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  • 13 permanent deacons ordained for Boston

    SOUTH END -- As he ordained 13 new permanent deacons at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Sept. 20, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley recounted the history of the diaconate and his appreciation for their ministry.

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From Cardinal Seán's blog


I have spent much of this week in Rome for meetings with the Holy Father and the group of cardinals advising him. He was with us for all the meetings except for Wednesday morning, when he always gives his weekly audience. In our previous meetings, we have spent much of our time addressing issues surrounding the economic offices of the Holy See, as well as reviewing the various congregations and pontifical councils. With this meeting we continued to look at the different dicasteries, and the way they fulfill their mission in the context of the challenges we face in the areas of family life and social justice. We also began working on the new Constitution that will reform the Roman Curia. We are hoping to offer the Holy Father a text early next year to allow him time get wider further input as he prepares the final document.

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Public Safety Mass honors those who serve


SOUTH END -- Bagpipes flared and drums beat as law enforcement and emergency personnel led the procession into the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Sept. 21, for the first Mass for Public Safety Personnel and Families held in 13 years to honor those who serve, especially those fallen in the line of duty.

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13 permanent deacons ordained for Boston


SOUTH END -- As he ordained 13 new permanent deacons at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Sept. 20, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley recounted the history of the diaconate and his appreciation for their ministry.

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Ballot issues draw attention of Catholic advocates in election year


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A highly contentious national election cycle in 2012 came with its share of issues of concern to the Catholic Church. Measures on statewide ballots regarding same-sex marriage, benefits for immigrants, assisted suicide, abortion and health care were among the issues that were a focus of advocacy by local churches.

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Senate action urged to stop coverage of abortion in health care plans


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Members of Congress and pro-life leaders Sept. 18 criticized the federal government for failing to ensure federally subsidized health plans will not cover elective abortions. "Health care should always support the dignity and life of the human person. It can never be about taking a life," said Melissa Swearingen, adviser and spokeswoman for the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky.

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Traditionalist leader meets at Vatican to discuss reconciliation


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The leader of a breakaway group of traditionalist Catholics met with Vatican officials Sept. 23 for the latest in a long series of reconciliation talks. Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St. Pius X, met for two hours with Cardinal Gerhard L. Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican said in a statement.

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Vatican puts former nuncio accused of sex abuse under house arrest


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican has placed a laicized papal ambassador under house arrest as he awaits a criminal trial for sexually abusing young boys. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, released a statement Sept. 23 regarding the case of former Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, a Pole who served as nuncio to the Dominican Republic until August 2013.

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