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  • Family and friends remember Bishop John Boles

    BOSTON -- Friends, family and faithful from all over the Archdiocese of Boston came to pay respects to retired Boston auxiliary Bishop John P. Boles at Regina Cleri in Boston Oct. 14, honoring a man who served as bishop, priest and educator in his 59 years of service to the Church.

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Bishop Boles was 'was a beacon of warmth to all who met him'


Boston's senior former auxiliary bishop, the Bishop John P. Boles died Oct. 9, 2014 at St. Patrick Manor in Framingham. He was 84 years old. In an Oct. 9 statement, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley said, "Over the course of nearly 60 years of priesthood and 22 years of service as a bishop, Bishop Boles was a beacon of warmth to all who met him as he showed pastoral care and concern for the Catholic faithful and the wider community. He brought a sense of joy, kindness and fidelity to the Church that inspired us and provided an example for others to follow.

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Family and friends remember Bishop John Boles


BOSTON -- Friends, family and faithful from all over the Archdiocese of Boston came to pay respects to retired Boston auxiliary Bishop John P. Boles at Regina Cleri in Boston Oct. 14, honoring a man who served as bishop, priest and educator in his 59 years of service to the Church.

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St. Paul's Choir School celebrates release of Christmas CD


The boys of the St. Paul's Choir School proudly announced the release of their debut international recording, "Christmas in Harvard Square," on Oct. 7. "When I came to St. Paul's Choir School, I knew we would have the opportunity to sign beautiful hymns at Mass," said Christian Landry, a seventh grader at the school. "But I never thought we would have the opportunity to be professionally recorded and to have a CD sold around the world. How many other students our age have that awesome opportunity?"

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Bishops urge support of ballot casino repeal


Casino tycoons assure Bay Staters that they will bring jobs and revenue here, but opponents call their pledge a bluff. The people opposed to expanded gaming in Massachusetts, including the four Catholic bishops, urge citizens to vote "Yes" on Question 3, which would overturn the 2011 law that establishes three casinos and one slots parlor. Question 3 will appear on ballots statewide on Nov. 4.

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MLK niece to speak on pro-life cause in Boston next month


BOSTON -- The niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will travel to Boston in November to speak to Boston's Christian community on behalf of the unborn. Hosted by the Franciscans of Primitive Observance and St. Patrick Parish in Roxbury, Alveda C. King, will speak at a public event at the parish Nov. 8 in the afternoon. She will also speak that evening at an invitation-only event for an ecumenical group of Christian pastors from Boston.

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Report takes deeper look at statistics about women's religious orders


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A longtime trend of declining numbers of women in religious orders is unpacked a bit in a new study by Georgetown University's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate. In the report released Oct. 13, the social science researchers of CARA observed that the demographical story of women religious in the United States takes some disentangling.

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Court blocks law that had closed most Texas abortion clinics


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Supreme Court Oct. 14 blocked a Texas law that had meant all but seven of the state's abortion clinics were closed because they failed to meet new standards. The block will remain in effect while the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals considers a legal challenge to the law itself. It will allow at least 12 clinics that were closed to reopen.

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This week's edition » International News

Paul VI was pope of firsts, a pope of dialogue, cardinal says


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Retired Italian Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, who comes from the same diocese as Pope Paul VI did and worked for him in the Vatican Secretariat of State, described the late pope as a man rich in spirituality, a thinker and a pastor "very sensitive to the challenges of the modern world."

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Polish church: Pray for priest kidnapped in Central African Republic


WARSAW, Poland (CNS) -- Poland's Catholic Church has urged "constant prayers" for one of its missionary priests after he was kidnapped by rebels in the Central African Republic. "We still await news of his fate," Lidia Rutkowska of the Tarnow Diocese's mission office told Catholic News Service Oct. 17. "In the meantime, we've called on all Catholics to be united in prayer for him, and to join solidarity marches after Mass on this Mission Sunday."

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Family synod midterm report stirs controversy among bishops


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The official midterm report from the Synod of Bishops, which uses strikingly conciliatory language toward divorced and remarried Catholics, cohabitating couples and same-sex unions, has proven highly controversial inside and outside the synod hall, with some synod fathers saying it does not accurately reflect the assembly's views.

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Family synod midterm report: Welcome homosexuals, nonmarital unions


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In strikingly conciliatory language on situations contrary to Catholic teaching, an official midterm report from the Synod of Bishops on the family emphasized calls for greater acceptance and appreciation of divorced and remarried Catholics, cohabitating couples and homosexuals.

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