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Archdiocesan lay employees to see change in health plan

BRAINTREE -- After decades, Tufts will no longer serve as the administrator of the Archdiocese of Boston Lay Health Plan, the archdiocese announced. Effective Oct. 1, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts will take over as administrator of the plan, which covers about 4,200 lay employees in parishes, schools, and organizations of the archdiocese across the archdiocese. The change was announced this month through the Trustees of the RCAB Health Benefit Trust.

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Forming the Future: Service of athletic director celebrated at Presentation of Mary Academy

METHUEN -- Presentation of Mary Academy (PMA) in Methuen, a co-education Catholic high school, offers students an impressive number of interscholastic and intramural sports. Both a member of the Commonwealth Athletic Conference (CAC) and the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), its teams and athletes have consistently received recognition for high performance on the field. Athletics are certainly an integral part of PMA culture.

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MCC supports bill to restrict guns for 'dangerous' individuals

BRAINTREE -- In a letter sent to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, the Massachusetts Catholic Conference (MCC), the public policy arm of the Catholic Church in the Commonwealth, urged support for a House bill that would restrict the access of firearms to individuals deemed "dangerous" or "suicidal."

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Catholic school leaders graduate from Emmaus Leadership Series

BRAINTREE -- The Emmaus Series for Catholic School Leaders, a program of the Roche Center for Catholic Education at Boston College, recently celebrated the commencement of its 2016 Cohort of Catholic school principals and heads of school, marking the close of a 20-month impactful leadership development program. Nineteen school leaders took part in the commencement, which featured keynote speakers Eileen McLaughlin, Head of School at Mount Alvernia High School in Newton and Father Ronald O'Dwyer, S.J., clinical faculty member in the Institute for Catholic Education at St. Louis University and director of the Billiken Teacher Corps (BTC).

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All of Chile's bishops offer resignations after meeting pope on abuse

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Every bishop in Chile offered his resignation to Pope Francis after a three-day meeting at the Vatican to discuss the clerical sexual abuse scandal. "We want to announce that all bishops present in Rome, in writing, have placed our positions in the Holy Father's hands so that he may freely decide regarding each one of us," Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez Errazuriz of San Bernardo said May 18 in a statement on behalf of the country's bishops.

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Brief biographical sketches of 14 new cardinals

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Here are brief biographical notes about each of the 14 churchmen who will become cardinals June 29. Their names are listed in the order Pope Francis announced them May 20: -- Iraqi Cardinal-designate Louis Raphael I Sako, the Chaldean Catholic patriarch, was ordained a bishop eight months after the U.S. invasion of Iraq. He witnessed the exodus of the country's native Christians and ministered to the beleaguered and martyred people who remained. After his installation as head of the Chaldean Catholic Church in 2013, he said the church must be a sign of hope, witness and communion, despite the difficulties, and work together with all Iraqis to defend human dignity and peaceful coexistence based on equal rights.

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Mourners line streets of Liverpool as Alfie Evans hearse passes

LIVERPOOL, England (CNS) -- Thousands of mourners lined the streets of Liverpool to pay tribute to Alfie Evans on the day of the toddler's funeral. The 23-month-old boy, who suffered a severe degenerative neurological condition, died April 28, some 10 days after his father, Tom Evans, had asked Pope Francis to help get him to Rome for treatment.

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