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  • Pope, patriarch call for ethical intervention in economy

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople called on Christians to work together to build a culture of solidarity in the face of growing economic inequality and a lack of respect for the human dignity of the poor and of migrants.

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  • Voters in Ireland pave way for abortion on demand

    DUBLIN (CNS) -- Voters in Ireland have opted to remove the right to life of the unborn from the country's constitution, paving the way for abortion on demand up to 12 weeks. With votes counted from 30 of Ireland's 40 constituencies, results from the nationwide referendum showed that 67.3 percent of citizens opted to remove the Eighth Amendment from the constitution, while 32.7 percent voted to retain it. Turnout was 64.5 percent.

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  • Foreign bishops respond to German intercommunion proposal

    Philadelphia, Pa., May 23, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- Several bishops from outside Germany have critiqued a proposal to allow Protestant spouses of Catholics to receive communion in German dioceses under some limited circumstances, citing the proposal’s effects on their own local Churches.

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  • Humanae Vitae needs no update, commission chair says

    Vatican City, May 23, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- The professor who chaired a Vatican study group on Humanae Vitae stressed that the Bl. Paul VI’s encyclical “needs no updating.” Professor Gilfredo Marengo, of the Pontifical Theological Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, spoke with CNA at the presentation of his latest book, “Chiesa senza storia, storia senza Chiesa” (Church without history, history without the Church), which explores the implications and consequences of Gaudium et Spes, the Second Vatican Council’s pastoral constitution on the Church in the modern world.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Italian nun murdered in Somalia to be beatified in Italy

    NAIROBI, Kenya (CNS) -- An Italian Consolata sister murdered in Somalia in 2006 will be beatified in Piacenza, Italy, May 26. Sister Leonella Sgorbati and her bodyguard were gunned down as they left the children's hospital where she worked in Mogadishu.

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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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  • Ninja priest? Meet the unlikely new contestant on a hit TV show

    Little Rock, Ark., May 23, 2018 CNA.- Among the contestants on season 10 of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, there’s one who stands out. In addition to being a physical trainer, Father Stephen Gadberry is also a Catholic priest. He hopes that his participation in the upcoming season of American Ninja Warrior will make the clergy appear more human and available.

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  • Does God make people gay? A theologian responds

    Washington D.C., May 22, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- Sexual attraction does not define identity, a priest has said, after comments attributed to Pope Francis have prompted questions about Catholic doctrine and the nature of sexual orientation.

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  • Church official cautiously optimistic about DACA bills before Congress

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The executive director of the U.S. bishops' Migration and Refugee Services gives credit to a group of moderate Republicans in Congress trying to revive interest in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals legislation, or DACA, by their efforts to bring not just one bill, but four, to the House floor.

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  • Abuse survivor says pope told him God loves him the way he is

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- An abuse survivor, who had been disparaged for being a homosexual, said that Pope Francis told him that God made him that way and loved him for who he was. Juan Carlos Cruz -- one of the three survivors from Chile who met with the pope April 27-30 at the Vatican -- said his homosexuality and how it brought about further suffering was something he discussed with the pope during the private meeting.

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  • Pope Francis: Like Mary, the Church is a mother

    Vatican City, May 21, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- Pope Francis celebrated the first feast of Mary, Mother of the Church Monday saying that without the emphasis placed on motherhood, the Church would be isolated, composed of no more than “old bachelors.”

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  • Catholic college graduates urged to make difference for those in need

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- University of Notre Dame graduates were asked May 21 to take stock of where they are going and what they will do with their talents. "Today you have the opportunity to decide what you will be beyond this point. Will you say yes to God's plan in your life?" Sister Normal Pimentel, recipient of the university's 2018 Laetare Medal, asked the university's graduating seniors.

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  • Brief biographical sketches of 14 new cardinals

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Here are brief biographical notes about each of the 14 churchmen who will become cardinals June 29. Their names are listed in the order Pope Francis announced them May 20: -- Iraqi Cardinal-designate Louis Raphael I Sako, the Chaldean Catholic patriarch, was ordained a bishop eight months after the U.S. invasion of Iraq. He witnessed the exodus of the country's native Christians and ministered to the beleaguered and martyred people who remained. After his installation as head of the Chaldean Catholic Church in 2013, he said the church must be a sign of hope, witness and communion, despite the difficulties, and work together with all Iraqis to defend human dignity and peaceful coexistence based on equal rights.

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  • Pope moves 12 sainthood causes ahead, including U.S. missionary's

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis issued decrees recognizing that 12 candidates for sainthood, including U.S. Sacred Heart Brother Norbert McAuliffe, lived the Christian virtues in a heroic way. The decrees promulgated by the pope May 19 are the first major step in the sainthood process. A miracle attributed to the candidate's intercession would be needed before beatification and another miracle would be needed for the person's canonization.

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