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Boston Greek Orthodox leader shares experience of papal trip

BROOKLINE -- Metropolitan Methodios, leader of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston, recently returned from a trip to Istanbul, Turkey where he witnessed first-hand a historic meeting between Pope Francis and Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople.

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From Cardinal Seán's blog

In this Holy season of Advent the Church's message is one of hope and peace. It is a time for reflection, prayer and reaching out to those in need. These themes -- hope, peace and compassion -- are urgently needed in our nation as we pray for the Brown and Garner families and all who have been impacted by the turmoil of recent weeks. Issues concerning race in our society call for recognition of our shared humanity. We are all well served by productive dialogue and cooperation between the members of our communities and those in public service. Each person's dignity must be respected and protected, while the safety and good of all people is upheld. We are grateful for the thoughtful leadership shown by Governor Patrick, Mayor Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner Evans as citizens have expressed their concern that there be effective means of providing social justice, equality of opportunity and respect for all. May peaceful dialogue on these important issues be a source of betterment for our society.

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A sacred space for prayer, faith sharing, outreach

In Lowell, Massachusetts, Sister Linda Greenwood, OSF, and Sister Kenan (Kay) Rebholz, OSF, are two Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi who serve in a variety of roles vital to meeting the spiritual needs of today's faithful. San Damiano House of Prayer is located just off of Pawtucket Street, where Fanning Street meets the Northern Canal of the Merrimack River. In 1999, the property was offered to the congregation for one dollar, and Sister Linda believed it was what she was seeking to establish: a house of prayer. "I believe that we are a haven tucked away in a little corner of the world. It is like a cave that Francis of Assisi would have loved, especially when he wanted to break away from his outer world, in order to find again his true self ...."

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Local men spread devotion to Jesus' Sacred Heart

FAIRHAVEN -- Every Catholic family in Massachusetts is invited to open their doors and hearts to Jesus. The Men of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in Fairhaven enthrone homes in order to spread the devotion of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. They say that the enthronement ceremony brings peace, promotes prayer and strengthens family bonds. They have seen the benefits in their own homes and the 50 homes they visit each year. They would like to share the devotion's graces with many more.

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BC High students advocate for unaccompanied immigrant children

Thirteen Boston College High students, led by Christopher Hayes of the school's religious education department and Michael McGonagle, vice principal for Ignatian Mission and Identity at BC High, joined more than 1,000 other attendees at the 17th annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice in Washington, D.C. last month.

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Archdiocesan wrap-up of Thanksgiving Day high school football games

As the fall football season comes to an end, congratulations to Xaverian Brother High School in Westwood for winning the Catholic Conference title, Division 1/South title and ending an undefeated season with the Division 1 super bowl championship on Dec. 6. Congratulations to Central Catholic in Lawrence for winning the Merrimac Valley Title; congratulations to Bishop Fenwick in Peabody for winning the Division 5/North title and to Cathedral in Boston for winning the Division 6/North title.

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Preparing for Christmas one papal homily at a time

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As Advent got underway, Pope Francis included in his morning Mass homilies specific graces Catholics should pray for as they prepare for Christmas. In the chapel of his residence Dec. 2, Pope Francis ended his homily by telling the small congregation, "Let us ask the Lord during this Advent time to draw us closer, closer to his mystery and do so on the path that he wants us to take: the path of humility, the path of meekness, the path of poverty, the path of recognizing we are sinners."

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