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  • Knights of Columbus leader talks Pope Francis, Trump in new interview

    Bridgeport, Conn., May 23, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- The leader of the nearly 2 million-member Knights of Columbus recently spoke about the importance of his group's fidelity to Pope Francis, as well as his hopes for a successful upcoming meeting between the Roman Pontiff and U.S. president Donald Trump.

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  • Pope Francis' newest cardinals show a global Church

    Vatican City, May 22, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Only seven months after Pope Francis’ last consistory, he will create five new cardinals in June. He continues a pattern of finding cardinals at the peripheries of the world, from dioceses which have not traditionally had a cardinal.

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  • U.S. extends Temporary Protected Status for Haitians for six months

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Tens of thousands of Haitians enrolled under the Temporary Protected Status program can stay in the United States until at least January. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly renewed the designation May 22. The decision affects more than 58,000 Haitians in the U.S.

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  • Be prophets of joy, not misfortune, pope tells nuns

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Consecrated women are called to be prophets of hope and joy in the world and avoid putting on a superficial joy that withers the soul, Pope Francis said. In order to live out the joy of the Gospel, "it must be a true joy, not a counterfeit joy" that brings about "the cancer of resignation," the pope told a group from the Sister Disciples of the Divine Master.

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  • Irish president gives Pope Francis symbolic 'climate bell'

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Irish President Michael D. Higgins presented Pope Francis with a unique gift that symbolizes the call to protect creation. Following a private 15-minute meeting May 22 at the Apostolic Palace, Higgins presented the pope with a gold and white "climate bell."

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  • Pope announces new cardinals from Mali, Spain, Sweden, Laos, Salvador

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis announced he will create five new cardinals June 28; the new cardinals-designate come from Mali, Spain, Sweden, Laos and El Salvador. Unusually, the group of prelates announced by the pope May 21 includes an auxiliary bishop whose archbishop is not a cardinal; he is Cardinal-designate Gregorio Rosa Chavez, 74, the current auxiliary bishop of San Salvador.

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  • Search for common ground will be key to pope's meeting with Trump

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Despite a few pointed comments in the past and fundamental differences on issues such as immigration, economic policy, military spending and climate change, sparks are not expected to fly May 24 when Pope Francis welcomes U.S. President Donald Trump to the Vatican.

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  • Vatican takes key step forward for Father Flanagan's sainthood cause

    OMAHA, Neb. (CNS) -- The Vatican has taken a key step forward in the sainthood cause of Father Edward J. Flanagan, the founder of Boys Town, local officials said May 15. The Congregation for Saints' Causes found that the Archdiocese of Omaha's three-year investigation into Father Flanagan's life was thorough and without error, and includes evidence of a reputation for sanctity, said Steven Wolf, president of the Father Flanagan League Society of Devotion, which has helped lead the sainthood effort.

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  • Pope goes door to door, blessing the homes of the poor

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Like parish priests throughout Italy do during the Easter season, Pope Francis spent an afternoon May 19 going door to door and blessing homes. Continuing the "Mercy Friday" visits he began during the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis chose a public housing complex in Ostia, a Rome suburb on the Mediterranean Sea.

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  • State Department implements Trump's reinstated 'Mexico City Policy'

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Reinstatement of the "Mexico City Policy," as provided for in President Donald Trump's Jan. 23 executive memorandum, took effect May 15. "(It) ensures that U.S. taxpayers will no longer subsidize foreign nongovernmental organizations that perform or promote abortion on demand," said the co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus.

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  • CatholicTV's Matt Weber receives second New England Emmy nomination

    WATERTOWN -- The CatholicTV Network announced May 10 that Matt Weber, host of "The Lens," has been nominated for a Boston/New England Emmy in the 40th Annual Boston/New England Emmy Awards. Weber's nomination in the On-Camera Talent Commentator/Editorialist category is his second Emmy nomination. This year's nomination recognizes his moving monologue about his personal experience with unexplained infertility.

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  • Avon church damaged in vandalism spree

    AVON -- It was early Friday morning, May 12, when Father Thomas Boudreau, pastor of St. Michael Parish in Avon, was woken up "by a large hunk of tar coming through my dining room window." He said he was "jolted" out of bed and went downstairs to investigate the damage and call the police. It was then, as he opened his back door, that he realized the person responsible for the damage was standing on his back porch.

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  • Youville Place celebrates 20th anniversary

    LEXINGTON -- Youville Place Assisted Living Residence marked its 20th anniversary May 5 with an evening of hors d'oeuvres, music, and a look back at its history and heritage. The evening celebration, as well as a special Mass held the following morning, was animated by a spirit of gratitude for the Sisters of Charity of Montreal, a religious order known as "The Grey Nuns," who established the assisted living residence and continue to influence Youville's mission and core values.

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  • Statue's Boston area visit marks Fatima centennial

    WALTHAM -- It was 100 years ago that Our Lady of Fatima first appeared to three young shepherd children in Portugal and spoke to them messages of love and of hope. Yet, today, even 100 years later, said Bishop Robert Reed, that message still lives on.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Friday (5/5) I went to St. Paul School in Hingham to celebrate a Mass to mark the school's 65th anniversary. We were very happy to be joined by a number of the Sisters of Charity to Halifax who are the founders of the school. Afterwards, I made a visit to the school and stopped in at the school's Grandparent's Day celebrations.

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  • Prudence, pastoral concern guided Medjugorje commission, member says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- If the Catholic Church recognizes as "worthy of belief" only the initial alleged apparitions of Mary at Medjugorje, it would be the first time the church distinguished between phases of a single event, but it also would acknowledge that human beings and a host of complicating factors are involved, said a theological expert in Mariology.

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  • Archdiocese speaks ahead of Netflix series on murdered nun

    Baltimore, Md., May 17, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- No one knows who killed Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik. A young nun who was on a year’s leave of absence, Sister Cathy, as friends called her, was murdered sometime while running an errand on the evening of November 7, 1969. She was 26 years-old.  

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  • Papal celebration of Corpus Christi moves to Sunday

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis will celebrate the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ and the Corpus Christi procession on a Sunday -- June 18 -- and not on the traditional Thursday feast day, which is June 15 this year.

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