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  • Pope to diplomats: World peace depends on right to life, disarmament

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Because everyone has a right to life, liberty and personal security, nations must find nonviolent solutions to conflict and difficulties, Pope Francis said. A culture of peace "calls for unremitting efforts in favor of disarmament and the reduction of recourse to the use of armed force in the handling of international affairs," he said Jan. 8 in his annual address to diplomats accredited to the Vatican.

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From Cardinal Seán's blog


As we mark the beginning of 2018, I want to take this opportunity to mark the passing of three extraordinary individuals in recent days. After a long illness, God called Father Vincent Von Euw home on Christmas Eve. ...Father Von Euw was certainly a very beloved priest of the archdiocese who served for many years with the St. James Society in Peru and as pastor at St. Peter's and then St. Ambrose in Dorchester.

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Holy Hours for Life to be held in parishes around Roe anniversary


BRAINTREE -- Thousands of people will march in Washington, D.C. during this year's March for Life, Jan. 19, praying in support of the rights of unborn babies. For those who are unable to attend the march, special holy hours will be held throughout the Archdiocese of Boston, Jan. 22, offering parishioners a chance to pray in solidarity with pro-life pilgrims and witness to the Gospel of Life.

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Ecumenical dinner to mark Week of Prayer for Christian Unity


BRAINTREE -- A large-scale public "Fellowship Dinner" will serve as the anchoring event in this year's celebrations to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity around the Greater Boston area, which will see Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical and Protestant Christians coming together in unity.

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Two score and two years ago


About two months ago your scribe received a note attached to his regular weekly column from Clark Booth. The note explained that Clark felt that age was creeping up on him and he felt that he could no longer write a weekly column.

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Walls between respect life, social justice camps come tumbling down


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- When Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin offered the idea that the church could approach its concern for protecting human dignity in tackling abortion, euthanasia, poverty and peace under a "seamless garment" during a 1983 speech at Fordham University, there were doubters who said the concept was flawed.

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Speaker Paul Ryan will headline 2018 March for Life


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) will address the upcoming March for Life, organizers announced on Jan. 10. This is the first time Ryan has spoken at the March for Life in person since he was elected speaker in 2015.

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March for Life events planned across the U.S.


WASHINGTON D.C. -- Forty-five years after the Supreme Court ruling that mandated legal abortion nationwide, hundreds of thousands are expected to attend rallies supporting the dignity of life, from conception to natural death.

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Participating in the March for Life? There's an indulgence for that.


WASHINGTON D.C. -- Catholics participating in the 45th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., Jan. 19 will be able to receive a plenary indulgence for doing so, the local Church has announced. "In virtue of the authority granted by our Holy Father, Pope Francis... a plenary indulgence can be obtained under the usual conditions...by the Christian faithful who are truly penitential and compelled by charity, if they take part in the sacred celebrations, along with the great assembly of people, throughout the whole course of the annual event that is called 'March for Life,'" announced a Dec. 20 letter from the Archdiocese of Washington and the Diocese of Arlington.

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Catholic groups decry end of immigration protection for Salvadorans


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- As the Catholic Church in the U.S. began observing National Migration Week, a time to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, immigrants, refugees, and human trafficking victims, the administration of President Donald Trump announced that it would end an immigration program for thousands of Salvadorans, one of the largest groups of modern-day immigrants in the country and one that includes many Catholics.

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Belgian Catholics concerned about abuse of country's euthanasia law


OXFORD, England (CNS) -- Catholics in Belgium are concerned the country's euthanasia law is being abused to kill patients without legal checks and safeguards. Auxiliary Bishop Jean Kockerols of Mechelen-Brussels said "not just the church's hierarchy, but doctors and medical professionals as well" were concerned.

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Pope to diplomats: World peace depends on right to life, disarmament


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Because everyone has a right to life, liberty and personal security, nations must find nonviolent solutions to conflict and difficulties, Pope Francis said. A culture of peace "calls for unremitting efforts in favor of disarmament and the reduction of recourse to the use of armed force in the handling of international affairs," he said Jan. 8 in his annual address to diplomats accredited to the Vatican.

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Follow Jesus like the Magi, pope urges on Epiphany


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- To follow Jesus, one must set out like the Magi, leaving comfort behind, following the light and offering the Lord gifts without expecting anything in return, Pope Francis said Jan. 6 during Mass on the feast of the Epiphany.

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