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Cardinal O'Malley calls new Mass. buffer zone law "unjust"

BRAINTREE -- Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley is calling a new law to create buffer zones around abortion clinics in Massachusetts "an unjust limitation on free speech." When it ruled on McCullen et Al. v. Coakley in June, the Supreme Court found that a 35-foot zone around abortion clinics put an undue restriction on the free speech of those advocating for human life. The court ruled the law unconstitutional by a vote of 9-0, but Massachusetts lawmakers scrambled to create a replacement within a month. Gov. Deval Patrick signed the bill into law July 30.

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Mears named new superintendent of Catholic Schools

BRAINTREE -- The Archdiocese of Boston announced July 25 that Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley has appointed Kathleen Power Mears as Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Boston. Mears will take the helm of the second-largest educational system in the Commonwealth, educating over 40,000 students in 119 schools last year, effective Sept. 15.

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75th Boston CYO Golf Tournament was a 'great success'

CANTON ? Andrew Boyle walked off with a hard-fought, 1-up victory over Michael Breviglia of Canton in the Senior Division of the 75th annual Boston CYO Golf Tournament. Boyle rallied from the eighth seed in the medal round to upset Breviglia for top honors in the oldest junior golf tournament in New England, held at Ponkapoag Golf Course in Canton July 21-24.

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Cardinal O'Malley urges prayers for Iraqi Christians

BRAINTREE -- In a July 25 posting on his blog, CardinalSeansBlog.org, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley reacted to recent incidents of persecution against Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere. He spoke particularly about a meeting that week between Pope Francis and Meriam Ibrahim, a Christian woman previously faced with a death sentence in Sudan for refusal to renounce Christianity. She had been imprisoned again upon attempting to leave the country after officials yielded to international pressure for her release, in July.

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Bishops: To end border crisis, address issues forcing people to flee

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- To end the U.S.-Mexico border crisis, the United States must address the flow of illegal drugs and arms and the harmful economic policies forcing children and families to leave Central America for the U.S., said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace.

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Sign of peace at Mass: Vatican says it stays put, but urges education

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The sign of peace at Mass has not always led to serenity among liturgists or within the congregations gathered each Sunday in Catholic churches around the world. After nine years of study and consultation, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments has told Latin-rite bishops around the world that the sign of peace will stay where it is in the Mass.

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Desperation of people in Gaza spurs violence, say cardinal, patriarch

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The president of Caritas Internationalis suggested Israeli and Hamas leaders pick up a pair of binoculars so they could see that "most of your victims are innocent people." Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, president of the Vatican-based umbrella organization for national Catholic charities, said peace is impossible without reconciliation, and reconciliation requires recognizing each other as human beings.

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Free from ordeal in Sudan, woman condemned for apostasy meets pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Meeting a Sudanese woman who risked execution for not renouncing her Catholic faith, Pope Francis thanked Meriam Ibrahim for her steadfast witness to Christ. The pope spent 30 minutes with Ibrahim, her husband and two small children July 24, just hours after she had arrived safely in Italy following a brutal ordeal of imprisonment and a death sentence for apostasy in Sudan.

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U.S. Jesuit named next head of Jesuit Refugee Service

ROME (CNS) -- Father Adolfo Nicolas, superior of the Jesuits, has named Thomas H. Smolich, outgoing president of the U.S. Jesuit Conference, to be the next director of Jesuit Refugee Service. The JRS international office in Rome announced the appointment July 29. Father Smolich will succeed German Jesuit Father Peter Balleis.

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