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  • Youth celebrate faith at Steubenville East Conference

    LOWELL -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley joined thousands of youth, young adults, and youth ministers at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, July 19, for the closing Mass of the Steubenville East Catholic Youth Conference hosted by Life Teen.

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Green Ribbon Commission addressing local climate challenge


BRAINTREE -- While Mayor Marty Walsh represented Boston at a Vatican symposium on climate change this week, a group of institutional, civic and business leaders back home stood ready to help implement The City of Boston's plan address climate change and its potential impact on the city.

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Brothers celebrating anniversaries


Brother Edwin Boissonneau, CFX Seventy-five Years Brother Edwin met the Xaverian Brothers as a freshman at Malden Catholic High School, transferring after that year to the St. Joseph Juniorate in Peabody, site of the current Northshore Mall, to finish his high school education there. After his religious formation and college education in Virginia and Maryland, he began his teaching career at St. Matthew School in Brooklyn. High school teaching and tennis coaching brought him from Brooklyn to Baltimore and, in several segments, to St. John's Prep in Danvers for 45 years. In addition, Brother Edwin was Professor of French at Xaverian College in Silver Spring, Maryland, and six years as a missionary in Mumias, Kenya. He retired to Xaverian House in Danvers in 1997, where he enjoys doing odd jobs for his 24 confreres.

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Trip from Boston to Cuba planned for visit of Pope Francis


A group of about 135 Catholics from the Archdiocese of Boston will be among the hundreds of thousands who will greet Pope Francis when the pontiff visits Cuba in mid-September. "It should be just an amazing experience," said Robert Mahoney, president and chief executive officer of Belmont Savings Bank who is helping to organize the trip to the island nation.

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Nothing new about 'sustainability' in religious life


WRENTHAM -- Pope Francis broke ground with his encyclical on the environment "Laudato Si'" in May, but the tradition of sustainable and even "green" living has deep roots in the life of the Catholic Church as evidenced by a local community of Trappistine nuns.

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Franciscan Missionary Sisters for Africa: Making a difference


The Franciscan Missionary Sister for Africa began in 1903 in Uganda when Mother Kevin and five companions took the risk to leave country, family and friends and accepted the invitation to the unknown -- the beginning of a missionary venture that spanned oceans and cultures, binding peoples of Asia, Europe, North America and Goa in the great adventure of living the Gospel.

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Natural Family Planning (NFP) Awareness Week marked nationwide


Natural Family Planning (NFP) Awareness Week, a national educational campaign of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, was celebrated this week. This annual campaign celebrates God's design for married love and raises awareness of Natural Family Planning (NFP) methods. The slogan for this year's NFP Awareness Week, "All Natural! Good for the body. Great for the Soul," was inspired by Pope Francis' recently released encyclical "Laudato Si," in which the Holy Father emphasizes the beauty and importance of developing an ecology that encompasses all of creation, including man.

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This week's edition » National News

Planned Parenthood video 'horrifying, heartbreaking,' says congresswoman


A video of a Planned Parenthood physician describing her procedures for keeping fetal organs intact during an abortion is "horrifying and heartbreaking," said U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Missouri. Wagner made the comments at a news conference held July 15 on Capitol Hill by several House members a day after the video was released.

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