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  • Chinese bishop forcibly removed from diocese still missing

    Vatican City, Jun 26, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- On Monday the Vatican issued a statement on the situation of the Chinese Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou, who has not been returned since being forcibly removed from his diocese by the Chinese state May 18.

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  • To understand Pope Francis, you have to understand the Jesuits

    Rome, Italy, Jun 25, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Discernment is one of the words Pope Francis repeats most, especially when speaking to priests and seminarians. He often expresses his desire for greater formation in discernment – a concept that may seem obscure without an understanding its importance to the Pope's Jesuit formation.

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  • Don't fear ridicule, persecution from sharing the Gospel, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Bringing the Gospel to the world isn't a walk in the park; it will lead to ridicule and contempt, even persecution, Pope Francis said. But Christians must never be afraid and must keep on going since "Jesus never leaves us on our own because we are precious to him," the pope said before praying the Angelus June 25 with people gathered in St. Peter's Square.

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  • Communicators must recognize value, importance of words, author says

    QUEBEC CITY (CNS) -- During the June 21-23 Catholic Media Conference in Quebec City, participants who received tips throughout the four days on writing, marketing, taking photos and engaging in social media were also urged to go back to the basics and understand something simple: the importance of words.

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  • Simulation puts participants 'In a Refugee's Shoes'

    BOSTON -- Many people looked confused, and some a little frustrated, as they wandered from station to station during Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston's "In a Refugee's Shoes" interactive simulation. But, organizers said, that was exactly what was supposed to happen.

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  • Catholic Charities hosts panel on refugee experience

    BOSTON -- Experts on immigration and refugees spoke on whether welcoming refugees is still an American value during a panel discussion held at Boston College High School, June 17, and hosted by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston.

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  • Seaport Shrine hosts prayer service for Sail Boston 2017

    SOUTH BOSTON -- Next to the tall ships in the harbor for Sail Boston 2017 and amidst the hustle and bustle of the crowds of people who had come to see them, a morning ecumenical prayer service for sailors was held at Our Lady of Good Voyage Shrine, June 18.

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  • Needham students 'Buzz Off' for cancer

    NEEDHAM -- Students at St. Joseph Elementary School in Needham are giving back in support of cancer patients. For the 5th year, a record number of more than 30 St. Joseph School girls, and a Monsignor Haddad Middle School student, donated their hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths to help girls and women with cancer receive wigs, June 8.

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  • 2017 Catholic high school graduations

    As the school year comes to an end, The Pilot congratulates all the members of the class of 2017 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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  • Father Francis J. Daly named pastor at Sharon parish

    A Hub native where he was born on Nov. 23, 1942, Father Francis J. Daly grew up in a strong Irish Catholic family in Boston's Allston section. He attended the parish school; Boston Latin School and entered the archdiocesan seminaries, first at Cardinal O'Connell in Jamaica Plain and then at St. John in Brighton. He was sent to Rome as a student at the Pontifical North American College and studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in the Eternal City.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Like the rest of the American public, I was shocked by the terrible shooting that took place earlier this week in Arlington, Virginia, where a group of Republican Congressmen were practicing for a charity baseball game against a team of their Democratic colleagues -- just the type of social interaction we need to see more of in our Congress, which has become so polarized and paralyzed by partisan differences.

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  • Former publisher of National Catholic Reporter wins Bishop England Award

    QUEBEC CITY (CNS) -- Thomas C. Fox, former publisher of National Catholic Reporter who started his journalism career as a correspondent while working with displaced Vietnamese in the 1960s, was given the Catholic Press Association's Bishop John England Award for publishers who defend their publication's First Amendment rights.

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  • Retired Archbishop Quinn of San Francisco dies at 88

    SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) -- Retired Archbishop John R. Quinn of San Francisco, who led the Northern California archdiocese for 18 years, died June 22 after a long illness. He was 88. The archbishop had moved to the Jewish Home of San Francisco from St. Mary's Medical Center June 16, but he "experienced difficulties with his breathing early this morning," San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone said in an announcement. "He was transported to the nearest hospital but could not be revived."

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  • US bishops launch 2017 Fortnight for Freedom

    Washington D.C., Jun 21, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- The U.S. bishops have launched a website and video to mark the beginning of this year’s Fortnight for Freedom, focusing on religious freedom issues both at home and abroad.

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  • Melkite Catholic Church elects new patriarch, a native of Syria

    BEIRUT (CNS) -- Bishop Joseph Absi was elected the new Melkite patriarch of Antioch, Alexandria, Jerusalem and All the East during the Melkite Catholic Synod at Ain-Traz, Lebanon. Melkite leaders elected Bishop Absi June 21, one day after his 71st birthday. A native of Damascus, Syria, he has served as patriarchal vicar in the Archdiocese of Damascus since 2007.

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  • Holiness means being open to God, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Being a saint doesn't require spending long hours in prayer, but rather living life open to God in good times and in bad, Pope Francis said. Christians should live with the "hope of becoming saints" and with the desire that "work, even in sickness and suffering, even in difficulties, is open to God," the pope said June 21 during his weekly general audience.

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  • Full text of dubia cardinals' letter asking Pope for an audience

    Vatican City, Jun 20, 2017 National Catholic Register.- Here below is the full text of the letter, signed by Cardinal Carlo Caffarra on behalf of the four dubia cardinals, asking Pope Francis for an audience to discuss deep concerns over the Pope’s apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love).

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  • Newark archdiocese defends welcoming of LGBT pilgrimage

    Newark, N.J., Jun 20, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Last month Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark welcomed a pilgrimage of self-identified LGBT pilgrims, with an archdiocesan spokesman saying it should be seen in the context of welcoming everyone, not as archdiocese sponsorship of the event.

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  • Experienced diplomat, Indian Cardinal Dias dies at 81

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A longtime diplomat and fluent in 17 languages, Indian Cardinal Ivan Dias died June 19 in Rome after a long illness. He was 81. Pope Francis called the cardinal a "wise and gentle pastor" who served the church and Vatican faithfully.

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