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Mass. Knights install new state officers

DORCHESTER -- New state officers stepped into their roles in the Massachusetts State Council of the Knights of Columbus at an installation Mass at St. Ann Church in Dorchester, Sept. 7. State Chaplain Bishop Robert Hennessey celebrated the installation Mass.

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From Cardinal Seán's blog

Last Thursday, (8/28) I was visited by Jeff Robbins and Robert Trestan, who are president of the board and the executive director of the New England Anti-Defamation League. Also with us was Father David Michael of our Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. We meet periodically, and at this meeting we spoke about a number of current events including a recent rise in anti-Semitic acts, particularly in Europe but also in our local area. People seem to be targeting the Jewish community to express their disapproval of what they see happening in the Middle East. Going forward, we are working to bring together a group of local religious leaders to assess the wellbeing and mutual concerns of the different faith communities they represent.

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Historic day at historic place

In a holy place where the mortal remains of pioneer priests of the archdiocese are buried beneath its floor, the chapel of St. Augustine in the cemetery of the same name in South Boston was the site of an ordination of deacons.

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Local Grey Nuns select new leadership

After discernment and sharing with each other and with Congregational Leader Sister Jacqueline St. Yves, SGM, the Sisters of Charity of Montreal (more widely known as the "Grey Nuns") are happy to announce that Sister Jeanne Poor, SGM has been appointed Coordinator for the sisters of St. Joseph Area, for a three year mandate effective Aug. 15, 2014. This is a second call to leadership for Sister Jeanne, who previously had a very fruitful double mandate in that position from 2001 to 2008.

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Local students named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

BRAINTREE -- Nine students from schools in the Archdiocese of Boston were announced, Sept. 10, as National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships begun in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program, run by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, by taking the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.

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Pope appoints Father Oliver as secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis appointed two U.S. priests to top positions at the Vatican for dealing with the sexual abuse of minors. The pope named U.S. Father Robert W. Oliver to be the new secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, and appointed Jesuit Father Robert J. Geisinger to replace Father Oliver as the promoter of justice at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith -- the Vatican's chief prosecutor of sex abuse crimes.

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Pope says war is senseless slaughter, can always be avoided

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- War is just "senseless slaughter" and should never be seen as inevitable or a done deal, Pope Francis said. "War drags people into a spiral of violence which then proves difficult to control; it tears down what generations have labored to build up, and it sets the scene for even greater injustices and conflicts," he said in a written message to a world summit of religious leaders.

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