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  • Robots coming to a kindergarten near you

    BRAINTREE -- Programming robots might not sound like a task for the average kindergartener, but it's something students in 11 Catholic schools across the Archdiocese of Boston will soon be able to do with ease thanks to a new partnership between the archdiocese and KinderLab Robotics.

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Robots coming to a kindergarten near you


BRAINTREE -- Programming robots might not sound like a task for the average kindergartener, but it's something students in 11 Catholic schools across the Archdiocese of Boston will soon be able to do with ease thanks to a new partnership between the archdiocese and KinderLab Robotics.

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Group challenges 'Know Nothing' governor's anti-Catholic legacy


BOSTON -- For years, the portrait of the 19th century Massachusetts Gov. Henry Gardner has hung in the State House just outside the House of Representatives. But that, as well the legacy Gardner has left in the Massachusetts constitution, are things that Catholic advocates and the Pioneer Institute say need to change.

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Olympian known as honest, compassionate competitor motivated by faith


PORTLAND, Ore. (CNS) -- Galen Rupp is slowly chiseling his place in history. On the final day of the 2016 Rio Olympics Aug. 21, Rupp became the first American-born athlete to medal in the marathon in 40 years as he earned the bronze. As he crossed the finish line, the graduate of Central Catholic High School in Portland made the sign of the cross.

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20 years after welfare reform: Has it worked? If so, then how well?


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- It was Aug. 22, 1996, when President Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act -- known in shorthand as welfare reform. Clinton had campaigned for the presidency in 1992 on a pledge to "end welfare as we know it," but had vetoed two previous bills he thought too harsh.

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Retired Pope Benedict says it was his 'duty' to resign from papacy


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Retired Pope Benedict XVI said in an interview that he felt a "duty" to resign from the papacy because of his declining health and the rigorous demands of papal travel. While his heart was set on completing the Year of Faith, the retired pope told Italian journalist Elio Guerriero that after his visit to Mexico and Cuba in March 2012, he felt he was "incapable of fulfilling" the demands of another international trip, especially with World Youth Day 2013 scheduled for Brazil.

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Seminarians abroad: Study in Rome promotes cultural sensitivity


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Learning to walk in the shoes of a "foreigner" is not on the formal syllabus of the Pontifical North American College, but it happens. The students at the U.S. bishops' seminary in Rome know they have a place to eat, sleep, pray and study, but they still experience some of the uprootedness that many of their future parishioners have experienced. And, like many Hispanic Catholics at home, the Hispanic seminarians in Rome preserve and share their religious and culinary traditions with their classmates.

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