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Workers rally in Boston for living wage

BOSTON -- As workers took to the streets of Boston, April 14, as part of a national and international mobilization to push for a living wage, the Church was there to support them. Boston organizers held events the day before the two-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, while other cities in the country participated on April 15. According to organizers with the #WageAction coalition the event brought 5,000 supporters into the streets of Boston, and spread the next day to more than 200 cities in the United States, 100 cities in 40 countries, and spread over six continents.

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From Cardinal Seán's blog

Having just returned from meetings in Rome, I was sad to learn of the passing of Cardinal Francis George today. He waged a courageous battle with cancer while continuing to serve the people of God in his hometown of Chicago with love, humility and an abiding commitment to the Church. We all owe him a debt of gratitude for his outstanding service to the United States Bishops' Conference as our president. ...May his soul and all the souls of the faithfully departed rest in peace.

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Christian unity focus of cardinal's address at Evangelical college

WENHAM, Mass. -- ''Tell us about your faith in Jesus Christ." That simple question on a college application had a profound impact on Dominic Paradis. Paradis, a cradle Catholic, said that invitation demonstrated how faith pervades the culture at Gordon College, an Evangelical school in Wenham. He said of Gordon professors and staff, "They are genuine, virtuous and care about you."

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Forming the Future: Trinity Catholic Academy's STREAM program

What do science, art, English, math, religion and technology all have in common? According to eighth grader Jason Dias, from Trinity Catholic Academy in Brockton, the answer is "Everything!" This year Dias, and all the seventh and eighth graders at Trinity Catholic Academy, are learning the inter-connectivity of these subjects as part of their STREAM curriculum, thanks in part to a $100,000 grant from the Catholic Schools Foundation. Students tackle one basic question, such as, "How can we work to ensure that all God's creatures have access to clean, safe and potable water throughout our world," and seek answers through science, technology, religion, English, art and math.

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Ordination class of 2015: Deacon Christopher Lowe

This week is the second installment in the series profiling each of the five men who will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on May 23. At the age most men begin dreaming about their retirement, Deacon Christopher Lowe is embarking on a new phase of his life: the priesthood.

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Boston Carmel -- solitude in the city

Boston Carmel was founded in 1890 from the Carmel of Baltimore, one hundred years after the latter was established as the first foundation of religious women in the United States. In November 1889, Archbishop John J. Williams of Boston was in Baltimore to preside at the opening Mass of the Catholic Congress celebrating the Centennial of the Catholic Hierarchy.

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Pope accepts resignation of Bishop Finn

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri, who was convicted in 2012 on one misdemeanor count of failing to report suspected child abuse.

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Pope: Everyone loses when culture doesn't care about marriage, family

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- God's plan for fruitful, everlasting unions between a man and woman has been lost in a world filled with skepticism, distrust and hostility, Pope Francis said. A culture that does not value "the stable and life-giving covenant between a man and woman is certainly a loss for everyone. We must bring honor back to marriage and the family," he said April 22 during his general audience in St. Peter's Square.

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Pope to visit Cuba first before heading to United States in September

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis will visit Cuba in September before his trip to the United States. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, told reporters April 22 that the pope has "received and accepted the invitation from the civil authorities and bishops of Cuba" and has decided to visit the island before going to the United States.

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