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  • Diocesan phase of Fatima visionary's sainthood cause completed

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Diocese of Coimbra concluded its phase of the sainthood cause of Carmelite Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the three children who saw Our Lady of Fatima in 1917. Bishop Virgilio Antunes of Coimbra formally closed the local phase of investigation into her life and holiness Feb. 13 in the Carmelite convent of St. Teresa in Coimbra, where she resided until her death in 2005 at the age of 97.

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This week's edition » Local News

CRS parish ambassadors welcome new members


Catholic Relief Services Parish Ambassadors in the Archdiocese of Boston met at Boston College on Feb. 11 to welcome new members and to train and plan for 2017. A volunteer role, CRS ambassadors work within their parishes, schools, or communities to promote global solidarity with those in poverty through educating their communities about the work of CRS and how it relates to Catholic Social Teaching.

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Young Lynnfield parishioners help 'A Bed for Every Child'


Lynnfield -- At St. Maria Goretti Church's 10 a.m. Mass on Feb. 12, the congregation presented a check for $5,785.81 to Sister Linda Bessom of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless. Throughout the liturgical season of Advent, the two parishes that comprise the Lynnfield Catholic Collaborative -- St. Maria Goretti and Our Lady of the Assumption -- introduced a children's offertory, to give their youngest parishioners the opportunity to feel the joy of stewardship and giving. These donations were earmarked for "A Bed for Every Child," an initiative of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless that provides beds for needy children. To date, the program has distributed more than 4,000 beds to children in need in Massachusetts.

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Brother Raymond Hoyt to be honored at Xaverian Brothers gala


At the Xaverian Brothers High School annual Gala to be held March 18, assistant principal Brother Raymond Hoyt, CFX will receive the Xaverian Medal, the highest honor the school can bestow. Brother Raymond is a 1970 graduate of Xaverian and a veteran teacher and administrator.

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This week's edition » National News

Help a neighbor, visit grandparents as part of Lent, pastor suggests


SIOUX CITY, Iowa (CNS) -- Holy Cross-Blessed Sacrament sixth-graders started Lent on Valentine's Day -- sort of. Father Daniel Rupp, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church in Sioux City, took time Feb. 14 to talk to the students about the importance of Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Lenten season. This year it is March 1.

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Border bishops call for dignity regardless of 'migration condition'


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In a joint statement, Catholic bishops whose dioceses are along the U.S.-Mexico border spoke of the "pain, the fear, and the anguish" they're seeing in immigrants and vowed to follow the example of the pope in building "bridges, rather than the walls of exclusion and exploitation."

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USCCB leaders urge Trump to protect religious liberty


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Catholic Church leaders in a Feb. 16 statement said they were encouraged that President Donald Trump may be considering an executive order to protect religious freedom and said they would be grateful if he would move forward with the pledge that his administration would "do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty."

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Americans grow warmer toward religious groups, Pew study finds


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Americans are feeling more positive toward various religious groups than they did less than three years ago. While Americans still feel less positive about Muslims and atheists when compared with people of other religions, those participating in a Pew Research Center survey in January viewed people in those two religious groups more positively than in June 2014.

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This week's edition » International News

Diocesan phase of Fatima visionary's sainthood cause completed


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Diocese of Coimbra concluded its phase of the sainthood cause of Carmelite Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the three children who saw Our Lady of Fatima in 1917. Bishop Virgilio Antunes of Coimbra formally closed the local phase of investigation into her life and holiness Feb. 13 in the Carmelite convent of St. Teresa in Coimbra, where she resided until her death in 2005 at the age of 97.

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Pope praises abuse survivor for breaking silence


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The sexual abuse of children by those who have vowed to serve Christ and the church is a horrendous monstrosity that represents "a diabolical sacrifice" of innocent, defenseless lives, Pope Francis said.

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Health care is not a business, but a service to life, pope says


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A nation's health care system cannot be run simply as a business because human lives are at stake, Pope Francis said. "If there is a sector in which the 'throwaway culture' demonstrates its most painful consequences, it is the health care sector," the pope told patients, medical professionals, pastors and volunteers attending a meeting sponsored by the Italian bishops' national office for health care ministry.

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Lack of prayer turns God's word into philosophical idea, pope says


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Without spiritual courage and a love for Jesus, the word of God will be proclaimed as just "a good, philosophical or moral idea," Pope Francis said. A preacher "may say something interesting -- something moral, something that will make you feel good, a philanthropic good -- but there is no word of God," the pope said during Mass in the chapel of Domus Sanctae Marthae.

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