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  • Bishops-elect make Oath of Fidelity, Profession of Faith

    WATERTOWN -- During an Aug. 12 Mass broadcast live from CatholicTV's studio in Watertown and celebrated by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, Bishops-elect Robert P. Reed and Mark O'Connell took a step towards becoming bishops before their Aug. 24 ordination at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston.

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Who is my neighbor?


As a seasoned traveler, I have come to expect the unexpected. Long lines are an opportunity to say an extra rosary. Flight delays give me time to read or people watch. Airplane take offs and landings rarely unnerve me; I read even through the bumpy ones. So why was it, that as I sat at the Miami airport in the wee hours of May 26 that I was a tad nervous? Perhaps it was because my destination was a place that had been shrouded in mystery for so long.

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Bishops-elect make Oath of Fidelity, Profession of Faith


WATERTOWN -- During an Aug. 12 Mass broadcast live from CatholicTV's studio in Watertown and celebrated by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, Bishops-elect Robert P. Reed and Mark O'Connell took a step towards becoming bishops before their Aug. 24 ordination at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston.

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Meeting the children of Cuba on the baseball field


One aspect of Jesus' ministry that is clear in each of the Gospels is just how important the development of relationships was in his ministry. Jesus so often did this by meeting people in a place that they were already comfortable. Calling Zaccheus down from the tree to share a meal at his house, meeting his first disciples by the shores of the lake where they fished, visiting Martha at her home -- all are examples of Jesus seeking to develop a meaningful relationship with someone through an encounter in a comfortable, familiar place.

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The growth and challenges of the Church in Cuba


To understand the Church's current situation in Cuba, one needs to look at the early days of the revolution. "I remember that time," recalls Laura Perez. Speaking in her native Spanish from her apartment in West New York, N.J., the 79-year-old reminisced about her days in Cuba, "What we didn't know then actually did come back to hurt us."

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New Catholic refugee agency head visits Boston


BOSTON -- "We help all people, both Christians and people of other faith, and we do it because we are Catholics, we do it because Jesus told us to do this," said Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo, the newly appointed Secretary General of the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) during his recent visit to Boston.

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Deacon candidates make sacred profession


BRAINTREE -- Six candidates for Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate and their wives participated in the Ceremony of Sacred Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity on Aug. 9 at the Bethany Chapel at the Pastoral Center in Braintree. This ceremony is the final step for these six deacon candidates before they receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders on Oct. 15 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

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Women religious at assembly urged to face crisis with contemplation


ATLANTA (CNS) -- Some 800 members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious gathered in Atlanta for their annual assembly Aug. 9-12. With the theme of "Embracing the Mystery: Living Transformation," the sisters considered where God is moving in today's world as they face smaller and graying communities.

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Pope: Jesus' compassion is a call to service, not a vague sentiment


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Jesus' compassion toward people in need is not a vague sentiment, but a calling for Christians to bring that same compassion to others, Pope Francis said. By miraculously feeding thousands of people, Jesus made an act "of faith and prayer" that "shows the full strength of his will to be close to us and to save us," the pope said Aug. 17 at his weekly general audience.

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