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  • Parishes cautiously resume public Masses

    BRAINTREE -- After two months without in-person religious gatherings, parish staffs had to work cooperatively and creatively to resume public Masses during the weekend of May 23-24 while following the archdiocese's guidelines to ensure people's health and safety.

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Parishes cautiously resume public Masses


BRAINTREE -- After two months without in-person religious gatherings, parish staffs had to work cooperatively and creatively to resume public Masses during the weekend of May 23-24 while following the archdiocese's guidelines to ensure people's health and safety.

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Catholic Charities' annual Spring Celebration goes virtual


BRAINTREE -- Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston held its annual fundraiser, Spring Celebration: Compassion Now, in a virtual format on May 19. WCVB-TV anchor Mary Saladna hosted the 30-minute program, which was presented by the Cummings Foundation. Throughout the event, instructions appeared onscreen explaining how viewers could donate to Catholic Charities online or via text message.

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From Cardinal Seán's blog


On Sunday, May 17, we offered our Mass for the Sixth Sunday of Easter for healthcare workers -- doctors, nurses, support staff, those who do the cleaning and provide services -- all of those who are really putting their lives at risk to make sure everyone is cared for during this pandemic.

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Planned Parenthood urged to return $80 million in PPP funds


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The head of National Right to Life and other pro-life leaders criticized Planned Parenthood affiliates for applying for and receiving funds under the Paycheck Protection Program, created by Congress to provide relief for small businesses with fewer than 500 employees.

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Catholic psychologist calls domestic violence 'pandemic within a pandemic'


PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- Amid global coronavirus lockdowns, domestic violence has emerged as "a pandemic within a pandemic," said Catholic clinical psychologist Christauria Welland. "Our rates in the U.S. for physical and sexual violence against women were already at one in three," she said. Based in California, Welland has counseled both those who are abused and their abusers for decades.

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Pope marks anniversary of 'Laudato Si'' with call to prayer, action


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Commemorating the fifth anniversary of his encyclical on the environment, Pope Francis called on Christians to join in prayer and acts of care for the Earth and for the poor. After reciting the "Regina Coeli" prayer May 24, the pope encouraged Catholics to participate in the celebration of the "Special Laudato Si' Anniversary Year," a yearlong series of initiatives dedicated to putting the encyclical's teaching into action.

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Pope clears way for beatification of Knights of Columbus founder


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Father Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, clearing the way for his beatification. While the Vatican announced May 27 that Pope Francis had signed the decree, it did not announce a date for the beatification ceremony.

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Pope renews prayers for Catholics in China


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis assured Catholics in China that the universal church shared their hopes and supported them during hardship. He also asked all Catholics to pray for their brothers and sisters in China, as the church celebrated the feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians May 24.

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