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Cardinal O'Malley appoints Mears as superintendent of Catholic Schools


BRAINTREE -- The Archdiocese of Boston announced July 25 that Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley has appointed Kathleen Power Mears as Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Boston. Mears will take the helm of the second-largest educational system in the Commonwealth, educating over 40,000 students in 119 schools last year, effective Sept. 15.

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Mall chapels bring faith to the marketplace -- literally


BRAINTREE -- Speaking in 2013, Cardinal O'Malley said, "Thomas a Kempis said if there was only one Mass celebrated once a year, in one place, by one priest, everyone in Christendom would spend their whole life trying to get there, to be able to attend Mass at least once during their life, but we have Mass everywhere -- even in the malls."

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Vatican phone call bolsters faith of grieving Wakefield mother


WAKEFIELD -- For Wakefield resident Stephanie Nicolo Mother's Day this year was similar to others she and her family have celebrated in the past. She, her son Eric Daigle and a family friend enjoyed the special day by having dinner at a nice restaurant in Boston. She had no idea at the time that this Mother's Day would be their last together.

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This week's edition » National News

Obama's order bans discrimination based on workers' sexual orientation


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- President Barack Obama's executive order of July 21 has installed workplace rules forbidding the firing of employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity by the federal government and federal contractors -- a key provision in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act languishing in Congress.

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This week's edition » International News

Pope calls for prayers as militants chase all Christians out of Mosul


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As the last Iraqi Christians in Mosul fled the city, Pope Francis urgently called for prayers, dialogue and peace. "Violence isn't overcome with violence. Violence is conquered with peace," the pope said before leading thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square in a moment of silent prayer July 20.

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Stop targeting civilians, archbishop tells Israelis, Gaza fighters


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican representative to the U.N. Human Rights Council urged the Israeli military and fighters in the Gaza Strip to stop targeting civilian areas. "As the number of people killed, wounded, uprooted from their homes, continues to increase in the conflict between Israel and some Palestinian groups, particularly in the Gaza Strip, the voice of reason seems submerged by the blast of arms," Archbishop Silvano Tomasi said July 23 during a special session of the council in Geneva.

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Jerusalem patriarch: Don't punish all Gaza Palestinians because of Hamas


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- It is impossible for Israeli military to target Hamas missiles without hitting civilians in the Gaza Strip, said Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem. People might not agree with Hamas, which controls Gaza, but "we cannot punish all the population because you do not agree with Hamas," he told Catholic News Service in Washington July 23.

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