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  • Cardinal: Can the church step up, lead way in protecting children?

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Only together, by humbly sharing their experiences, encouragement and corrective advice, can the bishops and leaders in the Catholic Church work to prevent the abuse of minors and help bring healing to survivors, said the head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India.

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  • Immaculate Conception, Marlborough rallies after church fire

    MARLBOROUGH -- Father Steven Clemence celebrated his last Mass in the upper church of Immaculate Conception Parish at 5 p.m. on Jan. 20. That evening, around 10:30 p.m., he received a call from the church's alarm company notifying him that there was a fire at the church.

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  • Vatican astronomer shares insights at Harvard lectures

    CAMBRIDGE -- Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory, is no stranger to the Boston area. A native of Michigan, he earned his B.S. and M.S. in planetary science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which, he said, he chose to attend because it housed the world's largest collection of science fiction. He visits Boston annually for the Boskone 56 Science Fiction Convention, according to Joshua Shutter, a Harvard Ph.D. candidate in chemical physics.

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  • Healey Education Foundation kicks off initiative in Archdiocese of Boston

    After an extensive review process, six parish elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Boston have been selected as Healey Education Foundation Partners. As Healey Education Foundation Partners, these schools will undergo a governance transformation and they will also receive guidance in all areas of operation, including finances, academics, and value proposition. In addition, the six schools will each hire an advancement director and share one school improvement director. The schools will also have the opportunity to collaborate with all schools in the Healey Education Foundation network.

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  • Forming the Future: St. Rose School, Chelsea, employs social-emotional learning strategies

    CHELSEA -- The St. Rose School faculty seeks to meet students' social and emotional needs by employing age-appropriate social-emotional learning strategies at each grade level. Principal Michele Butler believes this focus is rooted in their mission statement, which is based on the charism of the school's founders, the Sisters of Providence: "We aspire to meet the needs of our students and their families through works of love, mercy and justice among God's people."

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    On Friday morning, I went to PwC's Boston office in the Seaport to attend the annual Celebration of Excellence Breakfast, sponsored by the Catholic Schools Foundation (CSF). We are grateful to Mr. John Farina for hosting us in that spectacular venue.

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  • Vatican summit opens with acknowledgment of evil committed

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Opening the Vatican summit on child protection and the clerical sexual abuse crisis, Pope Francis said, "The holy people of God are watching and are awaiting from us not simple, predictable condemnations, but concrete and effective measures" to stop abuse.

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  • Georgetown University rescinds honorary degree from McCarrick

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Georgetown University in Washington is the latest institution to announce it is rescinding an honorary degree it gave to former U.S. Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick in 2004. The Feb. 19 announcement comes days after the Vatican said Feb. 16 it had found the former prelate guilty of abuses against minors and adults, stripping him of his clerical status.

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  • Tolton sainthood cause advances; next step would be 'venerable' decree

    CHICAGO (CNS) -- The canonization cause for Father Augustus Tolton is just one step away from going to Pope Francis for the priest to be declared "venerable." On Feb. 5, the feast of St. Agatha, a nine-member Vatican theological commission unanimously voted that Father Tolton's cause be moved forward to the cardinals and archbishops in the Congregation for Saints' Causes for a final vote to send a decree of the priest's "heroic virtues" to Pope Francis for his approval.

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  • Pioneering Navy pilot recalled for her humility, love of faith and family

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (CNS) -- Rosemary Mariner was full of firsts. To the world, Capt. Mariner was an aviation pioneer who broke through the ranks of the all-male military aviator corps to become the U.S. Navy's first female attack-jet pilot. To those close to her, Rosemary was a down-to-earth wife, mother and Bible study leader who was as humble as she was faithful.

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  • Analysis: Pope Francis' position on Venezuela

    Vatican City, Feb 16, 2019 CNA.- Pope Francis’ recent letter to Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro confirmed the Holy See’s position on the Venezuelan crisis, while demonstrating that Maduro has become an increasingly isolated global figure.

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  • Supreme Court to hear oral arguments on 2020 citizenship census question

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear oral arguments in April about the Trump administration's push to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census and its decision will come just in the nick of time, since the Census Bureau needs to begin printing forms for the every-10 years-questionnaire this summer.

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  • Vatican summit: Silence, denial are unacceptable, archbishop says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- When presented with an accusation that a priest has sexually abused a child, "whether it's criminal or malicious complicity and a code of silence or whether it is denial" on a very human level, such reactions are no longer tolerable, said the Vatican's top investigator of abuse cases.

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