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  • 'Saints of Mercy' relics installed at Pru chapel

    BOSTON -- One by one, dozens of people kneeled down to pray before the three reliquaries, golden and shining softly from the lights in Prudential Center's St. Francis Chapel, and containing relics of the three 20th century "Marian Saints of Mercy" -- St. Faustina, St. Maximilian Kolbe, and Pope St. John Paul II.

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This week's edition » Local News

St. Mary's Center receives $1 million gift


DORCHESTER -- During an Oct. 12 press conference, St. Mary's Center for Women and Children in Dorchester announced the largest single corporate gift the center has ever received -- a $1 million donation match offer from Amazon.

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'Saints of Mercy' relics installed at Pru chapel


BOSTON -- One by one, dozens of people kneeled down to pray before the three reliquaries, golden and shining softly from the lights in Prudential Center's St. Francis Chapel, and containing relics of the three 20th century "Marian Saints of Mercy" -- St. Faustina, St. Maximilian Kolbe, and Pope St. John Paul II.

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From Cardinal Seán's blog


Wednesday (10/11) we had our board meeting of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the archdiocese. We heard some very encouraging reports about all their activities. Earlier that day we had just hosted our annual Mission Education Day for Catholic school students, which is presented by one of the Pontifical Mission Societies -- The Missionary Childhood Association. I was very happy to celebrate morning Mass for them in our Bethany Chapel. We were joined at the Mass by Father Dermot Roache from the SMA Fathers and Father Jim DiPerri who was there with his student choir, which did a fabulous job singing for us at the Mass.

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Cardinal addresses immigration crisis at Red Mass


BOSTON -- In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, a lawyer and "expert in the law," asks Jesus who his neighbor is. Jesus tells him about a man who has been beaten and stripped of his possessions and left to die lying on the side of the road. A priest walks by, looks at him, and continues on. A Levite does the same. Finally, a Samaritan, a person who would have been considered an outsider at that time, stops and aids the wounded man.

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Workshop to educate parish staff on addiction crisis


BRAINTREE -- A free workshop meant to educate and provide resources on addiction to clergy and parish staff will be held at the Pastoral Center in Braintree, Oct. 26. Called "Bringing Christ into Recovery," the workshop will begin and end in prayer, and will feature short talks by a number of mental health and addiction recovery professionals. A free lunch, which will include time to network, will also be provided.

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This week's edition » National News

Advocates find there's little to like in White House immigration plan


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- There's little, if anything, that immigrant advocates like in the Trump administration's latest immigration plan. The 70-point Immigration Principles and Policies was sent to Congress Oct. 8. The wide-ranging document calls for a major tightening of immigration laws; raising the standard of proof for asylum seekers; and limiting family members of current immigrants who can enter the country.

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Sessions' memo praised for reaffirming laws protecting religious liberty


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' memo on religious freedom issued for all federal agencies and departments to follow "helpfully reaffirms that the law protects the freedom of faith-based organizations to conduct their operations in accordance with their religious mission," a U.S. archbishop said.

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This week's edition » International News

Minister general: Pilgrims imitate Franciscans' Holy Land hospitality


JERUSALEM (CNS) -- Franciscans serving in the Holy Land have had an impact on Christian pilgrims, said Franciscan Father Michael Perry, minister general of the order. "The Franciscans' care for pilgrims, their attention to detail, their efforts to demonstrate the love of God, the mercy of God through different religious services and ... how they welcome people in hospitality houses, these become elements that people themselves, Christians and others, take back to (their) countries," said Father Perry.

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Franciscans in Holy Land sow peace, fraternity, respect, pope says


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Franciscans assisting the Christian minority and caring for the churches and shrines in the Holy Land are "ambassadors" of all the people of God, Pope Francis said. Marking the 800th anniversary of the order's presence at the places where Jesus was born, lived and died, the pope sent a letter to the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land, an administratively autonomous province of the Franciscan order.

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Italian priest kidnapped in Nigeria freed


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Italian Father Maurizio Pallu, who was kidnapped by several gunmen in Nigeria and held captive for nearly a week, was freed Oct. 17. Father Pallu, a 63-year-old missionary affiliated with the Neocatechumenal Way, and a group of pilgrims were on their way to Mass in Benin City Oct. 12 when they were ambushed.

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