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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Kidnapped priest in Nigeria released, doing well

    Benin City, Nigeria, Oct 18, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Fr. Maurizio Pallù, an Italian missionary who was kidnapped in southern Nigeria last week, was freed Tuesday. He was freed late in the evening of Oct. 17, according to authorities, and is doing well.

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  • Benedict XVI's secretary denies rumors that he is close to death

    Vatican City, Oct 17, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Archbishop Georg Ganswein, the personal secretary of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, has rejected reports that the former pontiff is nearing death. Rumors of Benedict XVI being close to death circulated on social media following a quote attributed to Ganswein, which reads, “Pope Benedict is like a candle that fades slowly. He is serene, at peace with God, with himself and the world. He can no longer walk without help and can no longer celebrate Mass.”

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  • Faith brings hope even at moment of death, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Christians can find hope even at the hour of death, which faith teaches is not a closed door but a wide-open passage to a new life with Christ, Pope Francis said. While all men and women are "small and helpless in front of the mystery of death," Jesus' victory over death assures Christians of the joy of the resurrection, the pope said Oct. 18 during his weekly general audience.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Federal judge in Hawaii blocks Trump's new expanded travel ban

    HONOLULU (CNS) -- A federal judge in Hawaii Oct. 17 blocked the Trump administration's expanded version of its travel prohibitions issued in late September. In a 40-page ruling issued hours before the new travel ban was to take effect, U.S. District Court Judge Derrick K. Watson granted the state of Hawaii's request for a temporary restraining order and blocking Trump's order nationwide.

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  • Department of Justice announces settlement in HHS mandate suits

    Washington D.C., Oct 16, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- A week after issuing new religious freedom guidelines to all administrative agencies in the federal government, the U.S. Department of Justice has settled with more than 70 plaintiffs who had challenged the controversial HHS contraceptive mandate.

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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 Catholic priest kidnapped in Nigeria

    Abuja, Nigeria, Oct 16, 2017 ACI Prensa.- An Italian Catholic priest, who is a member of the Neocatechumenal Way, was kidnapped on Thursday by armed men in Benin City, Nigeria, according to media reports.

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