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From Cardinal Seán's blog


Last Friday (5/5) I went to St. Paul School in Hingham to celebrate a Mass to mark the school's 65th anniversary. We were very happy to be joined by a number of the Sisters of Charity to Halifax who are the founders of the school. Afterwards, I made a visit to the school and stopped in at the school's Grandparent's Day celebrations.

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CatholicTV's Matt Weber receives second New England Emmy nomination


WATERTOWN -- The CatholicTV Network announced May 10 that Matt Weber, host of "The Lens," has been nominated for a Boston/New England Emmy in the 40th Annual Boston/New England Emmy Awards. Weber's nomination in the On-Camera Talent Commentator/Editorialist category is his second Emmy nomination. This year's nomination recognizes his moving monologue about his personal experience with unexplained infertility.

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Avon church damaged in vandalism spree


AVON -- It was early Friday morning, May 12, when Father Thomas Boudreau, pastor of St. Michael Parish in Avon, was woken up "by a large hunk of tar coming through my dining room window." He said he was "jolted" out of bed and went downstairs to investigate the damage and call the police. It was then, as he opened his back door, that he realized the person responsible for the damage was standing on his back porch.

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Youville Place celebrates 20th anniversary


LEXINGTON -- Youville Place Assisted Living Residence marked its 20th anniversary May 5 with an evening of hors d'oeuvres, music, and a look back at its history and heritage. The evening celebration, as well as a special Mass held the following morning, was animated by a spirit of gratitude for the Sisters of Charity of Montreal, a religious order known as "The Grey Nuns," who established the assisted living residence and continue to influence Youville's mission and core values.

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Statue's Boston area visit marks Fatima centennial


WALTHAM -- It was 100 years ago that Our Lady of Fatima first appeared to three young shepherd children in Portugal and spoke to them messages of love and of hope. Yet, today, even 100 years later, said Bishop Robert Reed, that message still lives on.

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This week's edition » National News

Vatican takes key step forward for Father Flanagan's sainthood cause


OMAHA, Neb. (CNS) -- The Vatican has taken a key step forward in the sainthood cause of Father Edward J. Flanagan, the founder of Boys Town, local officials said May 15. The Congregation for Saints' Causes found that the Archdiocese of Omaha's three-year investigation into Father Flanagan's life was thorough and without error, and includes evidence of a reputation for sanctity, said Steven Wolf, president of the Father Flanagan League Society of Devotion, which has helped lead the sainthood effort.

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State Department implements Trump's reinstated 'Mexico City Policy'


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Reinstatement of the "Mexico City Policy," as provided for in President Donald Trump's Jan. 23 executive memorandum, took effect May 15. "(It) ensures that U.S. taxpayers will no longer subsidize foreign nongovernmental organizations that perform or promote abortion on demand," said the co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus.

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Reports say Callista Gingrich will be nominated as Vatican ambassador


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Callista Gingrich, wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, will be Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, two U.S. news outlets are reporting. The New York Times and CNN reported May 14 that the official announcement of the nomination is waiting to be approved by the Office of Government Ethics. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer in a May 15 news briefing wouldn't confirm Gingrich's nomination and said "nothing's official until it's announced," when asked about the matter.

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This week's edition » International News

Pope goes door to door, blessing the homes of the poor


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Like parish priests throughout Italy do during the Easter season, Pope Francis spent an afternoon May 19 going door to door and blessing homes. Continuing the "Mercy Friday" visits he began during the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis chose a public housing complex in Ostia, a Rome suburb on the Mediterranean Sea.

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