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  • Eight ordained priests for Boston

    Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley welcomed eight men into the priesthood, May 20, during a Mass of Ordination at Immaculate Conception Church in Lowell. The 1,000 seat church was filled beyond capacity with family, friends, parishioners and clergy as the ordinands entered the church and took their seats at the front of the church according to the seminary in which they were formed: Fathers Jason Giombetti, Godfrey Musabe, Americo Santos and William Sexton from St. John's Seminary; Fathers Pablo Gomis and Wellington De Oliveira from the Redemptoris Mater Seminary; and Fathers Kevin Leaver and Michael Zimmerman from the Pontifical North American College.

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  • 17 receive Theological Institute degrees

    BRIGHTON -- The smiling face of 17 graduates of the Theological Institute for The New Evangelization shone brightly from under black graduation caps as they, together with friends and family, gathered at St. John's Seminary in Brighton for the 2017 commencement ceremony May 23.

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  • Forming the Future: Teaching service at St. Augustine School, Andover

    ANDOVER -- Eighth graders at St. Augustine School were given the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of others this year. Beginning in November, four students each week left their classrooms and were taken to Lazarus House, an emergency homeless shelter and food bank in Lawrence, where they helped prepare food for distribution.

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  • St. Clement School, Medford to close

    MEDFORD -- St. Clement School in Medford will be closing its doors at the end of the current school year in June. The school currently educates students in grades 6-12, as well as Pre-K. It had also maintained an elementary school until the end of the 2015-2016 year.

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  • Xaverian establishes scholarship honoring Franklin man who perished

    WESTWOOD -- A memorial scholarship fund for Michael J. Doherty has been established at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood. A 2015 graduate of Xaverian and a rising junior studying engineering at Duke University, Doherty went missing on May 14 after attending a party near his home in Franklin. An exhaustive manhunt ended May 20 when his body was discovered in a wooded area near Route I-495.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    I want to begin this week by noting the passing of Bishop Thomas Daily. Though a sad occasion, I was pleased to attend the services in Brooklyn. In addition to being the former Bishop of Brooklyn he was also a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston and was a member of the St. James society who served in Latin America. Of course, he also served as an auxiliary bishop here and as vicar general.

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  • Movies with Catholic themes to hit cinemas, video

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- New movies are in the works with distinctively Catholic themes. A documentary featuring the pope, "Pope Francis -- A Man of His Word," was bought by Focus Features for later theatrical release. And a dramatization of the Marian apparitions at Fatima, Portugal, starring American actor Harvey Keitel was announced May 18 by Arclight Pictures, at the Cannes Film Festival in France.

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  • Pope, President Trump speak of hopes for peace

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump spent 30 minutes speaking privately in the library of the Apostolic Palace May 24, and as the president left, he told the pope, "I won't forget what you said."

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  • New cardinal from Laos is ethnic Khmu known for kindness

    BANGKOK (CNS) -- Cardinal-designate Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun, who will become the first cardinal from Laos, is an ethnic Khmu, a hill tribe from northern Laos and southern China. When St. John Paul II named Cardinal-designate Ling as apostolic vicar of Pakse, Laos, in 2000, the cardinal-designate told ucanews.com, "I never dreamed that this appointment was possible." On May 21, Pope Francis named his to the College of Cardinals; he will be elevated in a consistory at the Vatican June 28.

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  • Knights of Columbus leader talks Pope Francis, Trump in new interview

    Bridgeport, Conn., May 23, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- The leader of the nearly 2 million-member Knights of Columbus recently spoke about the importance of his group's fidelity to Pope Francis, as well as his hopes for a successful upcoming meeting between the Roman Pontiff and U.S. president Donald Trump.

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  • Pope Francis' newest cardinals show a global Church

    Vatican City, May 22, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Only seven months after Pope Francis’ last consistory, he will create five new cardinals in June. He continues a pattern of finding cardinals at the peripheries of the world, from dioceses which have not traditionally had a cardinal.

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  • U.S. extends Temporary Protected Status for Haitians for six months

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Tens of thousands of Haitians enrolled under the Temporary Protected Status program can stay in the United States until at least January. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly renewed the designation May 22. The decision affects more than 58,000 Haitians in the U.S.

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  • Be prophets of joy, not misfortune, pope tells nuns

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Consecrated women are called to be prophets of hope and joy in the world and avoid putting on a superficial joy that withers the soul, Pope Francis said. In order to live out the joy of the Gospel, "it must be a true joy, not a counterfeit joy" that brings about "the cancer of resignation," the pope told a group from the Sister Disciples of the Divine Master.

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  • Irish president gives Pope Francis symbolic 'climate bell'

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Irish President Michael D. Higgins presented Pope Francis with a unique gift that symbolizes the call to protect creation. Following a private 15-minute meeting May 22 at the Apostolic Palace, Higgins presented the pope with a gold and white "climate bell."

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  • Pope announces new cardinals from Mali, Spain, Sweden, Laos, Salvador

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis announced he will create five new cardinals June 28; the new cardinals-designate come from Mali, Spain, Sweden, Laos and El Salvador. Unusually, the group of prelates announced by the pope May 21 includes an auxiliary bishop whose archbishop is not a cardinal; he is Cardinal-designate Gregorio Rosa Chavez, 74, the current auxiliary bishop of San Salvador.

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