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  • New Orleans: Forever changed by Hurricane Katrina

    NEW ORLEANS (CNS) -- They are calling it "Kat 10" -- Hurricane Katrina plus 10 years -- which carries with it the double meaning of an ominous meteorological warning. How could a Category 5 storm that engulfed the entire Gulf of Mexico but dropped in intensity to a Category 3 just before landfall on Aug. 29, 2005 -- burying one of the world's most iconic cities in a flood of biblical proportions -- become the watershed moment in New Orleans' nearly 300-year history?

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From Cardinal Seán's blog


Last week I had the joy of presiding at the Mass to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St. Nicholas in Galway, Ireland. The reason I was asked to preside at the celebration was that 50 years ago this cathedral was built in Galway City with the help of Cardinal Cushing and the Irish of Boston.

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Boston joins nationwide Planned Parenthood protest


BOSTON -- "We have been silent too long," Father Michael McNamara told the more than 300 people praying and protesting outside the Planned Parenthood on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston. On Aug. 22, over 330 protests were held at Planned Parenthood (PP) locations across the country in a call to defund the organization that provides 30 percent of the nation's abortions. Four of those protests took place in Massachusetts cities -- Boston, Fitchburg, Springfield and Worcester.

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Presidential race stirs immigration debate


The nation's Catholic bishops are unequivocal in their support for immigration reform that would include a so-called pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants who are in the United States without legal documents.

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Relics of St. Maria Goretti to visit Cathedral in October


BOSTON -- The body of St. Mary Goretti will be brought to the Cathedral of the Holy Cross Oct. 5 as part of a historic first trip to the United States. The Treasures of the Church ministry will present the "Pilgrimage of Mercy: the Tour of the Major Relics of St. Maria Goretti" from September to November, with stops at 25 dioceses in 16 states, including New York, Boston, Newark, Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, and Oklahoma City. Hosts of the body will include parishes, schools, and prisons during the tour, which will be only the second time she has left Italy.

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Seminarian Spotlight: Kevin Staley-Joyce


Home town and state -- Boston, Mass. High School -- The Roxbury Latin School Seminary Attending -- Pontifical North American College, Fourth Theology 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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The Sisters of the Presentation of Mary -- Then and now


"My daughters will cross the seas," predicted Anne Marie Rivier, foundress of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary. Little did she know how many times and how many seas her sisters would cross in the more than 200 years since the Congregation's foundation.

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This week's edition » National News

New Orleans: Forever changed by Hurricane Katrina


NEW ORLEANS (CNS) -- They are calling it "Kat 10" -- Hurricane Katrina plus 10 years -- which carries with it the double meaning of an ominous meteorological warning. How could a Category 5 storm that engulfed the entire Gulf of Mexico but dropped in intensity to a Category 3 just before landfall on Aug. 29, 2005 -- burying one of the world's most iconic cities in a flood of biblical proportions -- become the watershed moment in New Orleans' nearly 300-year history?

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This week's edition » International News

Pope urges prayers for creation Sept. 1


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation should be a time for individuals to examine their lifestyles and the way they impact the environment, Pope Francis said. At the end of his weekly general audience Aug. 26, the pope asked Catholics and "all people of goodwill" to join members of the Orthodox Church in the special day of prayer Sept. 1.

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