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New book documents Shriver's search for the 'Real Pope Francis'

BOSTON -- "Intrigued." That is how Mark K. Shriver, president of the Save the Children Action Network, said he felt as he watched Jorge Mario Bergoglio become Pope Francis in March 2013. "His first couple of actions -- from asking for blessings from the people before he blessed them as the new pope, to paying for his hotel bill, to washing the feet of those young juvenile delinquents at the Casa del Marmo -- really caught my eye," he recalled.

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From Cardinal Seán's blog

Sunday (11/20) was the Mass marking the close of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. There were huge crowds for the outdoor Mass on a picture-perfect day. The Mass began with the closing of the Holy Door. ...One of my thoughts on the Year of Mercy that I shared frequently is that it was our hope that this special year would be a preface to the Church's focus on this very central theme of the Gospels and our faith, which is mercy. This apostolic letter is putting forth ideas that can help us to continue this most successful spiritual event.

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Cardinal joins Boston Greek Orthodox for patronal feast

BROOKLINE -- Following long-standing ecumenical tradition, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston invited representatives of the Archdiocese of Boston, Nov. 29, to celebrate the Feast of St. Andrew at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral Center Chapel in Brookline.

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Forming the Future: Good Shepherd School, Charlestown

CHARLESTOWN -- The first years of education "open the doors to learning," according to Jessica Maxwell, director of the Good Shepherd School, a Catholic preschool in Charlestown. "By giving our young students a place to thrive, we help set them up to become learners in the future," she said.

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This week's edition » National News

Paper's 1941 war edition expressed faith, patriotism of island Catholics

HONOLULU (CNS) -- "Our beloved country is at war. Our peaceful shores have been ruthlessly attacked, and all citizens are called upon to unite their efforts toward that peace for which we have all prayed, that peace which the world cannot give, and that peace which God will surely bring about when mankind has seen its folly and conforms its ways to his."

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Miami archbishop recalls Catholic persecution in Cuba, prays for peace

MIAMI (CNS) -- On the day the news of Fidel Castro's death spread, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami was one of the first Catholic Church officials to respond early Nov. 26. "Fidel Castro is dead," he wrote in a statement. "The death of this figure should lead us to invoke the patroness of Cuba, the Virgin of Charity, calling for peace for Cuba and its people."

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This week's edition » International News

Pope recognizes martyrdom of Oklahoma priest killed in Guatemala

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of Father Stanley Rother of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, making him the first martyr born in the United States. The Vatican made the announcement Dec. 2. The recognition of his martyrdom clears the way for his beatification.

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Pope indicates he will travel to Ireland in 2018

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- After meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said the pope confirmed he will visit Ireland in 2018 and that trip organizers would look at the possibility of a stop in Northern Ireland.

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