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  • Pope beatifies Blessed Paul VI, the 'great helmsman' of Vatican II

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Beatifying Blessed Paul VI at the concluding Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis praised the late pope as the "great helmsman" of the Second Vatican Council and founder of the synod, as well as a "humble and prophetic witness of love for Christ and his church."

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From Cardinal Seán's blog


The tragic case of Brittany Maynard, the young woman with terminal brain cancer who has said she plans to end her life on November 1, has touched everyone's hearts. We want to hold her up in our prayers and encourage people to pray for her and to send messages of support so that she realizes that she is not alone in her suffering and hopefully will come to see that ending her life is not the solution. One way of showing such support is through the Facebook page weluvbrittany started by a priest in our archdiocese, Father Tony Medeiros. The page allows people to send Brittany messages of love and hope. I invite you to visit the page and show your support for Brittany.

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Bishop Boles laid to rest


CAMBRIDGE -- Bishops, priests, friends and family gathered at St. Paul's Parish in Cambridge, Oct. 16, as the Archdiocese of Boston commended the spirit of retired Boston auxiliary Bishop John P. Boles to his final repose in Jesus Christ.

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Mass. bishops back earned sick time ballot measure


BRAINTREE -- Bishops of the four Catholic Dioceses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts urged a "Yes" vote on Question 4 in a statement, Oct. 16, bearing the signatures of Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, Bishop of Worcester Robert J. McManus, Bishop of Springfield Mitchell T. Rozanski, and Bishop of Fall River Edgar M. da Cunha, SDV.

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'Hunger Chopped': Local chefs compete to support Catholic Charities


DORCHESTER -- Three professional chefs put their skills to the test during the Catholic Charities event "Hunger Chopped," Oct. 21, at the Yawkey Center in Dorchester. In an event to raise awareness for Friends Feeding Families, a Catholic Charities anti-hunger campaign, Nikki Christo, chef and owner of Blunch in Boston; David Verdo, executive chef at Chopps American Bar and Grill of the Marriott in Burlington; and Joshua Ingraham, executive chef of Boston Gourmet at the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood, faced off in a competition styled after the popular Food Network program "Chopped."

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Boston priest leads outreach to terminally ill woman


CHESTNUT HILL -- Two weeks ago, an online community formed to send love and hope to a complete stranger who is dying of brain cancer. On a website, Brittany Maynard, 29, of California, shared her condition and her plans to end her life through physician assisted suicide on Nov. 1. In a video posted there, she said that she hopes to pass peacefully and feels relieved that she does not have to "die the way the brain tumor would take me."

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This week's edition » National News

App brings God into digital environment, creates 'space' for meditation


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Amid the imposed and often fast-paced routine of everyday life, an app is giving people a reason to quiet their minds through light meditation and prayer. PeaceQuest is an immersive 3-D app designed to take users on a spiritual journey and allow them to establish a deeper connection with God and with themselves.

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This week's edition » International News

Pope beatifies Blessed Paul VI, the 'great helmsman' of Vatican II


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Beatifying Blessed Paul VI at the concluding Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis praised the late pope as the "great helmsman" of the Second Vatican Council and founder of the synod, as well as a "humble and prophetic witness of love for Christ and his church."

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Synod ends by affirming tradition, leaving controversial questions open


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- After several days of animated debate over its official midterm report, the Synod of Bishops on the family agreed on a final document more clearly grounded in traditional Catholic teaching. Yet the assembly failed to reach consensus on especially controversial questions of Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried and the pastoral care of homosexuals.

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Family synod's dynamics recalled the Second Vatican Council


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Even before the start of the Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family, observers were likening it to the Second Vatican Council of 1962-65. In both cases, an innovative and charismatic pope called an assembly in the first months of his pontificate, seeking to preach the Gospel in terms of contemporary culture and apply Catholic teaching with what St. John XXIII called the "medicine of mercy."

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Archbishop Kurtz urges more transparency at next family synod


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, said the October 2015 world Synod of Bishops on the family should return to the practice of previous synods in publishing participants' interventions, for the benefit of their discussions and the information of the outside world.

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Synod of Bishops sends message of encouragement to traditional families


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- On its last day of business, the Synod of Bishops on the family approved and released a three-page message expressing solidarity with Christian families around the world. The message, released Oct. 18, is distinct from the synod's final report, which the assembly was scheduled to vote on later the same day.

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