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From Cardinal Seán's blog

I want to begin this week asking all of you to pray for the family of Ryan Morrissey, a teenager from Charlestown who attended St. Clement High School in Medford and was a victim of gang violence. He was a young man who had nothing to do with that world of gangs and drugs, but was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. He and a friend were shot coming out of a convenience store near his home last Wednesday. This type of senseless violence and the proliferation of guns in our community is a very serious problem and it is a great sorrow to see young people's lives ended so senselessly. We pray for his family, his classmates at the school, and all his friends and acquaintances who are very much affected by this young man's untimely death.

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Local Catholic organizations make list of top women-led businesses

BRAINTREE -- Two women leading Catholic organizations within the Archdiocese of Boston have been named to a list of "2014 Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts" published last month. Deborah Kincade Rambo, president of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston, appeared at number 13, while Sister Jacquelyn McCarthy, CSJ, CEO and administrator at Bethany Health Care Center appeared at number 89 on the list compiled by The Globe Magazine and the Commonwealth Institute.

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This week's edition » National News

Postal Service says Christmas stamp offers message of hope, wonder

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. Postal Service unveiled its new Christmas stamp for the upcoming holiday season with a message that it hopes will continue beyond Dec. 25. The stamp dedication ceremony took place Nov. 19 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington in front of about 50 spectators. The new stamp features the three Magi, perched on camels, being guided by the star of Bethlehem as it rises in the east.

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Ignatian event marks 25th anniversary of Jesuits' murder in El Salvador

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Over 1,600 representatives from Jesuit institutions and other Catholic organizations joined together for the 17th annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice Nov. 15-17 to mark the 25th anniversary of the murders of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter in El Salvador Nov. 16, 1989.

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Legislative menu: Full plate for new Congress and new majority at table

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The next Congress, with Republicans in the majority in both chambers, will have a full plate of unfinished legislation when it convenes in January. It's always possible, though, that the post-election lame-duck session could represent an appetizer of sorts to clear up stalled legislation -- or an un-appetizer, if the same gridlock that has stymied bills in recent years rears its ugly head once more.

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This week's edition » International News

Pope calls abortion, euthanasia, IVF sins 'against God the creator'

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis denounced a "false compassion" that would justify abortion, euthanasia, artificial reproduction technologies and medical research violating human dignity. And he urged medical doctors to "go against the current" and assert "conscientious objection" to such practices, which he called sins "against God the creator."

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