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  • Ashes distributed on Boston Common

    BOSTON -- Priests and staff from the Archdiocese of Boston took Pope Francis's call for the Church to "go into the streets" literally when they distributed ashes on Boston Common Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10.

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This week's edition » Local News

40 Days for Life continues in 6 Mass. locations


HAVERHILL -- In 2015, 549 women entered Merrimack Valley Women's Health Services on Fridays, the day the Haverhill clinic typically performs abortions, and prayers were offered for each and every one. The faithful vigilers stand outside the clinic in all weather, all year round. Twice a year, they participate in 40 Days for Life, the campaign of peaceful protest, prayer and fasting where constant vigil is held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day for 40 days. The current campaign runs from Feb. 10 to March 20.

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From Cardinal Seán's blog


Saturday evening, I visited the Catholic Weymouth Collaborative of St. Jerome's and Immaculate Conception Parishes and celebrated Mass for them at St. Jerome's. Afterwards there was a dinner for clergy in the area.

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Ashes distributed on Boston Common


BOSTON -- Priests and staff from the Archdiocese of Boston took Pope Francis's call for the Church to "go into the streets" literally when they distributed ashes on Boston Common Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10.

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Catholic Appeal reports 2015 results


Looking back on the Catholic Appeal in their parish last year, Jim and Eileen Tempero of Brookline had much to celebrate. "We were overwhelmed by the generosity of St. Mary's parishioners," Temperos said. "We surpassed our parish goal for the first time in many years. We are so grateful."

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March 2 'Friendraiser' is introduction to Ignatian Volunteer Corps


Many people want to volunteer their time and talent but don't know where to start. Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) strives to meet that need for people ages 50 and older. The program was begun in 1995 by two Jesuit priests, Fathers Jim Conroy and Charles Costello, as a way for mature men and women to use their life experiences in service to others. The priests combined the principle of direct service to the poor with a process of faith-based reflection rooted in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.

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St. John's Prep plans new $24.9M wellness center


DANVERS -- St. John's Preparatory School in Danvers announced Jan. 28 its plans to build a new 78,000-square-foot wellness center. The two-story building, which will be completed in the fall of 2017, will offer room for St. John's 20 interscholastic high school sports and nine interscholastic middle school sports.

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Walsh proposes to rename Boston marine park for Ray Flynn


BOSTON -- Mayor Martin J. Walsh is supporting a recommendation by a city commission that the Boston Marine Industrial Park should be named for former Mayor Ray Flynn. Made by the Raymond L. Flynn Commission, a committee formed by order of the Boston City Council to find a way to commemorate the legacy of the former mayor, the recommendation asks that the industrial park be officially named The Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park.

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This week's edition » National News

Pope-patriarch meeting historic, observers say, but substance is key


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The planned Feb. 12 meeting in Cuba between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church will be a historic event, those involved in ecumenical relations agree, but they contend the proof of the pudding will lie in the content of the joint statement the two church leaders are expected to sign at the end of their meeting.

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This week's edition » International News

A brotherly embrace brings pope and Russian patriarch together


HAVANA (CNS) -- At long last, Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow embraced, kissing each other three times. "Finally," the pope told the patriarch Feb. 12 as they met in a lounge at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport. "We are brothers," he told the patriarch.

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Forgive like Jesus, don't accuse like the devil, pope tells Capuchins


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Confessors have two choices: to be like Jesus who readily forgave sins or like the devil who always condemns, Pope Francis said. "You can either do the work of Jesus, who forgives, by giving your lives in prayer (and) through many hours seated there or you do the work of the devil who condemns and accuses," the pope said during Mass Feb. 9 with Capuchin friars from around the world.

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