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  • Mass. bishops urge action on climate change

    BRAINTREE -- The bishops of the four Catholic dioceses of Massachusetts are expressing their shared concern about climate change and commitment to protecting the environment. In a joint statement issued Sept. 16, entitled "Embracing Laudato Si'," the bishops said, "In our home state of Massachusetts, we are blessed with inspiring natural beauty from the seashore on the east coast to the majestic mountain vistas in the west -- with rolling hills, vibrant communities and rich farmlands throughout the state."

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  • 2019 permanent deacon ordination class

    BOSTON -- Nine men will be ordained to the Order of Deacon by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Sept. 21. The formation program for deacons is a four-year process of discernment, study and prayer, which includes two courses a semester and one Saturday meeting a month for additional training and prayer. The program requires two retreats a year, one with wives and one together with their class. The program offers the men the option to complete their master's degree in theology after ordination with a few additional courses through St. John's Seminary.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Friday, we had our annual gathering of newly retired priests at the Pastoral Center. In the morning, they heard a presentation by Joe D'Arrigo and his staff of our Clergy Health and Retirement Trust, providing them with helpful information as they make the transition to the role of senior priest. Then, at noon, I joined them for lunch.

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  • What's your favorite prayer? Irish asked at Ploughing Championships

    BALLINTRANE, Ireland (CNS) -- When Pope Francis urged clerics to be so close to their flocks that they had the "smell of the sheep," he may not have had farms in mind. But visitors to Ireland's largest annual festival -- an agricultural show -- were invited to vote for the country's favorite prayer as part of the church's evangelization initiative.

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  • 'Grisly discovery' of fetal remains at doctor's home sparks outrage

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (CNS) -- The Sept. 13 disclosure that the preserved remains of over 2,200 aborted babies had been found at the rural Illinois home of the recently deceased Indiana abortionist Ulrich "George" Klopfer has sparked outrage and demands for immediate investigations by authorities.

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  • Despite human sinfulness, God's projects will endure, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Catholic Church will endure, despite the frailty and sins of its members, because it is God's project, Pope Francis said. Continuing his series of audience talks about the Acts of the Apostles and the early Christian community Sept. 18, Pope Francis looked at the story of Gamaliel, a Pharisee who tried to teach members of the Sanhedrin a key aspect of "discernment," which is not to rush to judgment, but rather to allow time for something to show itself as worthy or not.

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  • Prince Charles to attend Newman's canonization in Rome

    Vatican City, Sep 16, 2019 CNA.- Prince Charles will attend the canonization of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman next month. The heir to the British throne will travel to Rome to witness the canonization Mass of the first non-martyr English saint since the Reformation.

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  • Not all Catholics 'get' social justice, experts say

    PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- The term "social justice" is on the lips of many pastoral leaders these days. Dioceses, parishes and religious congregations usually have some sort of social justice coordinator, who advocates for faith-based responses to issues such as immigration, racism, poverty or climate change. But for all the discussion and outreach, do Catholics in the pews actually understand what social justice means?

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