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  • Vatican Museums patron chapter making comeback

    BRAINTREE -- By hosting regular events in art museums throughout Greater Boston and sponsoring the restoration of valuable artwork, the New England Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums is slowly making a comeback.

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16 receive Theological Institute degrees


BRIGHTON -- Sixteen members of the class of 2016 earned Master degrees from the Theological Institute for The New Evangelization May 17 during a commencement ceremony at St. John's Seminary in Brighton with rector Msgr. James P. Moroney.

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From Cardinal Seán's blog


Last Thursday (5/5) was Cinco de Mayo, which in many places is an important day of festival because it marks the Mexican celebration of a victory in a battle against the French in the 1800s. But this year Cinco de Mayo was also the Feast of the Ascension, and I celebrated Mass for the Hispanic community at the Cathedral the Holy Cross.

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Vatican Museums patron chapter making comeback


BRAINTREE -- By hosting regular events in art museums throughout Greater Boston and sponsoring the restoration of valuable artwork, the New England Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums is slowly making a comeback.

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Merrimack Valley Catholic radio goes on air


METHUEN -- Spanish-language Catholic radio station WGUA 98.1 FM kicked off its inaugural broadcast from its Methuen studio, May 14, with visits from city officials, public tours of the studio, and a blessing and ribbon cutting ceremony by Father Paul B. O'Brien.

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Memory of Bishop D'Arcy honored at St. John's


BRIGHTON -- A new plaque in St. John's Seminary's Our Lady of Presentation Lecture Hall and Library hangs before the Bishop John M. D'Arcy Conference Room, announcing the name of the room and featuring an image of the late Bishop D'Arcy.

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Mass. Court considers church tax exemption case


Attleboro -- The tax-exempt status of church properties has been challenged by one Massachusetts municipality, and soon the matter will be settled statewide. In 2013, the city of Attleboro sent a $92,292.98 tax bill to Our Lady of LaSalette Shrine, which had never been taxed in its 60-year history. The Appellate Tax Board upheld the decision, and the shrine's appeal is currently being considered by the Supreme Judicial Court.

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This week's edition » National News

U.S. Supreme Court sends Zubik case back to lower courts


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. Supreme Court May 16 sent the Zubik v. Burwell case, which challenges the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive requirement for employers, back to the lower courts. The justices' unanimous decision, explained in a nine-page unsigned opinion, was based on the information that both sides submitted a week after oral arguments were heard in the case about how and if contraceptive insurance coverage could be obtained by employees through their insurance companies without directly involving religious employers who object to this coverage.

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Study of women deacons won't be first, but might answer questions


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- When Pope Francis accepted a proposal at the Vatican May 12 to form a commission to study the possibility of women serving as deacons today, it generated plenty of buzz. The pope's agreement on the idea -- raised by members of the International Union of Superiors General, the leadership group for superiors of women's orders -- was interpreted by some as a thumbs-up to women deacons and eventually women priests, which the Vatican spokesman was quick to rebut the next day.

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This week's edition » International News

Archbishop Martin says pope to visit Ireland for 2018 meeting of families


DUBLIN (CNS) -- Archbishop Diarmuid Martin confirmed that Pope Francis, or his successor, will visit Ireland in 2018 for the World Meeting of Families. Archbishop Martin confirmed that when he discussed the issue of visiting Ireland with the pontiff, Pope Francis said: "'I will come', and he said, 'if I don't come, my successor will come.'"

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Those who exploit for cheap labor are bloodsucking leeches, pope says


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Human traffickers and unjust business owners who become wealthy by exploiting others for cheap labor commit a mortal sin, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass. "Those who do this are true leeches and live off the bloodletting of people whom they have made to work as slaves," the pope said May 19 during the Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

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Pope tells women religious Vatican will study women deacons


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis told the heads of women's religious orders from around the world that he would set up a commission to study the New Testament deaconesses and he also insisted more can and should be done to involve lay and consecrated women in church decision-making at every level.

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Cardinals, papal almoner will not testify at Vatican trial


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican court denied a request by a defendant in the so-called "VatiLeaks" trial to have three Vatican officials to testify. The court ruled May 14 that the three witnesses -- Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state; Cardinal Santos Abril Castello, archpriest of Rome's Basilica of St. Mary Major; and Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, papal almoner -- would not be testifying on behalf of Francesca Chaouqui.

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