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  • USCCB, Catholic groups, politicians back Mississippi in court abortion case

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Catholic leaders, pro-life organizations, Republican members of Congress and several governors are among those on a long list of supporters backing Mississippi's ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy and urging the court to reexamine its previous abortion rulings when it takes up this case in the fall.

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  • Two Catholic groups: No vaccine mandate without conscience protections

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Two Catholic organizations issued statements in July urging against imposing a coronavirus vaccine mandate without conscience, religious or medical exemptions. In a poll of its members, the Catholic Medical Association said in a July 28 statement that all who responded "voiced moral/ethical objection to the use of aborted fetal cell lines in development, testing and/or production of all three currently available vaccines."

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  • World's oldest cardinal, biblical scholar Cardinal Vanhoye, dies at 98

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- French Cardinal Albert Vanhoye, a well-known New Testament scholar and the world's oldest cardinal, died in Rome July 29, just five days after celebrating his 98th birthday. In a message of condolence, Pope Francis praised the cardinal as "a zealous religious, spiritual son of St. Ignatius, expert teacher, authoritative biblical scholar, esteemed rector of the Pontifical Biblical Institute, (and) diligent and wise collaborator of several dicasteries of the Roman Curia."

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  • St. John's Seminary honors distinguished alumni

    BRIGHTON -- As part of its commemoration marking its 20th anniversary of offering lay formation, St. John's Seminary has granted Distinguished Alumni Awards to five graduates of its lay degree programs in recognition of their service in evangelization.

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  • Planning Office for Urban Affairs shares $1.2M award to aid trafficking victims

    BOSTON -- Representatives from the Planning Office for Urban Affairs (POUA) and Health Imperatives joined Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy and Community Development Undersecretary Jennifer Maddox on July 15 for the announcement of a $1.2 million affordable housing award from the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

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  • Pandemic restrictions impact parish pilgrimage plans

    BRAINTREE -- The coronavirus pandemic caused delays, postponements, and outright cancellations of all kinds of plans over the course of 2020, including the practice of going on pilgrimages. Now, as travel becomes safer, pilgrimage leaders are once again planning international trips while learning to adapt their plans to evolving circumstances.

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  • Fall River seminarian develops apologetics website

    FALL RIVER (CNA) -- A seminarian and former graphic designer has created the Auspice Maria website as an initiative of the new evangelization. John Garabedian, a seminarian of the Diocese of Fall River, told CNA his goal is "to present old truths in new, creative, engaging ways and use my talents and professional experience of being a graphic designer for God's glory and lead them with beauty to the Source of Beauty, God Himself."

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  • From Cardinal Se├ín's blog

    Last Saturday, I was happy to attend the Rite of Profession of three new Capuchin friars at St. Augustine's Church in Pittsburgh -- the very place where I took my vows and was ordained. These men have finished their novitiate and have taken their temporary vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, and are living the rule of St. Francis and the Constitution of the Capuchin Friars.

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  • Lawsuit brings sex abuse allegations against New Hampshire bishop

    Rockville Centre, N.Y. (CNA) -- Bishop Peter Libasci has been accused in a lawsuit of committing sexual abuse while a priest in New York during the 1980s. The Bishop of Manchester is accused in a July 14 lawsuit of abusing a male youth on numerous occasions in 1983 and 1984. Bishop Libasci has not spoken out publicly on the allegations, but the Diocese of Manchester says the matter has been reported to civil authorities.

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  • Wellesley Police charge McCarrick with assault in case dating to 1970s

    BOSTON (CNS) -- The Boston Globe reported July 29 that police in the Boston suburb of Wellesley have charged former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick with three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 in a criminal complaint filed by Wellesley Police in a district court in nearby Dedham, Massachusetts.

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  • Bishops say Spain trying to 'dismantle the Christian worldview'

    Spain's Catholic bishops warned of growing division and tension in their country over government attempts to "deconstruct and dismantle the Christian worldview." "We are in a difficult moment, not only because of COVID-19, but because we are convulsed by a deep institutional crisis, with some groups seeking to open a new constitutional phase and replace a political framework that has given Spain great stability," the bishops' conference said.

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  • Pro-life advocates hope new flag becomes unifying symbol of movement

    BALTIMORE (CNS) -- The rainbow flag is an instantly recognized symbol of the LGBTQ movement, just as the Thin Blue Line flag is synonymous with support for law enforcement. Now, leaders in the pro-life community hope a new flag featuring baby's feet held in a mother's hands will serve as the universal symbol for protecting the lives of the unborn.

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  • Bad blood: Old rivalry revives at Vatican property trial

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- On the first day of his trial at the Vatican, Cardinal Angelo Becciu turned to members of the press behind him to comment on the grueling seven-hour hearing. "I am serene, I feel calm in my conscience, I have faith that the judges will know well the facts, and my great hope is that certainty they will recognize my innocence," Cardinal Becciu said July 27 after the hearing concluded.

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  • As anniversaries approach, Japan's bishops call for prohibition of nukes

    TOKYO (CNS) -- Catholic bishops in Japan called for the prohibition of nuclear weapons as they announced a 10-day prayer program marking the anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. "Protecting all life makes peace," said the message from Archbishop Mitsuaki Takami of Nagasaki, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Japan, announcing the prayer program that will run Aug. 6-15.

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  • Eucharist document should unite, not divide, the church, panelists advise

    The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in the middle of drafting a teaching document on the Eucharist, received words of advice from a panel convened July 28 to discuss the challenges facing the American church as it emerges from the coronavirus pandemic and seeks to overcome divisions that threaten church unity.

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