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  • Cardinal ordains 13 priests for Boston

    BOSTON -- In the first ordination ceremony held in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross following major renovations, Cardinal Seán O'Malley ordained 13 men to the priesthood on May 18. The new priests -- making up the largest ordination class for the Archdiocese of Boston in over 20 years -- were Christopher Boyle, Marcos Enrique, Timothy Hynes, Brian O'Hanlon, Mark Olejnik, William Robinson, Corey Rouse, and Paul Wargovich from St. John's Seminary in Brighton; Joseph Almeida, Maciej Araszkiewicz, Przemyslaw Kasprzak, and Victor Vitug from Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary in Brookline; and Corey Bassett-Tirrell from Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston.

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  • 22 degrees conferred by Theological Institute

    BRIGHTON -- One of the largest classes yet to graduate from the Theological Institute for the New Evangelization received their diplomas during commencement exercises held at St. John's Seminary on May 21.

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  • Forming the Future: Saints Academy holds interactive STREAM Night

    BEVERLY ? The Saints Academy took its third annual STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art, and Math) Night, held on May 16, in a different direction than the previous two years. Principal Kelly Fernald said the first time the school held STREAM Night, students hardly left their own classrooms. This year, however, they were encouraged to visit students in other grades as they displayed or gave presentations about projects they had completed.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    I want to begin this week noting that on Tuesday we had our annual Spring Gala to benefit Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston. I was happy that this year they honored the outgoing board chair, Jim Gallagher. He has been a great supporter of Catholic Charities over the years -- and we were pleased that he allowed them to recognize his service at the gala.

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  • Which state pro-life laws could arrive at the Supreme Court

    Washington D.C. (CNA) -- Earlier this week, the state of Alabama passed legislation to make abortion a felony. The measure is the nation's strongest prohibition on abortion. It directly contradicts Roe v. Wade and is intended as a challenge to the Supreme Court case that established a nationwide "right to abortion" in 1973.

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  • 'Abortion saves lives'? Catholic doctor responds to NYT op-ed

    New York City, N.Y., May 22, 2019 CNA.- Following an op-ed in the New York Times claiming that all pregnancies are life-threatening, a Catholic doctor emphasized that pregnancy is a natural and healthy condition, and that complications which may arise can be treated without abortion.

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  • Pope prays for Spanish missionary murdered in Central African Republic

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis led thousands of pilgrims in prayer for a Spanish missionary sister killed in Central African Republic. While greeting French pilgrims attending his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square May 22, the pope said he was saddened to hear of the brutal murder of Daughter of Jesus Sister Ines Nieves Sancho, a 77-year-old Spanish missionary who was killed May 20 outside her convent in Nola, Central African Republic.

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  • Burns: 'Sensational' raid on Dallas chancery was 'traumatic' and unnecessary

    Dallas, Texas, May 21, 2019 CNA.- The Bishop of Dallas says that a May 15 police raid on diocesan offices was sensationalism, traumatic, and a waste of resources. “This event was most traumatic for those who were present in the building at the time, as some of the approximate 40 law enforcement agents approached employees in ski masks and SWAT gear,” Dallas Bishop Edward Burns said in a statement.

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  • Vatican officials support continued care of man in vegetative state

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The withdrawal of nutrition and hydration from a patient whose body can absorb them is a "serious violation" of the person's dignity, said two Vatican officials. "The continuation of assistance is an unavoidable obligation," said Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell, prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life, and Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

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  • Analysis: Which state pro-life laws could arrive at the Supreme Court

    Washington D.C., May 16, 2019 CNA.- Earlier this week, the state of Alabama passed legislation to make abortion a felony. The measure is the nation’s strongest prohibition on abortion. It directly contradicts Roe v. Wade and is intended as a challenge to the Supreme Court case that established a nationwide “right to abortion” in 1973.

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  • Fight fake news with humble search for truth, pope tells journalists

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The task of journalism is to seek the truth, which requires humility and freedom of the press, Pope Francis told foreign correspondents working in Italy. "At a time when many spread fake news, humility keeps you from peddling food spoiled by disinformation and invites you to offer the good bread of truth. The humble journalist is a free journalist: free from pressures, free from biases," he said, adding that such freedom also required courage.

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  • Virginia woman makes whimsical wigs for children experiencing hair loss

    VIENNA, Va. (CNS) -- When her friend's daughter was diagnosed with cancer, Holly Christensen, an Alaskan mother and oncology nurse, decided to make the little girl something pretty to wear. She created a Rapunzel-style wig made of soft yellow yarn with flowers strewn throughout the long braid. The gift was a hit.

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