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  • Cardinal celebrates feast of Divine Mercy at Salem shrine

    SALEM -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley visited the St. John Paul II Shrine of Divine Mercy for the celebration of Mass on April 11, Divine Mercy Sunday. Formerly St. John the Baptist Polish Church, the St. John Paul II Shrine of Divine Mercy emphasizes the contributions of two Polish saints: St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, who received the commission of the Divine Mercy image in her visions of Christ, and St. Pope John Paul II, who instituted the Sunday after Easter as the feast of Divine Mercy.

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This week's edition » Local News

Forming the Future: Trinity Catholic Academy collects food for local pantry


BROCKTON -- "I've always instilled a sense of service into my students," Andrea Hurm said April 12. When she came to Brockton's Trinity Catholic Academy in 2020 to teach middle school religion, one of the first things she wanted to know was what kind of service the school community conducted. After consulting the head of school, Dr. Jennifer Roy, and hearing how the coronavirus pandemic limited the types of activities that were possible, she decided to organize something that students, staff, and faculty could all safely participate in: a series of food drives held throughout the academic year.

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Cardinal celebrates feast of Divine Mercy at Salem shrine


SALEM -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley visited the St. John Paul II Shrine of Divine Mercy for the celebration of Mass on April 11, Divine Mercy Sunday. Formerly St. John the Baptist Polish Church, the St. John Paul II Shrine of Divine Mercy emphasizes the contributions of two Polish saints: St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, who received the commission of the Divine Mercy image in her visions of Christ, and St. Pope John Paul II, who instituted the Sunday after Easter as the feast of Divine Mercy.

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From Cardinal Seán's blog


As I left off last week, we were about to begin our celebrations of the Sacred Triduum. It was wonderful to once again be able to have the faithful present for our liturgies, and I was very encouraged to see that the cathedral was full to capacity for all of our celebrations.

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Ordination Class of 2021: Deacon Kevin Pleitez


This is the second in a series of articles profiling the five men who will be ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Boston at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on May 22. CHESTNUT HILL -- Deacon Kevin Pleitez felt he had everything he needed for a successful life.

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Webinar looks at ways to welcome parishioners back to Mass


BRAINTREE -- When will the coronavirus pandemic "end," and what will happen when it does? Those questions have been on people's minds for over a year and were addressed during a webinar about forming "A Welcome Back Plan for Your Parish" on April 12. The webinar was meant to give pastors and parish staff creative ideas for engaging with parishioners as the coronavirus pandemic becomes less severe.

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This week's edition » National News

A trade of false promises and economic illusions feed some migrants' dreams


CHALATENANGO, El Salvador (CNS) -- Life in the northern mountains of El Salvador is a tranquil as it can get: There's little traffic but an abundance of tropical birds, fruits and lush hills. It's great if you're on vacation, but not so great if you're trying to get an education or a job or trying to support a family in a village with almost no industry.

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This week's edition » International News

UPDATE: Police fire tear gas into Haitian bishops' Mass for freedom


MIAMI (CNS) -- A "Mass for the freedom of Haiti," led by Haitian bishops, turned violent at the end when police fired tear gas into the church. The Miami Herald reported the April 15 Mass in Pétion-Ville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, included the nation's 11 bishops and a packed crowd that overflowed into the streets.

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St. Teresa of Avila's life of prayer made her 'exceptional,' pope says


While St. Teresa of Avila was outstanding in many ways, her union with Christ through prayer made her an "exceptional woman," Pope Francis said. In a video message April 15 marking the 50th anniversary of the proclamation of St. Teresa of Avila as a doctor of the church, the pope said the Spanish saint's "audacity, creativity and excellence as a reformer are the fruit of the interior presence of the Lord."

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As pandemic worsens in Brazil, pope tells bishops to be one with people


Bishops in Brazil must remain united, among themselves and with their people, to overcome "one of the most difficult trials in its history," Pope Francis said. In a video message sent April 15 to the general assembly of the Brazilian bishops' conference, the pope encouraged the bishops to give hope and charity "especially to those most in need so that they may smile again."

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Jimmy Lai, Hong Kong Catholic media tycoon, jailed for 12 months


HONG KONG (CNS) -- Catholic media tycoon and philanthropist Jimmy Lai has been sentenced to 12 months in jail after being found guilty of unauthorized assembly. Ucanews.com reported he was among nine activists in court April 16 who earlier were found guilty of charges relating to pro-democracy demonstrations in the Chinese territory.

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UPDATE: London cardinal leads Catholics in mourning death of Prince Philip


MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster led Catholics of England and Wales in mourning the death of Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II. The president of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales issued a statement April 9, soon after the queen announced "with deep sorrow" that her husband of 73 years had died at the age of 99.

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