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  • Green Ribbon Commission addressing local climate challenge

    BRAINTREE -- While Mayor Marty Walsh represented Boston at a Vatican symposium on climate change this week, a group of institutional, civic and business leaders back home stood ready to help implement The City of Boston's plan address climate change and its potential impact on the city.

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  • Brothers celebrating anniversaries

    Brother Edwin Boissonneau, CFX Seventy-five Years Brother Edwin met the Xaverian Brothers as a freshman at Malden Catholic High School, transferring after that year to the St. Joseph Juniorate in Peabody, site of the current Northshore Mall, to finish his high school education there. After his religious formation and college education in Virginia and Maryland, he began his teaching career at St. Matthew School in Brooklyn. High school teaching and tennis coaching brought him from Brooklyn to Baltimore and, in several segments, to St. John's Prep in Danvers for 45 years. In addition, Brother Edwin was Professor of French at Xaverian College in Silver Spring, Maryland, and six years as a missionary in Mumias, Kenya. He retired to Xaverian House in Danvers in 1997, where he enjoys doing odd jobs for his 24 confreres.

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  • Trip from Boston to Cuba planned for visit of Pope Francis

    A group of about 135 Catholics from the Archdiocese of Boston will be among the hundreds of thousands who will greet Pope Francis when the pontiff visits Cuba in mid-September. "It should be just an amazing experience," said Robert Mahoney, president and chief executive officer of Belmont Savings Bank who is helping to organize the trip to the island nation.

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  • Nothing new about 'sustainability' in religious life

    WRENTHAM -- Pope Francis broke ground with his encyclical on the environment "Laudato Si'" in May, but the tradition of sustainable and even "green" living has deep roots in the life of the Catholic Church as evidenced by a local community of Trappistine nuns.

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  • Franciscan Missionary Sisters for Africa: Making a difference

    The Franciscan Missionary Sister for Africa began in 1903 in Uganda when Mother Kevin and five companions took the risk to leave country, family and friends and accepted the invitation to the unknown -- the beginning of a missionary venture that spanned oceans and cultures, binding peoples of Asia, Europe, North America and Goa in the great adventure of living the Gospel.

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  • Natural Family Planning (NFP) Awareness Week marked nationwide

    Natural Family Planning (NFP) Awareness Week, a national educational campaign of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, was celebrated this week. This annual campaign celebrates God's design for married love and raises awareness of Natural Family Planning (NFP) methods. The slogan for this year's NFP Awareness Week, "All Natural! Good for the body. Great for the Soul," was inspired by Pope Francis' recently released encyclical "Laudato Si," in which the Holy Father emphasizes the beauty and importance of developing an ecology that encompasses all of creation, including man.

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  • The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia: Gospel women making a difference

    The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia is a congregation of approximately 450 Catholic religious women who choose a Gospel way of life lived in community and uphold a long and honored tradition of loving God and being in relationship through loving service. It is the mission of the sisters to be committed to the needs of others, especially the economically poor, the marginal, and the oppressed. Choosing to live the Gospel in the prophetic spirit of Francis of Assisi and our foundress, Mother Francis Bachmann and with Jesus Christ as Brother, we live as sister with one another, with the entire human family, and with all creation. Calling ourselves and one another to continuous conversion of heart, we commit ourselves to a life of contemplation, poverty, and humility.

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  • Seminarian Spotlight: Huan Ngo

    Home town and state: East Boston, Mass. Seminary attending: St. John's Seminary, Third Theology High school: Boston Latin School College: Providence College What are some of the factors that led to your decision to enter the seminary and discern the question of a vocation to the priesthood?

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  • New provincial for Marist Brothers

    The Marist Brothers of the United States have elected Brother Patrick McNamara, FMS, as Provincial for a three year term effective June 2015. Brother Patrick succeeds Brother Ben Consigli, FMS who recently completed a six year mandate.

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  • Hundreds witness to life in Boston march

    BOSTON -- Pro-life supporters from all over the state rallied and marched in public witness despite rain and clouds, June 28, at the Massachusetts March for Life on Boston Common. "We gather here today with one voice to bear witness to the truth about life and the truth about love. Please Father, bless our gathering here today and, Lord, for every raindrop that we receive today, may a heart be converted for the Gospel of Life. Amen?" said Father Matt Williams, as the rally opened in prayer.

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  • Troutman named new director of Catholic Charities North

    BOSTON -- Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston (CCAB) announced June 29 that Frances Kellogg Troutman has joined the social services agency as Director of Catholic Charities North in Lynn. In her new position, Troutman will be responsible for the administration and fundraising efforts for diverse social service and educational programs serving more than 6,000 families at five locations on the North Shore.

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