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  • Cardinal ordains seven priests for the Archdiocese of Boston

    MISSION HILL -- Maria Hewett remembers her brother Baldemar Garza blessing her, back when they were both young kids. Three or four at the time, it's one of her oldest memories, she said. It was "surreal" to her, then, when, as adults, the now Father Garza blessed her as a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston May 19 following his ordination into the priesthood at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Mission Hill.

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Cardinal ordains seven priests for the Archdiocese of Boston


MISSION HILL -- Maria Hewett remembers her brother Baldemar Garza blessing her, back when they were both young kids. Three or four at the time, it's one of her oldest memories, she said. It was "surreal" to her, then, when, as adults, the now Father Garza blessed her as a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston May 19 following his ordination into the priesthood at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Mission Hill.

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Local faith leaders, scientists call for action on climate change in joint appeal


BRAINTREE -- A joint statement released May 23 and signed by hundreds of scientists and faith leaders, including Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, calls on "all of us" for action on climate change. "Climate change is an ecological and moral emergency that impacts all other aspects of our shared lives and requires us to work together to protect our common home," reads the appeal.

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Faith and Science Joint Appeal for Climate Action


The following appeal was signed by more than 500 hundred of Massachusetts religious leaders and scientists including Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, Dr. Philip Duffy, president of the Woods Hole Research Center and Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, Associate Minister for Ecological Justice at Bethel AME Church. -- Editor.

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From Cardinal Seán's blog


Catholic Charities' Spring Celebration Last Thursday (5/10) I went to the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston to attend Catholic Charities' annual Spring Celebration. My sister was visiting from Mexico, so I asked her to attend the gala with me.

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Little Sisters of the Poor fundraising dinner


SOMERVILLE -- The sound of chatter and laughter grew louder as you walked into the Little Sisters of the Poor's 6th annual "Sharing the Vision of St. Jeanne Jugan Fundraising Dinner," which was held at the Center for the Arts Armory in Somerville May 19.

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21 receive Theological Institute degrees


BRIGHTON -- Dressed in caps and gowns and surrounded by family and friends, the Theological Institute of the New Evangelization's class of 2018 received their diplomas during a May 22 commencement ceremony at St. John's Seminary in Brighton.

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In her illness and death, a girl brings others closer to God


BRAINTREE -- Andrea Villalba, an eighth-grader at St. Joseph School in Needham, said she thinks about her friend Christina Dangond Lacouture every day, every single day. She used the word friend, but she later changed it. Christina, about two to three years younger, is more like a "little sister to me," she said to The Pilot May 14.

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Christian crowd vows to 'reclaim Jesus' from polarized U.S.


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Saying that Jesus Christ has been "hijacked" in the name of politics, a large crowd of national Christian leaders and members of their congregations vowed during a prayer service and vigil May 24 to "reclaim Jesus" from those who not only use his name for their political and personal gain, but reject the gentleness, kindness, love of neighbor, the poor and the truth that Christ embraced.

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This week's edition » International News

Marriage proclaims 'love is possible,' pope says


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Marriage is a sacrament not only for the bride and groom, but for the entire Catholic Church, because it proclaims that "love is possible," Pope Francis said.

"It is true there are difficulties, there are problems with the children or with the couple themselves -- arguments, fights," he said May 25 at morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae. Seven couples celebrating their 25th or 50th wedding anniversaries were among those present at the Mass.

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Abortion doesn't protect women's human rights, Vatican official says


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- It is a contradiction to claim that promoting access to safe abortions is somehow protecting the human rights of women and girls, a Vatican representative said. "In fact, abortion denies the unborn child his or her most basic right -- to life itself," said Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, Vatican observer to U.N. agencies in Geneva.

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Pakistani cardinal-designate known for developing interfaith harmony


KARACHI, Pakistan (CNS) -- Cardinal-designate Joseph Coutts sees himself as a conductor -- not of musicians but of religious leaders from various faiths. He will soon be leading his religious orchestra as a cardinal after being named by Pope Francis May 20 as one of 14 men to be promoted, reported ucanews.com.

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Japanese cardinal-designate writes haiku, works with disabled


TOKYO (CNS) -- Cardinal-designate Thomas Aquinas Manyo Maeda of Osaka was more surprised than anyone at the news he is to become a cardinal, reported ucanews.com. "People have been emailing and calling one after the other to say they had seen the announcement," the cardinal-designate told ucanews.com after Pope Francis announced his list of new cardinals in Rome May 20.

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