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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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  • Bishops: Loss of affordable health care under GOP plan 'simply unacceptable'

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, in its analysis of the Senate health care bill, said late June 26 the measure would leave 22 million more people without insurance. "This moment cannot pass without comment," said Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

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  • Supreme Court will hear travel ban, allow some limits on immigration

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Supreme Court of the United States said that this fall it will hear a case involving President Donald Trump's travel ban, which seeks to delay entry into the country by immigrants from six majority-Muslim countries and one that suspends, for a time, the entry of all refugees.

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  • Lithuanian archbishop, murdered by Soviet police, beatified in Vilnius

    VILNIUS, Lithuania (CNS) -- A Catholic archbishop who was murdered by Soviet police to prevent him attending the Second Vatican Council became the first communist-era martyr beatified in Lithuania. "Long, hard years of prison, labor camp and house arrest may have gradually impoverished this strong, courageous witness of the Gospel, but persecution and torture never broke his will," Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Saints' Causes, said at the June 25 beatification mass for Archbishop Teofil Matulionis. Beatification is a step toward sainthood.

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  • Vatican calls on China to let bishop exercise his ministry

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican expressed "grave concern" over the situation of a bishop in mainland China who has been in government custody for almost 10 months and moved repeatedly in an apparent attempt to prevent him from assuming leadership of his diocese.

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  • Chinese bishop forcibly removed from diocese still missing

    Vatican City, Jun 26, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- On Monday the Vatican issued a statement on the situation of the Chinese Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou, who has not been returned since being forcibly removed from his diocese by the Chinese state May 18.

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  • To understand Pope Francis, you have to understand the Jesuits

    Rome, Italy, Jun 25, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Discernment is one of the words Pope Francis repeats most, especially when speaking to priests and seminarians. He often expresses his desire for greater formation in discernment – a concept that may seem obscure without an understanding its importance to the Pope's Jesuit formation.

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  • Don't fear ridicule, persecution from sharing the Gospel, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Bringing the Gospel to the world isn't a walk in the park; it will lead to ridicule and contempt, even persecution, Pope Francis said. But Christians must never be afraid and must keep on going since "Jesus never leaves us on our own because we are precious to him," the pope said before praying the Angelus June 25 with people gathered in St. Peter's Square.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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