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  • How Christians can accompany those with same-sex attraction

    Washington D.C., Sep 19, 2017 CNA.- Have compassion and empathy: especially for those dealing with struggles which are different than yours. This is the message Dan Mattson hopes all believers will take from his book, which encourages a new sense of compassion for those who have same-sex attractions.

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  • Pope prays for victims of Mexico quake

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As search and rescue operations continued in central Mexico, where more than 200 people died after a strong earthquake Sept. 19, Pope Francis offered his prayers for the victims.

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  • Fatima fulfilled: Archbishop celebrates return of Russia to Christ

    MOSCOW (CNS) -- Catholics across Russia are celebrating the centenary of the 1917 apparitions of Mary to shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. According to one of the children, Sister Lucia Dos Santos, Mary asked for a special consecration of Russia to prevent the country from disseminating its "errors throughout the world," a phrase now-retired Pope Benedict XVI interpreted as referring to communism.

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  • Myanmar leader condemns human rights violations in speech on Rohingya

    NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar (CNS) -- Faced with a powerful military keen to have martial law declared in Rakhine state, which nearly half a million people fled in three weeks, Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, avoided any mention of ethnic cleansing of Muslim Rohingya while broadly condemning human rights violations in her first major address on the issue.

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  • German theologian: Reformation meant different things in different eras

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- How Protestants regarded Martin Luther has evolved as the Reformation he engendered has likewise evolved, according to German Catholic theologian Father Peter Neuner. "To us Luther is not only a historic person, but also a product of interested memory," Father Neuner said in a Sept. 15 address delivered on his behalf at during Georgetown University's conference on "1517-2017: Lutherans and Catholics, Then and Now."

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  • Pope expands scope of John Paul II institute on marriage, family

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- To better prepare priests and pastoral workers to help meet the challenges families face today, Pope Francis is strengthening the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family and changing its name to the Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute for the Sciences of Marriage and Family.

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  • The Brothers of Charity are clear: no euthanasia is possible in our hospitals

    Brussels, Belgium, Sep 17, 2017 Church Pop.- Br. René Stockman says it clearly: the path to euthanasia is not viable for a Catholic hospital. After a board of trustees decision to allow euthanasia in Belgian hospitals sponsored by the Brothers of Charity, the community’s general superior spoke with CNA about the issues at stake, and the possibility that the Brothers of Charity might discontinue sponsoring hospitals if things do not change.

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  • Cardinal Gracias: curial reform is nearing the 'end of the tunnel'

    Vatican City, Sep 18, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Nearly four years after the Pope established his Council of Cardinal advisers to help him in the task of reforming the Roman Curia, one member of the group said their work is wrapping up, and that it could take only a few more meetings to finish what they set out to do.

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  • Bishop defends Jesuit priest after seminary withdraws invitation

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A U.S. bishop vigorously defended Jesuit Father James Martin when a prominent U.S. seminary canceled an invitation it had extended to the well-known author, who was to speak about Jesus at an October event, after fringe groups unhappy with the priest's recent book about the church and the gay community mounted a series of attacks.

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  • Boston College says students doing well after acid attack in France

    BOSTON (CNS) -- Boston College said Sept. 18 that four of its university students studying abroad who were victims of an acid attack a day earlier in Marseille, France, were doing well. The female students, all juniors, plan to remain in Europe for their studies and offered forgiveness to the woman who sprayed them with an acid solution outside of the Saint-Charles train station in Marseille, according to a statement posted on the university's website.

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  • Philippine priest, kidnapped in May, freed

    MANILA, Philippines (CNS) -- A senior Philippine priest taken hostage by Islamic State-inspired militants in the southern city of Marawi has been freed after almost four months of captivity. Father Teresito Soganub, vicar general of the Prelature of Marawi, told a news conference in Manila that he was doing as well as could be expected following his ordeal, reported ucanews.com.

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  • What are the Vatican's next steps in the child porn case?

    Washington D.C., Sep 15, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- What happens when Vatican City State diplomats commit crimes? The recent recall of a Vatican diplomat from the U.S. Nunciature in Washington, following suspicions of child pornography possession brings together both the workings of the criminal justice system at the Vatican and international diplomatic law.

