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  • Bostonians march for life

    WASHINGTON -- Hundreds of pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Boston joined hundreds of thousands of advocates for human life from around the nation, Jan. 22, at the March for Life in Washington. Pilgrims from Boston numbered more than 800, the vast majority youth and young adults, while the march drew hundreds of thousands nationally.

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From Cardinal Seán's blog


Each year, Communion and Liberation sponsors a gathering in New York City, which they call the New York Encounter. This year's theme was "In Search of the Human Face" and the gathering was very much dedicated to the memory of my good friend, Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete.

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Bostonians march for life


WASHINGTON -- Hundreds of pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Boston joined hundreds of thousands of advocates for human life from around the nation, Jan. 22, at the March for Life in Washington. Pilgrims from Boston numbered more than 800, the vast majority youth and young adults, while the march drew hundreds of thousands nationally.

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Local pro-lifers hold annual rally


BOSTON -- Defenders of human life from conception to natural death converged on Faneuil Hall in Boston, Jan. 25, for Massachusetts Citizens for Life's (MCFL) annual Assembly for Life. Claudette P. Joseph, host and producer of "Petra Destinee" on Boston Neighborhood Network, served as emcee for the event. She introduced Rev. Nicholas Granitsas, pastor of the First Congregational Church in Revere, who set the tone of the assembly as he read Proverbs 31:8.

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Young adults rough it to attend march


WASHINGTON -- For all of those who travelled from Boston to Washington for the 2015 March for Life, the trip was a pilgrimage not a vacation, but for one Boston group the oft-repeated idea meant some additional sacrifices.

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New look at Milton parish


MILTON -- When Father Aidan Walsh first became pastor at St. Elizabeth Parish in Milton six years ago, he made himself a promise -- "If I ever have the opportunity to renovate this church, that's what I'll do."

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Local Catholic invited to attend State of the Union


LYNN -- Ludia Modi's service to her Lynn community earned her a trip to Washington D.C. and the opportunity to attend an address by the president of the United States. The 22-year-old AmeriCorps volunteer accompanied her congressman to President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech on Jan. 20.

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CRS examines sex ed publication alleged to violate church teaching


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Catholic Relief Services is investigating an allegation that a publication it used in connection with a program in Rwanda violates church teaching on human sexuality. A statement from the U.S. bishops' overseas relief and develop agency said that former and current staff are being questioned about the publication to determine how or if it was used in the small African nation in 2009 and 2010.

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Pope to dads: Play with your kids, be strong, loving, moral role models


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- When their lives are all work and no play, men turn their children into "orphans" who lack a father to guide them, show them love and teach them values, Pope Francis said. "They are orphans in a family because their fathers are often absent, also physically, from home, but above all because when they are home they don't act like fathers, they don't dialogue with their children, they don't fulfill their role as educators, they don't give their children, by way of their example and their words, those principles, values and rules of life that they need like bread," he said.

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Persecuted for faith, Christians are united in bloodshed, pope says


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Christians are united in bloodshed as they suffer from violence and persecution in various parts of the world, Pope Francis told Christian leaders. Today's martyrs are men and women, who through their witness to Jesus, are "persecuted and killed because they are Christian," the pope said Jan. 25 during an ecumenical prayer service marking the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

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Sainthood cause for Focolare founder formally begins


FRASCATI, Italy (CNS) -- Chiara Lubich, founder of the Focolare Movement, "lit a new light in the church's journey toward unity," Pope Francis said. In a message to hundreds of people gathered in the cathedral of Frascati Jan. 27 for the formal opening of Lubich's sainthood cause, Pope Francis expressed his hope that "the shining example" of her life and activity would strengthen Focolare members' faith and commitment to building up the unity of the church and friendly relations with members of other religions.

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