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  • Vatican report calls U.S. women religious to continued dialogue

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A massive, detailed Vatican-ordered investigation of U.S. communities of women religious ended with a call to the women themselves to continue discerning how best to live the Gospel in fidelity to their orders' founding ideals while facing steeply declining numbers and a rapidly aging membership.

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From Cardinal Seán's blog


I am writing to you this week from Rome, where I have been for much of this week for meetings with the Holy Father. But before I left, on Friday (12/5) I went to St. Augustine School in Andover for the celebration of their 100th anniversary. We blessed the cornerstone for the school's new gymnasium, followed by Mass in the parish church with the entire school. The parish is run by the Augustinians and the pastor there is Father Peter Gori. The school was founded by the sisters of Notre Dame, and there is still a presence of the sisters at the school. A century is a great landmark, and the school is thriving and continues to expand. I was very happy to be a part of this very joyful celebration. We were also pleased that a number of parents were able to join the celebration along with the students and teachers.

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West End tree lighting honors the faithful and the fallen


WEST END -- The 50th anniversary of the Regina Cleri residence for retired priests was among the people and events of 2014 that was remembered at the 19th Annual Christmas Tree Blessing and Lighting in Cushing Memorial Park, nearby the residence on Cambridge Street in Boston.

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Gospel, Prophecy, Hope: Consecrated life in today's Church


A dove supports on one wing a polyhedral globe, and while resting on the water, it safeguards with the other wing three stars that arise from the water. The Logo for the Year of Consecrated Life expresses through symbols the fundamental values of consecrated life. In it we recognize the "unceasing work of the Holy Spirit, who in every age shows forth the richness of the practice of the evangelical counsels through a multiplicity of charisms. In this way too he makes ever present in the Church and in the world, in time and space, the mystery of Christ" (Vita Consecrata 5).

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Record number to attend archdiocese's Pilgrimage for Life


BRAINTREE -- The Archdiocese of Boston is set to have another record number of youth and young adults attend the March for Life in Washington this year. More than 840 have registered with the Archdiocese of Boston's Pilgrimage for Life to attend the march, which is held each January to mark the anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision.

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Nominations sought for Mass. General Cancer Center's 'the one hundred'


BOSTON -- The Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center is now accepting nominations for ''the one hundred,'' an awareness and fundraising initiative that celebrates hope in the cancer community. Each year, the Mass General Cancer Center honors 100 caregivers, researchers, philanthropists, advocates and volunteers whose commitment to the fight against cancer inspires people from across the country and around the globe to take action. Launched in 2008, 700 remarkable individuals, organizations and groups have, to date, been designated the one hundred honorees. The Mass General Cancer Center is now looking for the next 100.

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Pope Francis continues to take 'the world by storm'


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- During the second year of his pontificate, Pope Francis was still feeling the love, and not just from Catholics or those from his homeland of Argentina. A Pew Research Center study released Dec. 11 showed that the pope has broad support across much of the world. Sixty percent of the 43 nations polled had a positive view of the pontiff.

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This week's edition » International News

Vatican report calls U.S. women religious to continued dialogue


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A massive, detailed Vatican-ordered investigation of U.S. communities of women religious ended with a call to the women themselves to continue discerning how best to live the Gospel in fidelity to their orders' founding ideals while facing steeply declining numbers and a rapidly aging membership.

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Pope names second abuse survivor, global experts to protection panel


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis expanded his papal commission on child protection to include a second survivor of abuse and more experts from around the world. The Commission for the Protection of Minors, which Pope Francis established one year ago, adds four more women and four men from five continents to the now-17-member body.

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Pope to create new cardinals in February


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis will create new cardinals Feb. 14, following a two-day meeting of the world's cardinals that will discuss reform of the Vatican bureaucracy, among other issues. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, made the announcement Dec. 11. The names of the new cardinals are likely to be announced in mid-January, he said.

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