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  • Mary was a 'courageous woman' up to the end, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Mary was a courageous woman who stood by Jesus even when the crowds turned against him and even though she knew he would face a tragic death, Pope Francis said. "At the very end, she is there, standing, looking at her son" on the cross. "Maybe she heard comments: 'Look, there is the mother of one of the three delinquents.' But she remains. Silent. She is the mother, she does not deny her son," the pope said Sept. 15 in his homily during a morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

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  • Massachusetts bishops urge Congress to act on DACA

    In a strongly worded statement, the bishops of the four dioceses of Massachusetts voiced support for young immigrants affected by the recent rollback of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and urged Congress to act to protect them.

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  • Bishops' statement on DACA

    [Editor's Note: The four Roman Catholic bishops of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have drafted a statement urging Congress to protect the DACA program that was recently terminated by President Trump. DACA is an immigration policy established by the Obama administration that allows some individuals who entered the country illegally as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit, that was recently terminated by President Trump.]

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  • Mass and candlelight vigil honor Sept. 11 victims

    Gold Star families, veterans, members of the community, and parishioners of Our Lady of Good Voyage gathered at the newly erected shrine on the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks for a Mass of Remembrance and candlelight vigil.

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  • Conference celebrates 50 years of Charismatic Renewal

    MEDWAY -- Maryanne Mandolese loved God all her life, she said, and over the years that love grew and grew and it gave her strength. Where once she was insecure and afraid, God, and her love for Him, gave her confidence and gave her purpose.

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  • Prison ministry brings Middlesex inmate to baptism

    BILLERICA -- Derek Elledge didn't know if he had been baptized as a child, but to him, that didn't really matter. What he did know was that now, as a middle-aged adult, he heard the Holy Spirit calling him, and it was calling him to enter the Catholic faith.

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  • Conference on liturgical formation to be held in W. Peabody parish

    WEST PEABODY -- Dom Alcuin Reid, one of the foremost scholars of the history and ceremonies of the Roman Liturgy, will visit Massachusetts next week to share his expertise with local Catholics. A native of Australia now stationed at a monastery in southern France, Dom Alcuin is the featured speaker at the upcoming Culmen et Fons Conference on Liturgical Formation, to be held at St. Adelaide's Church in West Peabody from Sept. 18 to 22.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Saturday (9/2) I had the joy of ordaining 12 Jesuit deacons at St. Ignatius Church in Chestnut Hill. The new deacons come from various Jesuits provinces, including three that are from Nigeria. The evening before, I joined the scholastics for dinner and Vespers at the Peter Faber House, the Jesuit community at Boston College. We are very blessed to have so many young Jesuits here who come to Boston to study at Boston College for many of their provinces throughout the world. During their time here, all of them were assigned work in various parishes of the archdiocese. Many of them are from countries that have a large immigrant population in Boston, so it's particularly helpful for us to have them present, helping out in our parishes.

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  • Helping, not fame from chainsaw video, brings true joy, says Carmelite

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- She inspired many when she rolled up the sleeves of her habit to clean up after Hurricane Irma with a chainsaw. After the local police department posted a video Sept. 12 on Twitter of Carmelite Sister Margaret Ann Laechelin trimming branches off a fallen tree with a chainsaw, she became an instant hit and a symbol of sorts for the hurricane-ravaged Miami area.

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  • Indian bishop asks prime minister to stop hatred against Christians

    THRISSUR, India (CNS) -- The secretary-general of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi "to intervene to stop hatred" in the eastern state of Jharkhand. Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas charged in a letter to Modi that "spiraling hatred" was being perpetuated by Raghubar Das, chief minister of Jharkhand and a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party, which is known for pursuing a Hindu nationalist legislative agenda.

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  • What the bishops say about politics matters -- and here's why

    Washington D.C., Sep 13, 2017 CNA.- Catholic moral theologians have responded to Steve Bannon's accusation that the U.S. bishops are economically motivated in their stance on immigration, calling the former White House chief strategist “rash” in his take on the issue.

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