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From Cardinal Seán's blog


...I traveled to Cuba to be part of the celebration in honor of Cardinal Jaime Ortega, who is celebrating 50 years of priestly ordination. He has been the Archbishop of Havana for over 30 years. The local church there planned the celebration and, in solidarity with the Church in Cuba, a number of us from the United States went to be present including Bishop Octavio Cisneros, Archbishop Roberto Gonzales and Cardinal McCarrick. Mario Paredes from the American Bible Society, which recently sponsored a biblical exhibition in the Cathedral of Havana, was also with us.

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Priests gather for annual Vianney cookout


BRAINTREE -- For Father John Sassani, loving and serving Jesus Christ through the priesthood never struck him as work he could do alone -- only in collaboration with Christ and others through prayer.

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Bishop Rozanski installed as ninth bishop of Springfield


On a warm Aug. 12 afternoon, the Cathedral of St. Michael, the seat of the western Massachusetts Diocese of Springfield, was filled to capacity. Representatives of local government, interreligious and ecumenical delegates; people from the Pioneer Valley's parishes; men and women religious, deacons and priests from the local Church and from the Archdiocese of Baltimore; joined with bishops from around New England, Maryland and beyond, and with the bishop's parents and other family and friends from Maryland for the Installation Mass of Bishop Mitchell Thomas Rozanski.

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This week's edition » National News

Religious leaders say cable series 'a bigoted portrayal' of the Amish


HARRISBURG, Pa. (CNS) -- Pennsylvania religious leaders from a wide range of faiths and denominations have issued a joint statement criticizing the Discovery Channel for its reality-TV series "Amish Mafia," calling it a "negative, inaccurate and potentially damaging portrayal of Amish religion and culture."

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This week's edition » International News

At stadium Mass, pope tells Koreans to resist materialism


SEOUL, South Korea (CNS) -- Celebrating Mass before some 50,000 people, Pope Francis prayed that Christian values overcome demoralization in economically successful societies. "The hope held out by the Gospel is the antidote to the spirit of despair that seems to grow like cancer in societies which are outwardly affluent yet often experience inner sadness and emptiness," the pope said Aug. 15 in his homily at the World Cup Stadium in Daejeon.

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Pope says forgiveness key to reconciling divided Korea


SEOUL, South Korea (CNS) -- Addressing young people from Korea and other Asian countries on their concerns about the future, Pope Francis said the best hope for reunification of the divided Korean peninsula lay in brotherly love and a spirit of forgiveness.

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Asian youths inspired after pope spends extra time with them


DANGJIN, South Korea (CNS) -- About 6,000 young people from 30 Asian countries had Pope Francis all to themselves for several hours Aug. 15. The youths said they felt inspired after Pope Francis went off script to answer questions from pre-selected participants, watched a re-enactment of a modern-day prodigal son and also sat down to lunch with a small group at the Asian Youth Day conference in the Daejeon Diocese.

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Iraqi Christians beginning to die in hot, crowded camps, witnesses say


MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- Iraqi Christians driven from their homes by Islamic State fighters are beginning to die in crowded camps, witnesses claimed. Sahar Mansour, 40, who lectured in chemistry at the University of Mosul before she fled the city in June, said newborn babies, the sick and the elderly in the Ankawa refugee camp on the outskirts of Irbil are dying from diseases, thirst and malnutrition. Mansour now resides in the camp.

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Pope to U.N.: Act to end the tragedy in Iraq


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis formally asked U.N. agencies and the entire international community "to take action to end the humanitarian tragedy now underway" in northeastern Iraq. In a letter signed Aug. 9, but released by the Vatican only after it had been delivered, Pope Francis told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon immediate action was needed "to stop and to prevent further systematic violence against ethnic and religious minorities."

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Christian patriarchs denounce silence on persecution in Mideast


BEIRUT (CNS) -- Mideast Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs denounced the "total international silence" on the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and called for Muslim religious authorities to issue fatwas, or legal edicts, banning attacks against Christians and "other innocents."

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