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  • Senate defeats bill responding to Hobby Lobby ruling

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A Senate bill responding to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby failed to gain the 60 votes it needed to advance July 16. Had the bill passed, it would have had the potential to affect "all existing federal protections of conscience and religious freedom" when it comes to health care mandates, said the chairmen of two U.S. bishops' committees.

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This week's edition » Local News

New Mass. clinic access bill called 'unnecessary'


BRAINTREE -- In response to a unanimous Supreme Court decision in June striking down a law providing a 35-foot buffer zone around Massachusetts abortion clinics, state lawmakers have proposed a new bill that pro-life advocates say is unnecessary and will again curtail free speech.

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Bishop Edyvean retires as auxiliary bishop


On June 29 Pope Francis accepted the resignation as auxiliary of the archdiocese offered last October by Bishop Walter J. Edyvean. The date of the announcement, the solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul was also the thirteenth anniversary of the announcement of then Msgr. Edyvean's selection as titular bishop of Aeliae and auxiliary of the archdiocese.

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Pope Francis makes changes in Boston province


While The Pilot staff was on hiatus, Pope Francis has been busy making changes in the leadership of dioceses in the Boston province -- states of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. If there were an "official box" for these appointments it would be as follows:

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Harvard professor calls for 1000-minister anti-casino conference


CAMBRIDGE -- Stand For Democracy, a group of Harvard students, faculty, and alumni, brought together organizers, activists, community leaders, Harvard students, and faculty with members of the state's religious communities, July 15, to advocate for the good of communities opposed to casino gambling in their neighborhoods or adjacent communities.

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This week's edition » National News

Senate defeats bill responding to Hobby Lobby ruling


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A Senate bill responding to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby failed to gain the 60 votes it needed to advance July 16. Had the bill passed, it would have had the potential to affect "all existing federal protections of conscience and religious freedom" when it comes to health care mandates, said the chairmen of two U.S. bishops' committees.

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This week's edition » International News

Pope: Prayer is never in vain; work courageously, concretely for peace


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Praying for peace is never a useless exercise -- it keeps evil at bay and helps people not give in to violence, Pope Francis said. In response to "tragic events" unfolding in the Middle East in early July, the pope delivered "a heartfelt appeal to continue to pray with persistence for peace in the Holy Land."

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