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  • Bishops approve new hymn texts for the Liturgy of the Hours

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. bishops voted to approve close to 300 new hymn texts for the Liturgy of the Hours. The Nov. 12 vote was 205-5 with two abstentions. The proposal needed two-thirds of the Latin-rite bishops to vote yes, or 164 votes. They must now receive confirmation from the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments.

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  • Bishops OK new edition of Program of Priestly Formation

    BALTIMORE (CNS) -- The U.S. bishops Nov. 12 adopted the sixth edition of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Program of Priestly Formation for U.S. dioceses and religious orders. The vote on the document, popularly known among the bishops as "the PPF," was 226-4, with three abstentions. It needed two-thirds of the bishops, or 179 votes to ensure passage. Before it can be implemented, it must first receive a "recognitio," or approval, from the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy.

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  • U.S. bishops examine challenges faced by church, society

    BALTIMORE (CNS) -- On the agenda for the U.S. bishops' Nov. 11-13 meeting in Baltimore were elections and discussions of key challenges in the church and the nation. Unlike recent previous meetings, their response to the clergy abuse crisis was mentioned but was not the primary focus.

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  • Bolivian bishops say Morales' resignation was not a coup

    MEXICO CITY (CNS) -- Bolivia's bishops called for calm after the country's president resigned suddenly in the face of swelling street protests over accusations of electoral fraud. They also insisted the departure of President Evo Morales "is not a coup," even though the military had urged him to step aside.

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  • Revised Program of Priestly Formation formally introduced to bishops

    BALTIMORE (CNS) -- The U.S. bishops heard Nov. 11 of plans to revise the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' existing Program of Priestly Formation for U.S. dioceses. The revision was introduced by Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, chairman of the bishops' Committee for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, on the first day of their Nov. 11-13 fall general assembly in Baltimore.

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  • Ministry, mission, communion key points in nuncio's talk to U.S. bishops

    BALTIMORE (CNS) -- The bishop's ministry and mission, and how he forges communion, was the message in Archbishop Christophe Pierre's address to the U.S. bishops Nov. 11 in Baltimore. The "ad limina" reports submitted to the Vatican in advance of U.S. bishops' meetings with Pope Francis and curial officials -- indeed, a handful of bishops were already in Rome for these visits -- "provide a clear picture of how the church in the United States is carrying out its mission," said Archbishop Pierre, the Vatican's nuncio to the United States.

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  • O'Malley: Vatican may 'soon' release details of McCarrick investigation

    BALTIMORE (CNS) -- In a brief presentation Nov. 11 to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Boston's Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley told the bishops gathered in Baltimore the Vatican may publish what it knows about the ascent to power of now-disgraced former U.S. Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick by Christmas, or perhaps the New Year.

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  • Federal judge halts Trump administration conscience protection rule

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- A U.S. District Court judge's Nov. 6 ruling that halts a Trump administration conscience protection rule for health care professionals leaves them "vulnerable to being forced to perform, facilitate or refer for procedures that violate their conscience," said the senior counsel for the First Liberty Institute.

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  • Remote vote: New York bishops on 'ad limina' will cast USCCB ballots

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- While other U.S. bishops are preparing for their general meeting in Baltimore Nov. 11-13, the bishops of New York state are packing their bags for Rome. The bishops of Albany, Brooklyn, Buffalo, New York, Ogdensburg, Rochester, Rockville Centre and Syracuse are scheduled to make their visits "ad limina apostolorum" -- to the threshold of the apostles -- Nov. 11-16.

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  • English cardinal: Priests would die rather than break seal of confession

    MANCHESTER (CNS) -- Catholic priests would die rather than break the seal of confession to report child abusers to the police, said an English cardinal. Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster told the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse that the English and Welsh bishops would reject any attempts to compel priests to report Catholics who admit to committing sexual abuse during confession.

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  • Bishop Francis X. Irwin laid to rest

    MEDFORD -- The funeral Mass for retired Auxiliary Bishop Francis X. Irwin took place on Nov. 2, All Souls Day, at St. Raphael Church in Medford, which was filled with dozens of his friends, relatives, and colleagues.

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  • Defeat of ROE Act urged at Statehouse rally

    BEACON HILL -- Speakers from across the country, including an adult woman who survived her mother's abortion, joined local pro-life organizations for Massachusetts Citizens for Life's third annual Celebration of Life at the Statehouse on Oct. 30.

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  • Language immersion program offered to Catholic school employees

    The Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Office (CSO), as part of its focus on enrollment and family engagement, is entering its second year of providing full scholarships for Catholic school faculty and staff to enroll in the intensive summer Language Schools at Middlebury College, located in Middlebury, Vermont.

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  • St. Francis Chapel marks 50 years of ministry

    BOSTON -- Tucked away in a corner of the Prudential Center, St. Francis Chapel has been a quiet refuge of prayer amidst the busyness of the Back Bay since 1969. Cardinal Richard Cushing established St. Francis Chapel, along with other "workers' chapels," to make the sacraments available where people lived and worked. The Oblates of the Virgin Mary have run St. Francis Chapel since 1983, offering daily Mass, confessions, Eucharistic adoration, and spiritual direction.

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  • Conca named Xaverian High headmaster

    WESTWOOD -- The Xaverian Brothers High School Board of Trustees announced Oct. 30 that it had unanimously voted to promote Dr. Jacob Conca to the position of headmaster, effective Nov. 12. Conca succeeds Brother Daniel Skala, CFX, who was elected General Superior of the Congregation of St. Francis Xavier this August.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    This was a sad week for the Archdiocese of Boston, as we saw the passing of two of our former auxiliary bishops. Bishop Richard Lennon, who retired as Bishop of Cleveland in 2016, died on Tuesday. Most members of the public in Boston will likely know Bishop Lennon for his relatively brief period of service as Apostolic Administrator from the end of 2002 until my arrival in 2003, but his service in the archdiocese went far beyond that. In addition to his years in parish ministry, Bishop Lennon served in the Office of Canonical Affairs, as West Region bishop, the rector of St. John's Seminary, and as Vicar General. He was well known for his assiduous work ethic and his great love for the Church and the People of God.

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  • No nukes: Pope expected to take aim at new arms race during Japan trip

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis' top aide made no secret of what will be on the pope's mind when he visits Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, Nov. 24: "the total elimination of nuclear weapons." In a late September visit to the United Nations, the aide, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, spoke repeatedly and passionately about the need to stop manufacturing, testing and stockpiling nuclear weapons.

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