienced difficulties with his breathing early this morning," San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone said in an announcement. "He was transported to the nearest hospital but could not be revived."

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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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This week's edition » International News

Former publisher of National Catholic Reporter wins Bishop England Award

QUEBEC CITY (CNS) -- Thomas C. Fox, former publisher of National Catholic Reporter who started his journalism career as a correspondent while working with displaced Vietnamese in the 1960s, was given the Catholic Press Association's Bishop John England Award for publishers who defend their publication's First Amendment rights.

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Communicators must recognize value, importance of words, author says

QUEBEC CITY (CNS) -- During the June 21-23 Catholic Media Conference in Quebec City, participants who received tips throughout the four days on writing, marketing, taking photos and engaging in social media were also urged to go back to the basics and understand something simple: the importance of words.

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No church for old men: Cardinals called to be grandfathers, pope says

VATICAN LETTER (CNS) -- The Catholic Church is not a "gerontocracy" ruled by old men, 80-year-old Pope Francis said; "we aren't old men, we are grandfathers." "We are grandfathers called to dream and to give our dreams to the young people of today. They need it so that from our dreams, they can draw the strength to prophesy and carry out their task," the pope told about 50 members of the College of Cardinals.

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Pope: End fear, false beliefs about refugees by getting to know them

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Getting to know someone who is a refugee can wipe away fears and dismantle distorted ideologies, Pope Francis said. Highlighting World Refugee Day, which is marked June 20, the pope asked that "concrete attention go to the women, men and children fleeing from conflict, violence and persecution."

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