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  • Middle East peace center of meeting between Francis, Abbas

    Vatican City, Jan 14, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas visited the Vatican Saturday before inaugurating his country’s new embassy to the Holy See, where he met with Pope Francis for a discussion focused largely on peace efforts in the Middle East.

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  • New embassy a sign of pope's love for Palestine, President Abbas says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas thanked Pope Francis for his support of the country's new embassy to the Holy See. "This is a sign that the pope loves the Palestinian people and loves peace," Abbas told the pope Jan. 14 before heading to the inauguration of the Palestinian embassy to the Holy See in Rome.

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  • Catholic panel addresses need to find common ground with Trump administration

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Catholic panelists gathered to discuss "Faithful Priorities in a Time of Trump" said it is difficult to get over some of the words the president-elect said during the campaign -- and even before he was a candidate. But as his presidency nears, many of them said it's important to find ways to work with him for the common good.

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  • Bishop disappointed with change in U.S. policy to Cuban refugees

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The chairman of the Committee on Migration at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said he was disappointed with President Barack Obama's new policy ending a long-standing agreement that allowed Cubans who arrive in the U.S. without visas to remain in the country and gain legal residency.

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  • Events mark Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

    BRAINTREE --The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has existed for a century and is present worldwide, but it will be dramatically different this year in Greater Boston. From Jan. 18 to Jan. 25, UniteBoston will be coordinating a series of ecumenical events around the Greater Boston Area, all of which Catholics are invited to attend.

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  • Bishops still have hope Congress will pass immigration reform

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Despite the apprehension over policies that could be enacted by a Republican-led Congress acting in accord with a Republican president in Donald Trump, the U.S. Catholic bishops remain hopeful that Congress will pass an immigration reform bill.

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  • Catholic priest found dead in northern Mexico

    MEXICO CITY (CNS) -- A Catholic priest has been found dead in northern Mexico, marking another attack on clergy in a country where the widespread violence of the past decade has not spared church leaders.

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  • Upcoming synod needs young people's voices, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis asked young people to tell him, their bishops and pastors about their hopes and struggles and even their criticisms. In preparation for a meeting of the Synod of Bishops focused on youth, the pope wrote a letter to young people, saying the church wants "to listen to your voice, your sensitivities and your faith, even your doubts and your criticism."

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  • Historic sacramental records going online

    BOSTON -- Those searching for church records of their ancestors may soon find that task much easier, as the Archdiocese of Boston and the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) have partnered to make a vast amount of historic sacramental records available online.

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  • Xaverian achieves $20M capital campaign goal

    WESTWOOD -- "Called to Lead: The Campaign for Xaverian," the largest fundraising effort in the history of Xaverian Brothers High School, has been hugely successful, already reaching its initial $20 million goal.

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  • Boston area religious hold prayer vigil for Human Trafficking Awareness Day

    BRIGHTON -- In 2007 the U.S. Senate designated Jan. 11 as a National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness in an effort to raise consciousness about this global, national and local issue. For the ninth consecutive year, local Catholic sisters representing congregations in the greater Boston area gathered with over 100 sisters, associates, and friends on Jan. 8, the Sunday closest to Jan. 11, to mark this national day and pray for an end to human trafficking, also known as modern-day slavery.

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  • Electoral College electors to speak at Spellman Museum

    Are you still confused about how the Electoral College works? Do you think we should keep it or ditch it? Want to meet actual electors? Two residents of Weston, Nazda Alam and Joseph Mullin, who have been electors to the Electoral College, will speak at the Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History on the Regis College campus in Weston on Jan. 19 at 7:30 pm. The program is free and open to the public.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    At this time I wish to extend our prayers and support to all who were impacted by the shooting at Ft. Lauderdale airport this afternoon; those who lost their lives, those wounded and injured, and their families and loved ones. We also pray for those who witnessed this traumatic event. As always, we are grateful for the bravery of the civil authorities who are the first responders and work every day to protect and defend us.

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  • English bishop: Speaking about sexual morality like talking to alcoholic

    LONDON (CNS) -- Trying to preach sexual morality in Britain has become "like arguing with an alcoholic" because of the angry reaction in the face of reason, an English bishop said. "After a while, they won't argue with you on grounds of reason, they just become furious and respond that way," Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth told Catholic News Service Jan. 11. "There is something in our culture increasingly like that."

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  • What's behind Pope Francis' meeting with the Palestinian president

    Vatican City, Jan 11, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Pope Francis' private audience with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas this Jan. 14 will be a delicate diplomatic moment for the Holy See.   Mahmoud Abbas heads to Rome to inaugurate the new Palestinian embassy to the Holy See, one year after the Holy See-Palestine agreement took effect and made official the Holy See's recognition of the State of Palestine.

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  • Vatican ambassador predicts Trump will drop campaign rhetoric

    Vatican City, Jan 11, 2017 CNA.- Ken Hackett is preparing to wrap up his term as U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See as Donald Trump's presidential inauguration looms next week. And while he says no one can predict what Trump will do in office, he expects the fiery campaign talk to simmer down once the “reality of governing” sets in.

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  • Autonomy can be 'seriously threatening' to common good, says cardinal

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Autonomy can be a force for good in the world, said Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, but it can also be "seriously threatening to human welfare and the common good." The Second Vatican Council endorsed autonomy in "Gaudium et Spes," its Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, when it defines that "created things and societies themselves enjoy their own laws and values which must be gradually deciphered, put to use and regulated by men," Cardinal O'Malley said.

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  • Order of Malta questions legitimacy of commission established by pope

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The leadership of the Order of Malta denied the legality of a Vatican investigation into the forced resignation of the group's former grand chancellor, but the commission established by Pope Francis said it "is completely legitimate and authorized" to investigate the matter and inform the pope.

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