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    Below is a background document on gun violence published by the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in Jan. 26, which organized by the USCCB Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development in collaboration with four other USCCB departments and 16 national Catholic organizations. -- Ed.

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From Cardinal Seán's blog


Before sharing information about my events and activities of the past week, it must be recognized that our nation continues to recoil from the horror of the killings that took place in Orlando. As the names of those whose lives were taken during the attack were made known and family members and friends shared their grief, our shock at the unprovoked killings gave way to recognition of the depth of the loss. In particular, the gay and lesbian communities in Orlando, here in Boston, throughout the United States and throughout the world were understandably devastated by this targeted assault. The archdiocese shares in their sorrow and concern. There is no place in the Church or society for hate and vilification of any person or group of persons. All people are created in the image and likeness of God, blessed with the gift of human dignity that calls for our respect and love.

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Local group prepares to head to World Youth Day


BRAINTREE -- Even as World Youth Day 2013 was coming to close in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Archdiocese of Boston's Office of Lifelong Faith Formation and Parish Support has been busy planning for next worldwide gathering of Catholic youth to be held next month in Krakow, Poland.

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St. Julia Parish steps up to aid local refugees in need


WESTON -- Responding to Pope Francis' message of mercy in this Jubilee Year, parishioners from St. Julia Parish in Weston and Lincoln donated approximately $69,000 to Catholic Charities of Boston to help keep four locally residing refugee families from becoming homeless.

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Religious Brothers celebrate jubilees


Seventieth Brother Bonaventure Scully, CFX Brother Bonaventure entered the Xaverian Brothers from his native Baltimore on February 15, 1946. His ministry in education began at St. John Preparatory in Danvers, and continued at St. Xavier High School, Louisville, Ky. and Xaverian High School, Brooklyn, N.Y. His administrative responsibilities started as Principal of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Wheaton, Md., and continued later as Director of Schools for the Archdiocese of Denver and the Diocese of Memphis, then as Rector at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind.. Brother Bonaventure was the first President of NARB (National Assembly of Religious Brothers) now called Religious Brothers Conference. Brother is retired and resides at Xaverian House, Danvers.

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This week's edition » National News

A mercy and peacebuilding approach to gun violence


Below is a background document on gun violence published by the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in Jan. 26, which organized by the USCCB Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development in collaboration with four other USCCB departments and 16 national Catholic organizations. -- Ed.

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Blueprint of Catholic response to Orlando: Pray, act, show solidarity


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- As Orlando, Florida, and the nation moves on from the shock of the June 12 nightclub attack, many are finding that there is no set path to find solace. But in the midst of collective mourning over the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, the Catholic Church had something to say not only about the senseless attack on human life but also about finding peace in troubled times and showing solidarity with the suffering.

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This week's edition » International News

CRS, other agencies helping Iraqis fleeing Fallujah fighting


LONDON (CNS) -- Catholic Relief Services and other international aid agencies are working with local Christian and Muslim charities to help about 70,000 people fleeing Fallujah, Iraq, as conflict deepens between Islamic State militants and Iraqi forces seeking to regain the beleaguered town in Anbar province.

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Vatican, World Youth Day officials release pope's Poland itinerary


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis will visit the Nazi death camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau during his visit to Poland for World Youth Day in Krakow. He will also commemorate the 1,050th anniversary of Christianity in Poland, pray at the icon of the "Black Madonna" of Czestochowa, and hear confessions and have lunch with some of the young people attending the youth day gathering.

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Unity, honor and hope on pope's agenda for Armenia


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis said he would travel to Armenia June 24-26 to promote closer bonds with the Armenian Orthodox church, honor the Armenian people's steadfast faith in the face of tragedy and support them in their efforts to build a peaceful future.

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Pope offers prayers as pan-Orthodox council opens on Crete


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church opened with only 10 of the 14 Orthodox churches represented, Pope Francis offered his prayers. After reciting the Angelus prayer June 19, the pope had thousands of visitors in St. Peter's Square join him in praying a Hail Mary for "all of our Orthodox brothers and sisters."

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