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What does the Church teach on capital punishment?

For centuries, the Catholic Church understood capital punishment to be a legitimate tool of the secular state to punish criminals convicted of heinous offenses. Criminals were even executed in the Papal States and capital punishment was legal in Vatican City State from 1929 to 1969, though no executions took place during that time. In fact, the last execution to take place in the Papal States was in 1870, under the reign of Pope Pius IX.

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Capuchin Friars: Making the commitment to consecration in Boston

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of Second Vatican Council, Pope Francis has declared 2015 a Year of Consecrated Life. Pope Francis has asked the Church's brothers, sisters, and priests to "wake up the world" by sharing their faith, hope, and holiness through their testimony about their experiences living a consecrated life.

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Ordination class of 2015: Deacon Peter Stamm

This is the third installment in the series profiling each of the five men who will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on May 23. For as long as Deacon Peter Stamm can remember, he has been drawn to the priesthood. Even while he was in elementary school, he said he "was very fascinated with the priest at the altar and I wanted to be close to that."

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New head of Catholic Citizenship seeks to expand reach

The new head of Catholic Citizenship plans to focus on informing more Catholics and engaging more young Catholics in Massachusetts. Agatha Bodwell of Sandwich, appointed in mid-April, said she hopes to help local Catholics to live their faith completely in every aspect of their life and to connect with others who are doing the same.

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Irish Pastoral Centre: A hidden jewel that's about to shine brighter

The Irish Pastoral Centre is something of a hidden jewel in the Archdiocese of Boston. But if executive director Megan Carroll has her way, that's about to change. Carroll, who marked her one-year anniversary on the job April 15, said the IPC -- which is located at 15 Rita Road in Dorchester -- was "pretty much on autopilot" during the two years prior to her arrival, when it was without an executive director, even though it was under the strong leadership of board Chair Sheila Gleeson and the day-to-day operations were being handled by Kathleen Rohan. She said this small but dedicated staff, including chaplain Father John McCarthy and Sister Marguerite Kelly, kept it going with the help of the board of directors.

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Sister Disciples continue eucharistic mission in Boston

BRAINTREE -- As one of their own reached a landmark in her service this month, the Sister Disciples of the Divine Master continued their mission of prayerful and physical support for the priesthood and the spread of the Gospel centered on the Eucharist.

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This week's edition » National News

Notre Dame awards Knights of Columbus Evangelium Vitae Medal

NOTRE DAME, Ind. (CNS) -- Praised for their "heroic and tireless efforts" to affirm a culture of life, the Knights of Columbus received the University of Notre Dame's Evangelium Vitae Medal. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson received the award for the Knights during ceremonies at the university April 26.

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