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Obituary: Bishop Roger Morin, Lowell native, former Biloxi bishop


Roger Paul Morin was born on March 7, 1941, in Lowell, one of six children of the late Germain J. and Lillian (Cregg) Morin. He attended elementary and secondary schools in Lowell, Dracut, and Boston. From 1962 to 1968, he attended Cardinal O'Connell Seminary in Boston and St. John Seminary in Brighton. He received a B.A. in philosophy from St. John's in 1966.

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Obituary: Bishop Francis X. Irwin spent decades serving those in need


One of the archdiocese's most highly respected priests and esteemed auxiliary bishops, Bishop Francis X. Irwin died on Oct. 30, 2019, at his home in Dennis. He was one of the seven children of the late John and Mary (Conry) Irwin. The Irwins were raised in Medford's St. Joseph Parish; Francis attended the parish grammar school, Boston College High School and Boston College. He entered St. John's Seminary and Cardinal Richard Cushing ordained him to the priesthood at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Feb. 2, 1960.

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Federal judge halts Trump administration conscience protection rule


NEW YORK (CNS) -- A U.S. District Court judge's Nov. 6 ruling that halts a Trump administration conscience protection rule for health care professionals leaves them "vulnerable to being forced to perform, facilitate or refer for procedures that violate their conscience," said the senior counsel for the First Liberty Institute.

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