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Father Louis Palmieri leads a blessing of a new statue at Holy Family Parish in Amesbury. Pilot photo courtesy/Holy Family Parish

Monsignor Helmick named "Person of the Year"

WEST ROXBURY -- Msgr. William M. Helmick, pastor of St. Theresa of Avila parish in West Roxbury, was named Person of the Year by the County Roscommon Association of Boston at their annual St. Patrick's Day Banquet at the Elks Hall in West Roxbury. The County Roscommon Association is the largest Irish county club in the United States.

Regis College takes digital leap with iPads for all on campus

WESTON -- Regis College President Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN, has announced that Regis is embracing digital technology to become an iPad institution this fall. "I'm very excited that iPads have now arrived on campus; it's not only about the tools, it's about the pedagogical innovation," she said. "Regis is becoming a leader in higher education in the kind of interactive and participatory teaching and learning that our digital world invites. We are building classrooms without walls as part of our global outreach," noted President Hays.

Since early spring, more than a dozen faculty members have been working with iPads to incorporate digital pedagogy into their curriculum design in preparation for the kick-off this autumn. Afterward, all incoming full-time students, and all full-time and half-time faculty members will receive iPads with apps tailored to the Regis learning community, and begin using them in course work, interactive class discussions, and in-class research.

Parish commences 15th anniversary year with statue unveiling

AMESBURY -- The new 4-foot, 725-pound marble statue of the Holy Family, showing Joseph and Mary holding the hands of a young Jesus, was unveiled and dedicated in the front of Holy Family's parish church, May 27th --Pentecost Sunday, the birthday of both the Catholic Church and Holy Family Parish.

After Sunday's 10:30 a.m. Mass, in a brief ceremony to mark the commencement of the parish's 15th Anniversary year, pastor Father Louis Palmieri acknowledged the incredible effort undertaken in the union of St. Joseph's Parish, established in 1866 as a church for European immigrants, and Sacred Heart Parish, established in 1903 to serve predominately French-Canadian Catholics as they inhabited Amesbury and the surrounding towns.

"Like any family, the Parish has its ups and downs," said Father Palmieri. Adding, "However, our Lord's Holy Family has truly blessed the parish so that today we stand proudly as a vibrant faith community, together in Christ -- ever striving to be an affirmative reflection of Jesus, Mary and Joseph."

The two churches, that are down the street from each other, started collaborating in 1992, formally merged in 1998 and became housed as one in 2007 with the sale of the Sacred Heart Building.

The entire cost of the statue was paid for by many individual contributions and was blessed by Cardinal Seán O'Malley during his recent visit to the Parish.

Fourth of July parade preserve Religious Freedom float

CHELMSFORD -- The family of Clarivel Marin de Dragas came together with volunteers to participate in the 4th of July Parade in Chelmsford.

They created a float for the parade to support religious freedom in protest against a mandate to force Catholic employers to provide employees with sterilization, birth control and abortive pills under the new healthcare law.

"Preserve religious freedom ... our first liberty," said a banner on the float.

A "Liberty Bell" made out of cardboard and a big candle to symbolized the Catholic values.

"This is our little way to create awareness of the importance of religious freedom in our local community," Dragas said.

"Let the children guard what the sires have won," is the town motto of Chelmsford.

Dragas said her family was proud to represent their Catholic heritage in the parade.

The family had originally prepared to simply march with a banner, but they received help from St. John the Evangelist Church in North Chelmsford.

"When we reached out to them, we knew that there was an opportunity for collaboration. We went together as two teams complementing each other with one goal, religious freedom," she said.

Be grateful to parents, never insult them, pope says

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Canadian cardinal: Women should help screen, train priest applicants

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Vatican delegation will travel to China this month to finalize agreement, Chinese newspaper reports

Beijing, China, Sep 18, 2018 CNA.- A newspaper tied to the Chinese Communist Party reported Tuesday that a delegation of Vatican officials will head to ...

Cardinal Marx says mistakes were made, calls for change in German church

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, head of the German bishops' conference, admitted that mistakes were made in the German church's handling of sex abuse of minors ...

Church crisis response: Healing Masses, listening sessions, fasting

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In response to the sexual abuse crisis in the church, Catholics are praying for victims, talking about their frustration and anger, ...

