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  • Parish 'Mercy Sews' donations arrive in Africa

    BRAINTREE -- After sewing 270 dresses last year, the Mercy Sews ministry of the Holy Mothers Collaborative in Hanover and Norwell packed them up and shipped them to Africa on a cargo ship. After spending months traveling on the open waters and then weeks moving through the African continent, this month the dresses finally reached their intended recipients -- children in the Central African Republic.

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Parish 'Mercy Sews' donations arrive in Africa


BRAINTREE -- After sewing 270 dresses last year, the Mercy Sews ministry of the Holy Mothers Collaborative in Hanover and Norwell packed them up and shipped them to Africa on a cargo ship. After spending months traveling on the open waters and then weeks moving through the African continent, this month the dresses finally reached their intended recipients -- children in the Central African Republic.

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From Cardinal Seán's blog


I want to begin this week noting the passing of Father Michael Scanlan, TOR. He was an outstanding churchman who, in the 1970s, was named president of what was then the College of Steubenville. He truly re-founded the university and gave them an incredible impetus to train committed disciples in the Church.

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Regis students use break to serve communities near and far


WESTON -- Students at Regis have been busy during the winter break -- not skiing or snowboarding -- but doing community service. In the spirit of Regis' mission to serve the dear neighbor, students used their time off to help others. One group flew to Los Angeles to see first-hand the reality of poverty and homelessness by working with Homeboy Industries, a non-profit that gives ex-gang members a chance to become honest, active members of society. Another team of students traveled to New Orleans to rebuild homes affected by Hurricane Katrina, working with the St. Bernard Parish Housing Project.

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Holy hours give those at home opportunity to witness to life


BRAINTREE -- While not everyone may be able to travel to Washington D.C. for the Jan. 27 March for Life, special holy hours being held next week will give all those in the Archdiocese of Boston a chance to pray in solidarity with pro-life pilgrims and witness to the Gospel of Life.

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Schedule for 2017 Holy Hours for Life


The 9th annual Holy Hour for Life will be held in parishes and collaboratives across the Archdiocese of Boston throughout the week of Jan. 22, praying in solidarity with thousands of pilgrims going to Washington, D.C. for the 2017 March for Life.

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Catholic Schools Office launches new podcast


BRAINTREE -- While the Archdiocese of Boston's Catholic Schools Office has long taken advantage of diverse methods of communication to reach the local community, since December 2016 it has added yet another tool to its kit -- a podcast.

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This week's edition » National News

Faith groups urge Trump to embrace duty to protect environment


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Catholic groups were among dozens mobilizing to prevent any rollback of laws and international agreements protecting the environment in response to President-elect Donald Trump's campaign promises to undo directives that he believes hinder business development.

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Parishioners pray for mercy, end to death penalty on night of execution


FAIRFAX, Va. (CNS) -- As he was being executed by the state, the guilty thief turned to Christ and said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." Those hopeful, repentant words were repeated in the opening song of an execution vigil held at historic St. Mary of Sorrows Church in Fairfax Jan. 18. Twelve people gathered in the church to pray for convicted murderer Ricky Jovan Gray, for his victims and for an end to the death penalty.

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Autonomy can be 'seriously threatening' to common good, says cardinal


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Autonomy can be a force for good in the world, said Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, but it can also be "seriously threatening to human welfare and the common good." The Second Vatican Council endorsed autonomy in "Gaudium et Spes," its Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, when it defines that "created things and societies themselves enjoy their own laws and values which must be gradually deciphered, put to use and regulated by men," Cardinal O'Malley said.

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U.S. abortion rate at its lowest since 1973 Supreme Court ruling


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. abortion rate is down to its lowest level since the Supreme Court made abortion legal virtually on demand in 1973, and the rate is half of its early-1980s peak. According to a study issued Jan. 17 by the Guttmacher Institute, the abortion rate for U.S. women ages 15-44 is 14.6 per 1,000 in 2014, the last year for which statistics are available. The figure represents a 14 percent decline from the 2011 numbers, and less than half of the 1981 rate of 29.4 abortions per 1,000 women of child-bearing age.

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This week's edition » International News

God's forgiveness is call to sin no more, pope says


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- God forgives and forgets the faults of repentant sinners, unless they keep reminding him of their errors by pretending they have no need to change, Pope Francis said. The new covenant in Jesus Christ, the new relationship God wants to establish with each person, is sealed by being "faithful to this work the Lord does to change our mentality, to change our hearts," the pope said Jan. 20 during his morning Mass.

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Meeting pope, Irish prelates discuss ministry of bishop, abuse scandal


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Telling the bishops of Ireland that he wanted to hear their questions, concerns and even criticisms, Pope Francis spent almost two hours in conversation with them. In the continuing evolution of the "ad limina" visits bishops are required to make to the Vatican, Pope Francis met Jan. 20 with 26 Irish bishops and set aside a practice that began with Pope Benedict XVI: writing a speech to the group, but handing the text to them instead of reading it.

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