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  • Boston Catholics pray for Iraqi Christians, ready to help

    BOSTON -- The Archdiocese of Boston rallied to offer prayers at a Mass of solidarity with the Iraqi Community of Boston at Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish in Newton Aug. 16, and earlier that day Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley sat down with a group of local Iraqi Christians to get their perspective on violence impacting their Christian friends and relatives in their homeland.

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This week's edition » Local News

From Cardinal Seán's blog


We are very pleased that Pilot reporter Christopher Pineo has received the Archbishop O'Meara Award from the Pontifical Mission Societies. The Pontifical Mission Societies (the most well-known of which is the Society for the Propagation of the Faith) gives the award each year to recognize excellent coverage related to the missions in the Catholic press. Chris won the award for his story about youngsters from Plymouth running a lemonade stand to raise money for the Missionary Childhood Association. Father Rodney Copp and Maureen Heil of our local Pontifical Mission Societies office were present for the official presentation of the award in my office Wednesday afternoon. The Pilot has always been a very important instrument for raising mission awareness so, it seemed very fitting that there should be a recognition of the good work that is being done there to help people grow in their knowledge and commitment to the Church's mission "ad gentes," to the peoples.

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Boston Catholics pray for Iraqi Christians, ready to help


BOSTON -- The Archdiocese of Boston rallied to offer prayers at a Mass of solidarity with the Iraqi Community of Boston at Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish in Newton Aug. 16, and earlier that day Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley sat down with a group of local Iraqi Christians to get their perspective on violence impacting their Christian friends and relatives in their homeland.

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Perpetual Adoration in Boston marks fifth anniversary at St. Clement's


BACK BAY -- Keeping a shrine open for perpetual adoration requires more than a monstrance and an open door, it requires dedicated people. With a Holy Hour and a Mass on the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary at St. Clement Shrine in Back Bay Aug. 15, the Oblates of the Virgin Mary who staff the shrine, celebrated five years of providing round-the-clock Eucharistic adoration to the local community.

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Father Richard DeVeer granted senior priest status


A priest of the archdiocese since his ordination on Feb. 10, 1965, Father Richard S. DeVeer was granted senior priest/retirement status on June 1, 2014. A Medford native who grew up in St. James Parish he studied in the archdiocesan seminaries at Cardinal O'Connell in Jamaica Plain and St. John, Brighton. Following his ordination at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross by Richard Cardinal Cushing he received the first of the many parish assignments he would have over the following years -- as assistant at St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish in Westford.

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This week's edition » National News

A Business Catechism


ROME, August 17, 2014 (Zenit.org) - How to reconcile ethical principles with the exigencies of running a business has long been a cause for debate. A new book looks at this from the perspective of the social teaching of the Catholic Church.

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This week's edition » International News

U.S. missionary visits North Korea as silent 'apostle of peace'


SEOUL, South Korea (CNS) -- Since the end of the Korean War in 1953, no Catholic priest has resided in the North of this divided peninsula, where autonomous religious activity is effectively forbidden. And no enemy of the communist regime there is more detested or fiercely denounced than the United States.

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Pope calls on Catholics to dialogue with China, other Asian societies


SEOUL, South Korea (CNS) -- Speaking at the execution site of anonymous Korean martyrs, Pope Francis told Catholic bishops and young laypeople from across Asia to evangelize their continent through dialogue and openness, even with others suspicious or intolerant of the church. But he also urged them to challenge aspects of their cultures incompatible with Christian values.

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800,000 watch as pope moves 124 Korean martyrs closer to sainthood


SEOUL, South Korea (CNS) -- Pope Francis placed 124 Korean martyrs on the last step toward sainthood in a beatification Mass Aug. 16 that brought elation to the 800,000 people in attendance. The sun was searing as Bishop Francis Ahn Myong-ok of Masan, president of the commission for the beatification, asked the pope to pronounce the martyrs blessed. After hearing a brief collective biography of 124 of the original founders of the Korean Catholic Church, Pope Francis pronounced the formula of beatification.

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Pope talks airstrikes in Iraq, his health, possible U.S. visit


ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM SEOUL, South Korea (CNS) -- Pope Francis said the use of force can be justified to stop "unjust aggressors" such as Islamic State militants in northeastern Iraq, but he declined to endorse U.S. military airstrikes against the militants and said such humanitarian interventions should not be decided on by any single country.

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Pope thanks people for prayers for his family after deadly crash


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis, in mourning for the deaths of his nephew's wife and two small children, thanked people at his weekly general audience Aug. 20 for their prayers. After each of the priests who translate the pope's words offered him condolences for the tragedy that struck his family, Pope Francis explained to the people: "The pope has a family, too. We were five siblings, and I have 16 nieces and nephews. One of these nephews was in an accident. His wife died along with his two small children -- one who was 2 years old and the other several months."

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Cardinal, patriarch call for international action to liberate Iraq


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis' personal envoy to the suffering people of Iraq joined the Chaldean Catholic patriarch in launching an appeal to the international community Aug. 18, pleading for help to liberate villages controlled by the Islamic State terrorists and to provide the displaced with international protection.

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