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From Cardinal SeŠn's blog

Last Thursday (3/27) I went to Worcester to attend their Adopt-a-Student Recognition Dinner. This year, they were marking the 25th anniversary of the program and I was asked to give the keynote address. It is their largest event to date. There was a special recognition for Bishop George Rueger, retired Auxiliary Bishop of Worcester, for his great support of Catholic education and they established an annual scholarship in his name.

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Fallen Boston firefighters laid to rest

BOSTON -- For two consecutive days firefighters gathered from all around the world stood at attention to honor two of their fallen who died the week before fighting a nine-alarm fire in the Back Bay.

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Father Mark Sheehan, pastor in Bedford retires

Father Mark S. Sheehan, pastor of St. Michael Parish in Bedford since Aug. 26, 1986 has been granted senior priest retirement status. The effective date was April 7, 2014. Father Sheehan was born in Brockton on Oct. 13, 1937. He studied at St. John's Seminary in Brighton. Bishop Jeremiah Minihan ordained him to the priesthood at St. Colman Church, Brockton on Feb. 2, 1963.

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CYO basketball NE Championship results

PROVIDENCE -- On the weekend of March 29-30, the New England CYO Basketball Tournament was held in Rhode Island, hosted by the Diocese of Providence. Both Catholic grammar schools and parish teams representing many dioceses from throughout New England competed for the New England CYO Basketball Championships.

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This week's edition » National News

Luther's goal not schism but reform of 'church he loved,' says bishop

NEW ORLEANS (CNS) -- It was the seminal event of Western Christianity over the past 500 years. Martin Luther, a German Catholic monk, sent his "95 Theses," or "Disputation on the Efficacy and Power of Indulgences," to the local archbishop Oct. 31, 1517. And he set into motion the Protestant Reformation that four years later prompted his excommunication by the Catholic Church and laid the groundwork for denominational splintering that over the centuries has led to the formation of thousands of Christian churches.

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This week's edition » International News

Pope declares by decree three new saints for the Americas

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Without a canonization ceremony, Pope Francis declared three new saints for the Americas, pioneers of the Catholic Church in Brazil and in Canada. Pope Francis signed decrees April 3 recognizing: St. Jose de Anchieta, a Spanish-born Jesuit who traveled to Brazil in 1553 and became known as the Apostle of Brazil; St. Marie de l'Incarnation, a French Ursuline who traveled to Quebec in 1639 and is known as the Mother of the Canadian Church; and St. Francois de Laval, who arrived in Quebec 20 years after St. Marie de l'Incarnation and became the first bishop of Quebec.

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Pope: Cross isn't an ornament, Christianity isn't a do-gooder's guide

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Christianity isn't a philosophy or guide to survival, good behavior and peace, it's a relationship with a real person who died on the cross for our sins, Pope Francis said. "Christianity can't be understood without understanding this deep humiliation of the son of God, who abased himself, becoming a servant to the point of his death and death on the cross" in order to serve humanity, the pope said.

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