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  • May Olympic Games be sign of hope during pandemic, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As thousands of athletes gathered for the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Pope Francis gave them his blessing and extended it to those organizing and supporting the events. "In this time of pandemic, may these Games be a sign of hope, a sign of universal brotherhood marked by a healthy spirit of competition," he said July 25, after praying the Angelus at the Vatican. He also tweeted the same message that day with the hashtag "Tokyo2020."

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St. John's Seminary honors distinguished alumni


BRIGHTON -- As part of its commemoration marking its 20th anniversary of offering lay formation, St. John's Seminary has granted Distinguished Alumni Awards to five graduates of its lay degree programs in recognition of their service in evangelization.

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From Cardinal Seán's blog


Last Saturday, I was happy to attend the Rite of Profession of three new Capuchin friars at St. Augustine's Church in Pittsburgh -- the very place where I took my vows and was ordained. These men have finished their novitiate and have taken their temporary vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, and are living the rule of St. Francis and the Constitution of the Capuchin Friars.

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Planning Office for Urban Affairs shares $1.2M award to aid trafficking victims


BOSTON -- Representatives from the Planning Office for Urban Affairs (POUA) and Health Imperatives joined Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy and Community Development Undersecretary Jennifer Maddox on July 15 for the announcement of a $1.2 million affordable housing award from the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

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Pandemic restrictions impact parish pilgrimage plans


BRAINTREE -- The coronavirus pandemic caused delays, postponements, and outright cancellations of all kinds of plans over the course of 2020, including the practice of going on pilgrimages. Now, as travel becomes safer, pilgrimage leaders are once again planning international trips while learning to adapt their plans to evolving circumstances.

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Fall River seminarian develops apologetics website


FALL RIVER (CNA) -- A seminarian and former graphic designer has created the Auspice Maria website as an initiative of the new evangelization. John Garabedian, a seminarian of the Diocese of Fall River, told CNA his goal is "to present old truths in new, creative, engaging ways and use my talents and professional experience of being a graphic designer for God's glory and lead them with beauty to the Source of Beauty, God Himself."

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This week's edition » National News

Lawsuit brings sex abuse allegations against New Hampshire bishop


Rockville Centre, N.Y. (CNA) -- Bishop Peter Libasci has been accused in a lawsuit of committing sexual abuse while a priest in New York during the 1980s. The Bishop of Manchester is accused in a July 14 lawsuit of abusing a male youth on numerous occasions in 1983 and 1984. Bishop Libasci has not spoken out publicly on the allegations, but the Diocese of Manchester says the matter has been reported to civil authorities.

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UPDATE: Minnesota gymnast, silver medalist, relies on hard work, trust in God


CHAMPLIN, Minn. (CNS) -- The Twin City Twisters in Champlin is the home gym of Grace McCallum, a member of the 2018 World Championship U.S. gymnastics team. A large banner hangs over the facility's main entrance honoring that accomplishment. Now her supporters can put up a new banner that reads, "Home of Grace McCallum, 2020 Olympic Silver Medalist."

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This week's edition » International News

May Olympic Games be sign of hope during pandemic, pope says


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As thousands of athletes gathered for the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Pope Francis gave them his blessing and extended it to those organizing and supporting the events. "In this time of pandemic, may these Games be a sign of hope, a sign of universal brotherhood marked by a healthy spirit of competition," he said July 25, after praying the Angelus at the Vatican. He also tweeted the same message that day with the hashtag "Tokyo2020."

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