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Waltham Catholic school will not reopen in the fall


WALTHAM -- St. Jude School in Waltham has announced that it will not reopen for the 2019-2020 academic year due to growing debt and shrinking enrollment. A letter was sent to members of the school community on July 11 to notify them of the school's closure. The letter was signed by Father Adrian Milik, administrator of St. Jude Parish, and Jane O'Connor, principal of St. Jude School.

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From Cardinal Seán's blog


Regular readers will remember that, as I concluded my last post, I was in Rome for a meeting of the Council of Cardinals, and it was the eve of the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, the patronal feast of the city.

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This week's edition » National News

Faith leaders decry ICE deportations, say action causes fear


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Many Catholic and other faith leaders noted that the Gospel reading for July 14 -- the day U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was to carry out deportation orders for some immigrants -- was the parable of the good Samaritan from the Gospel of St. Luke.

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Minn. diocese reaches $5 million settlement with abuse survivors


CROOKSTON, Minn. (CNS) -- The Diocese of Crookston announced July 17 it has reached a $5 million settlement with victims/survivors of clergy sexual abuse. The settlement resolves 15 lawsuits for sexual abuse claims filed between April 2016 and May 2017 because of the Minnesota Child Victims Act. The legislation lifted the statute of limitations on abuse cases in Minnesota, opening a three-year window that allowed victims an opportunity to file civil claims even on cases alleged to have happened decades ago.

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Agencies 'appalled' by reports U.S. could end refugee admissions


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- News that officials in the Trump administration are considering "zeroing out" the number of refugees accepted by the United States brought an immediate outcry from the chairman of the U.S. bishops' migration committee and leaders of Catholic and other faith-based agencies that resettle refugees.

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Pope issues sanctions against former West Virginia bishop


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston announced July 19 sanctions from the Vatican -- including taking away the faculties of celebrating Mass -- against a former West Virginia bishop who stepped down last year under a cloud of allegations of sexual and financial misconduct.

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This week's edition » International News

Northern Irish bishops accuse Britain of hijacking bill to allow abortion


MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- Four Irish bishops said abortion and same-sex marriage will be imposed on Northern Ireland after British politicians "hijacked" a bill intended for other purposes. In a direct appeal to Theresa May, the outgoing U.K. prime minister, the four Catholic bishops of Northern Ireland accused the government based in London of behaving recklessly after the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill was amended to extend abortion and gay marriage to the province before it was rushed through the Houses of Parliament.

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Vatican City State set to end sale of single-use plastics


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- After current supplies run out, Vatican City State will no longer be selling any single-use plastic items on its tiny territory. While the European Union pledged in May to ban single-use plastic starting in 2021, the Vatican had already begun limiting its use and soon "it will no longer be sold," said Rafael Ignacio Tornini, head of the department handling Vatican City State's gardens and waste collection.

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