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Massachusetts bishops urge Congress to act on DACA

In a strongly worded statement, the bishops of the four dioceses of Massachusetts voiced support for young immigrants affected by the recent rollback of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and urged Congress to act to protect them.

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From Cardinal Seán's blog

Last Saturday (9/2) I had the joy of ordaining 12 Jesuit deacons at St. Ignatius Church in Chestnut Hill. The new deacons come from various Jesuits provinces, including three that are from Nigeria. The evening before, I joined the scholastics for dinner and Vespers at the Peter Faber House, the Jesuit community at Boston College. We are very blessed to have so many young Jesuits here who come to Boston to study at Boston College for many of their provinces throughout the world. During their time here, all of them were assigned work in various parishes of the archdiocese. Many of them are from countries that have a large immigrant population in Boston, so it's particularly helpful for us to have them present, helping out in our parishes.

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Bishops' statement on DACA

[Editor's Note: The four Roman Catholic bishops of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have drafted a statement urging Congress to protect the DACA program that was recently terminated by President Trump. DACA is an immigration policy established by the Obama administration that allows some individuals who entered the country illegally as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit, that was recently terminated by President Trump.]

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Mass and candlelight vigil honor Sept. 11 victims

Gold Star families, veterans, members of the community, and parishioners of Our Lady of Good Voyage gathered at the newly erected shrine on the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks for a Mass of Remembrance and candlelight vigil.

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Prison ministry brings Middlesex inmate to baptism

BILLERICA -- Derek Elledge didn't know if he had been baptized as a child, but to him, that didn't really matter. What he did know was that now, as a middle-aged adult, he heard the Holy Spirit calling him, and it was calling him to enter the Catholic faith.

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Conference on liturgical formation to be held in W. Peabody parish

WEST PEABODY -- Dom Alcuin Reid, one of the foremost scholars of the history and ceremonies of the Roman Liturgy, will visit Massachusetts next week to share his expertise with local Catholics. A native of Australia now stationed at a monastery in southern France, Dom Alcuin is the featured speaker at the upcoming Culmen et Fons Conference on Liturgical Formation, to be held at St. Adelaide's Church in West Peabody from Sept. 18 to 22.

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This week's edition » National News

Bishop defends Jesuit priest after seminary withdraws invitation

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A U.S. bishop vigorously defended Jesuit Father James Martin when a prominent U.S. seminary canceled an invitation it had extended to the well-known author, who was to speak about Jesus at an October event, after fringe groups unhappy with the priest's recent book about the church and the gay community mounted a series of attacks.

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This week's edition » International News

Mary was a 'courageous woman' up to the end, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Mary was a courageous woman who stood by Jesus even when the crowds turned against him and even though she knew he would face a tragic death, Pope Francis said. "At the very end, she is there, standing, looking at her son" on the cross. "Maybe she heard comments: 'Look, there is the mother of one of the three delinquents.' But she remains. Silent. She is the mother, she does not deny her son," the pope said Sept. 15 in his homily during a morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

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