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  • Panelists discuss how court's Dobbs ruling could impact pro-life movement

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Assuming the Supreme Court upholds Mississippi's law banning most abortions after 15 weeks in its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Care, the future of the pro-life movement may depend on a move away from partisan politics, specifically a move away from an alignment with Republican politicians.

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  • El Salvador's four new blesseds set worldwide example for church

    CHALATENANGO, El Salvador (CNS) -- El Salvador's Jan. 22 beatifications of two priests and two lay companions highlight our Salvadoran church's example as a martyrial church. Jesuit Father Rutilio Grande, Franciscan Father Cosme Spessotto, Nelson Rutilio Lemus, Manuel Solórzano all died for the same cause: the Gospel.

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  • Ukrainian crisis threatens peace and democracy in Europe, observers warn

    PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- Ukrainian-American Catholics warn a Russian military buildup on Ukraine's border poses a grave threat not only to that nation, but to Europe and democracy itself. "It is a question of life or death for thousands, who will be massacred by an escalated invasion," said Archbishop Borys Gudziak, head of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia. He said he expects 3 million to 6 million refugees to flee to Western Europe.

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  • People's mistakes and sins do not frighten God, pope says at audience

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- God is not frightened by people's sins, mistakes or failures, Pope Francis said. What God is afraid of is "the closure of our hearts -- this, yes, this makes him suffer -- he is frightened by our lack of faith in his love," the pope said Jan. 19 during his weekly general audience.

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  • Filipino American Catholic who escaped Bataan Death March lived a full life

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- It wasn't just his name that made Fame Academia distinctive. At the time of his death at age 93 Dec. 29, the Philippines-born Catholic was one of the few remaining witnesses to the Bataan Death March carried out by the Japanese military in the early days of World War II against U.S. and Filipino soldiers.

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  • Christians should look for signs of God's love in their lives, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- God likes to intervene behind the scenes and without fanfare, always ready to help and lift people up, Pope Francis said. "And then, if we are attentive to these 'signs,' we will be conquered by his love, and we will become his disciples," he said to visitors gathered in St. Peter's Square Jan. 16 for his Sunday Angelus address.

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  • Communication must build communion, fraternity, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In a time when social networks can tend to divide people, Christian media must instead work to unite men and women, Pope Francis said. Meeting with a delegation from the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land in Rome to commemorate the 100th anniversary of their bimonthly magazine, "Terrasanta," the pope encouraged the group to continue to highlight stories of genuine brotherhood, especially, "the fraternity between Christians of churches and confessions that are unfortunately still separated, but which in the Holy Land are often already close to unity."

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  • New postulator named for Father Peyton's sainthood cause

    EASTON, Mass. (CNS) -- The Congregation of Holy Cross has appointed Valentina Culurgioni to be the new postulator for the sainthood cause of Holy Cross Father Patrick Peyton. The congregation announced Jan. 12 that Culurgioni succeeds Andrea Ambrosi, a civil and canon lawyer in Rome, who retired as postulator.

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  • Ukrainian priests appeal for prayers, support as Russian threat grows

    WARSAW, Poland (CNS) -- Two priests in Ukraine asked Western church leaders for support, especially in anticipation of a widely expected Russian invasion. "While our TV news shows tanks and army units deployed on our borders, the war in eastern Ukraine is continuing -- but the church in the West is saying little," said Msgr. Gregory Semenkov, chancellor of the Kharkiv-Zaporizhia Diocese.

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  • Archdiocesan schools face challenges of omicron variant

    BRAINTREE -- Almost two years have passed since the coronavirus prompted the closure of schools. Now, while the archdiocesan schools remain open and committed to in-person instruction, the spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus is causing considerable challenges for the schools in matters of staffing and safety measures.

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  • Parishes to hold Holy Hours for Life on Roe anniversary

    BRAINTREE -- Dozens of parishes and collaboratives across the archdiocese are planning to hold Holy Hours for Life or similar pro-life events on the weekend of Jan. 21-23, bringing their communities together to pray for the unborn and for assistance in witnessing to the dignity of human life.

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  • Archdiocese extends mask mandate to Ash Wednesday

    BRAINTREE -- In response to the current surge of coronavirus cases, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley has extended the current mask mandate, which requires that face masks be worn at all public Masses in the archdiocese, including weddings and funerals. This measure, which went into effect on the weekend of Dec. 18-19 and was originally planned to expire on Jan. 17, will remain in place until March 3, the day after Ash Wednesday.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    On New Year's Eve, we gathered at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross with about 200 members of the pro-life and campus ministry communities for a midnight Mass. I have always had the custom of ending the year and beginning the year with the Eucharist. This year, particularly, being the year of the Eucharist, it was very meaningful to be able to do this.

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