Pope names Minnesota priest as auxiliary bishop of Hartford

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pope Francis has appointed Father Juan M. Betancourt, a priest in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, as auxiliary bishop ...

Listening church: Pope gives new vision for Synod of Bishops

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Director of Courage releases letter on Penn. abuse report

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Richmond bishop apologizes to victims; commits to opening, reviewing files

RICHMOND, Va. (CNS) -- In celebrating the Diocese of Richmond's first Mass of Atonement for victims of abuse Sept. 14, Bishop Barry C. Knestout apologized ...

Stanford University to remove saint's name from some properties

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- California's Stanford University will strip the name of 18th-century Franciscan friar, St. Junipero Serra, from some of its properties ...

Catholic Charities distributes disaster relief to areas hit by Florence

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Archbishop Lori assures diocese he's with them in journey toward healing

WHEELING, W.Va. (CNS) -- In his celebration of Mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Wheeling Sept. 15, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore said ...

Bishop takes a (sky) dive to get pilgrims to Lourdes

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Words, promises are not enough to prevent abuse, archbishop says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Inviting presidents of the world's bishops' conference to the Vatican to discuss abuse prevention reflects an understanding that ...

Pope praises Capuchin order's charism of authenticity, simplicity

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Capuchins are called to be men of peace, reconciliation and prayer and to be close to all people, Pope Francis told members of the ...

Path to healing starts with seeking forgiveness, Cardinal Wuerl says

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A "Season of Healing" for sexual abuse survivors began in the Archdiocese of Washington with a Sept. 14 Mass at the Cathedral of St. ...

Archbishop McCarrick's unofficial role in Vatican-China relations

Vatican City, Sep 17, 2018 CNA.- Following reports that the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China could be about to sign an agreement ...

Archbishop Chaput: When we forget faith, we forget our humanity

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Pope Francis warns priests against living a double life

Palermo, Italy, Sep 15, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- During a day trip to Sicily Saturday, Pope Francis told priests and religious to fight their vices and strive ...

What is the pontifical secret?

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2018 CNA.- Following the allegations made by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò about the case of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, ...

Vatican publishes list of synod participants, including papal nominees

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- To the list of members of the Synod of Bishops elected by national bishops' conferences, Pope Francis added cardinals from 14 countries, ...

Addicts and their loved ones talk about life with opioid addiction

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Signers of letter hope Vatican meeting will bring needed steps on crisis

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Signers of an open letter from Catholic women to Pope Francis urging "truth" and "transparency" on the growing sex abuse crisis expressed ...

Community 'overwhelmed and shell-shocked' after gas explosions, says pastor

LAWRENCE -- Volunteers at St. Patrick Church's Cor Unum Meal Center were serving dinner when multiple natural gas explosions and fires broke out in homes ...

Down to earth: Vatican brings together world's meteorite curators

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS) -- Rocks, mineral debris and even dust from space are kept in special collections, museums and laboratories all over the ...

Algerian martyrs to be beatified in Algeria Dec. 8

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The beatification of 19 martyrs of Algeria, including the seven Trappist monks of Tibhirine, will be celebrated Dec. 8 in Oran, ...

'Anything but a picnic' - Cardinal Dolan on the Church's summer of scandal

New York City, N.Y., Sep 14, 2018 CNA.- Cardinal Timothy Dolan has spoken about how the extended sexual abuse scandals facing the Church have taken a ...

Restoring and reimagining: Transformation at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross

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Archdiocese says Cardinal O'Malley will personally review all abuse letters

BRAINTREE (CAN) -- The Archdiocese of Boston has announced changes to the way it will process and respond to letters addressed to Cardinal Séan P. ...

CM receives $2.5M grant from Yawkey Foundations

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Father Christian Ohazulume removed from ministry

BRAINTREE -- The Archdiocese announced on Sept. 11 that it had removed a priest from ministry after receiving an allegation that he sexually abused a ...

From Cardinal Seán's blog

This week I am in transit to Rome in anticipation of the next meeting of the C9 Council of Cardinals. So, I have asked Vivian Soper to share some reflections ...

Kavanaugh's birth control comments spur controversy -- What did he say?

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Missouri to enforce abortion regulations in wake of appeals court ruling

Jefferson City, Mo. (CNA) -- Missouri's health department announced Monday that it will immediately being enforcing state laws regulating abortion clinics ...