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Text of MCC's oral testimony on ROE Act

Following are the prepared texts of oral testimony on House Bill 3320 and Senate Bill 1209, known collectively as the ROE Act, presented by representatives of the Massachusetts Catholic Conference to the Massachusetts Legislature's Joint Committee on the Judiciary, June 17.

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From Cardinal Seán's blog

Last Saturday, we had the joy of ordaining seven transitional deacons at the Cathedral the Holy Cross. These are men who, next year, will be ordained priests. It is always a happy moment for the Church to be ordaining men to ministry.

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Emmanuel celebrates Sister Janet Eisner's 40 years as president

On May 30, more than 400 guests attended a gala on Emmanuel College's campus to celebrate President Sister Janet Eisner, SNDdeN -- the country's longest-serving woman college president currently in office. Since her inauguration in 1979, Sister Janet has led Emmanuel through a time of innovation, achievement and growth, consistently bringing the college's mission to life and keeping it relevant for new generations of students.

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Brothers celebrate jubilees

Several brothers of different congregations of men religious are celebrating significant anniversaries of religious profession and years of service here in the archdiocese and elsewhere. Some have spent decades in education, while others have served in a variety of other pastoral ministries. Congratulations to all the jubilarians; and thanks for your years of consecrated life and service.

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'Bella' star keynotes Redemptoris Mater Seminary gala

QUINCY -- The 10th annual Redemptoris Mater Seminary Gala Dinner, held at the Boston Marriott Hotel in Quincy on June 16, featured a little bit of everything: from a Hollywood actor to a mariachi band; from seminarians singing popular songs by Mumford and Sons to Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley leading a chant in Latin.

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Congratulations, graduates of the Class of 2019

As the school year comes to an end, The Pilot congratulates all the members of the class of 2019 who graduated from Catholic high schools within the Archdiocese of Boston. This year's roundup of commencement exercises is presented alphabetically by school.

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This week's edition » National News

Vatican official praises Catholic media for coverage of sex abuse crisis

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (CNS) -- In a remarkably frank and detailed speech, the Vatican official heading the department charged with reviewing clergy sexual abuse allegations told an assembly of Catholic journalists that his investigators and the press "share the same goal, which is the protection of minors, and we have the same wish to leave the world a little better than how we found it."

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Catholic schools diverge over status of teachers in same-sex unions

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Two Catholic high schools in the Indianapolis Archdiocese took different actions in late June over employees who are in same-sex marriages. Cathedral Catholic High School announced June 24 that it was firing a gay teacher to avoid "forfeiting" its Catholic identity just three days after the Indianapolis archbishop announced "with great sadness" that Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School was no longer recognized as a Catholic institution because of its refusal to dismiss a gay employee.

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House passes spending bill that would overturn pro-life policies

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The House of Representatives passed a bill June 19 that will overturn at least nine pro-life policies, including reinstating taxpayer-funded abortion domestically and abroad, according to Republican Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey. The bill passed 226 to 203, with every Republican voting against it.

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Archbishop joins pope in calling for talks to resolve U.S.-Iran tensions

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Amid rising tensions between the United States and Iran, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services called on President Donald Trump's administration to seek "sustained dialogue ... to de-escalate the current situation that is a danger to both the region and the world."

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Vaccines preserve 'moral health' of communities, say church experts

ALBANY, N.Y. (CNS) -- Measles, chicken pox and other diseases are making a comeback as more parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children out of the fear of side effects, especially with regard to the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine. Skeptics are concerned it leads to sickness autism or death.

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This week's edition » International News

Paris archbishop celebrates first Mass in Notre Dame since fire

PARIS (CNS) -- The archbishop of Paris wore a hard hat as he celebrated the first Mass in Notre Dame Cathedral since a huge blaze devastated the landmark building in April. The Mass was celebrated in the Chapel of the Virgin June 15 by Archbishop Michel Aupetit to mark the anniversary of the consecration of the cathedral's altar, an event that usually takes place June 16 each year.

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