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  • About the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    On Aug. 15, Catholics and many other Christians celebrate the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This significant feast day recalls the spiritual and physical departure of the mother of Jesus Christ from the earth, when both her soul and her body were taken into the presence of God.

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This week's edition » Local News

Boston clergy gather for annual cookout


WESTON -- Keeping with tradition, dozens of clergy from across the Archdiocese of Boston gathered with Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley for the annual St. John Vianney Cookout, held this year Aug. 3 at Pope St. John XXIII Seminary in Weston. Started in 2005, the get-together allows clergy to enjoy a relaxed day of fraternity, as well as celebrate the Aug. 4 Feast Day of St. John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests.

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From Cardinal Seán's blog


On Wednesday (7/26) of last week, I was visited by Bishop Antonisamy Francis of the Diocese of Kumbakonam, India, who was accompanied by Father Father Selva Raj, the Mission Coordinator for his diocese. They were here to meet with Maureen Heil of our Pontifical Mission Societies Office and also to explore the idea of sending some of their seminarians to study at St. John's Seminary.

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Theological Institute moves to Pastoral Center home


BRAINTREE -- When studies begin again in September, students of the Theological Institute for the New Evangelization will no longer be traveling to Brighton to attend classes. Instead, they will be going to the institute's new location: the Pastoral Center in Braintree.

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Historic edition returned to The Pilot


BRAINTREE -- In 1930, the Jazz Age was ending, the Great Depression was beginning, and The Pilot was celebrating its 100th anniversary with a specially printed Centenary Edition. A copy of that issue was gifted this summer to The Pilot by West Roxbury native Elizabeth Wilson, after she found it tucked away while cleaning a family member's house. The issue had apparently been in her mother's side of the family, surnamed Kelly, for years.

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This week's edition » National News

Bishops ask for peace after white nationalist rally turns deadly


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In the aftermath of a chaos- and hate-filled weekend in Virginia, Catholic bishops and groups throughout the nation called for peace after three people died and several others were injured following clashes between pacifists, protesters and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 11 and 12.

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Knights of Columbus planning to replace traditional uniform


PHOENIX (CNS) -- The Knights of Columbus, long associated with swords, capes and chapeaus, will be going through a significant uniform change. The traditional regalia worn by fourth-degree Knights will be replaced, announced Supreme Knight Carl Anderson Aug. 1 during the international fraternal organization's 135th annual Supreme Convention in St. Louis, which was livestreamed on EWTN.

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This week's edition » International News

Kenyan bishops urge calm as opposition rejects early results


NAIROBI, Kenya (CNS) -- Catholic bishops in Kenya called for calm in the East Africa nation, as pockets of violent postelection protests left at least five dead in opposition strongholds. The protests had ignited slums in Nairobi and Kisumu after Raila Odinga, the main opposition candidate, rejected the provisional early results, which showed incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta had taken an early lead in Aug. 8 voting.

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About the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary


On Aug. 15, Catholics and many other Christians celebrate the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This significant feast day recalls the spiritual and physical departure of the mother of Jesus Christ from the earth, when both her soul and her body were taken into the presence of God.

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Pius XII saw "Miracle of the Sun"


ROME (ZENIT) -- According to his own testimony, the Pope who declared the dogma of the Assumption saw the "miracle of the sun" four times. This information is confirmed by a handwritten, unpublished note from Pope Pius XII, which was part of a 2008 public display at the Vatican, "Pius XII: The Man and the Pontificate."

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Pope tells Belgian Brothers of Charity no more euthanasia for patients


MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- Pope Francis has given a Belgian religious order until the end of August to stop offering euthanasia to psychiatric patients. Brother Rene Stockman, superior general of the order, told Catholic News Service the pope gave his personal approval to a Vatican demand that the Brothers of Charity, which runs 15 centers for psychiatric patients across Belgium, must reverse its policy by the end of August.

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