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  • Red Sox hold Catholic Night at Fenway

    BACK BAY -- The thousands of baseball fans seated in the stands at Fenway Park erupted into applause and cheers as students from St. Paul's Choir School in Cambridge finished the last note of the National Anthem as players for the Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants began to put their caps back on their heads, July 19.

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Red Sox hold Catholic Night at Fenway


BACK BAY -- The thousands of baseball fans seated in the stands at Fenway Park erupted into applause and cheers as students from St. Paul's Choir School in Cambridge finished the last note of the National Anthem as players for the Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants began to put their caps back on their heads, July 19.

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MCC urges caution on Transgender Bill implementation


BRAINTREE -- In the hours following the July 8 signing of a bill by Governor Charlie Baker that will allow transgender individuals in Massachusetts to use restrooms, changing rooms, and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity, the Massachusetts Catholic Conference (MCC) issued a statement urging caution on how the law will be implemented.

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Medical Mission Sister who served in Boston joins London leadership team


PHILADELPHIA -- Sister Rosemary Ryan, MMS, a long-time resident of Boston, recently became a member of the Medical Mission Sisters' new International Leadership Team in London. She will serve alongside her Community's Society Coordinator, a Medical Mission Sister from India, and other elected Team Members from Ghana, Indonesia and Peru. For many years, she served as a hospice medical director in Boston and surrounding towns.

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Portugal presents Cardinal O'Malley with highest national honor


BRAINTREE -- The Portuguese government presented Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley with its highest honor in recognition of his service to the Portuguese community. The Grand Cross of Prince Henry the Navigator was awarded to Cardinal O'Malley by President of the Portuguese Republic Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa during a ceremony at Catholic University of Portugal in Lisbon, June 28, following an address given by the cardinal at the university as part of a conference on Pope Francis and the challenges of the modern-day Church.

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This week's edition » National News

California Catholic bishops back initiative to abolish death penalty


SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) -- The California Catholic bishops announced their support July 14 for Proposition 62, a voter initiative on the November ballot that would repeal the death penalty. The bishops timed their statement to coincide with the launch of the "Yes on 62" campaign that took place at a Los Angeles news conference. Speakers there included former death penalty advocates, victims' families, law enforcement officials, faith leaders and wrongfully convicted former death-row prisoners.

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Pope calls attack on Nice act of 'blind violence'


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis condemned the attack on Bastille Day celebrations in France, calling it an act of "blind violence." The pope expressed his "deep sorrow" and "spiritual closeness" with the French people in a message to Bishop Andre Marceau of Nice. The message, signed by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, said Pope Francis entrusted the victims and their families to God's mercy.

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Pope says critics won't stop him from pursuing vision for church


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis said he will continue pressing for a church that is open and understanding despite opposition from some clerics who "say no to everything." "They do their work and I do mine," the pope said when asked, "What is your relationship with ultraconservatives in the church?"

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U.S. and Spanish journalists will lead Vatican press office


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis named two experienced journalists -- including its first female vice director -- to lead the Vatican press office. Greg Burke, a native of St. Louis, succeeds Italian Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, who retires after 10 years as head of the Vatican press office, the Vatican announced July 11. Spanish journalist Paloma Garcia Ovejero fills in Burke's spot as vice director, making her the first female to hold that position.

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