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  • Curia reform: Pope Francis reorganizes Vatican Secretariat of State

    Vatican City, Nov 20, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Pope Francis has established a third section, or department, of the Secretariat of State of the Holy See, which reportedly began its operations Nov. 9. The new section is named “Section for the Diplomatic Staff,” and is tasked with overseeing the Holy See’s diplomatic corps, stationed around the world.

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  • Science, humanities must overcome 'tragic division,' pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Science, technology, religion and the humanities need to work together for their mutual benefit and to safeguard humanity, Pope Francis said. A broader, more holistic approach is needed to "overcome the tragic division between 'two cultures' -- the humanistic-literary-theological and the scientific, which leads to mutual impoverishment, and to encourage greater dialogue," including between the church and the scientific community.

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  • Pope Francis calls Benedict's teaching 'precious heritage'

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The theological work and papal teaching of retired Pope Benedict XVI "continue to be a living and precious heritage for the church," Pope Francis said. The pope met Nov. 18 with the winners of the 2017 Ratzinger Prize, named for the retired pope to honor those who make significant contributions to theology and culture.

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  • Pope names Brazilian cardinal to be relator general of upcoming synod

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis has chosen Brazil's Cardinal Sergio da Rocha to serve as relator general of next year's Synod of Bishops on youth. The nomination of the 58-year-old archbishop of Brasilia was announced at the Vatican Nov. 18. The relator is responsible for providing a comprehensive outline of the synod's theme at the beginning of the meeting and for summarizing the speeches of synod members before work begins on concrete proposals for the pope.

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  • Faithful from near and far gather to celebrate Fr. Solanus, friend and healer

    Detroit, Mich., Nov 19, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Usually, when Detroit’s Ford Field is filled with people, it’s because football fans are watching the Lions play another NFL team. But on Saturday, Nov. 18, despite the chill and the rain, more than 60,000 people from around the country filled the domed stadium for another reason - to celebrate the beatification of their friend Father Solanus Casey, who is now just one step away from canonization as a saint in the Catholic Church.

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  • 'Invest in love,' pope says on first World Day of the Poor

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- People have a basic choice in the way they live: either striving to build up treasures on earth or giving to others in order to gain heaven, Pope Francis said. "What we invest in love remains, the rest vanishes," the pope said in his homily Nov. 19, the first World Day of the Poor.

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  • Notre Dame allows third-party coverage of contraceptives in health plans

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. (CNS) -- Questions and confusion continue to swirl around the University of Notre Dame's decision to allow the third-party administrators of its health plans to go on providing morally objectionable services to university employees, even though Notre Dame no longer is required by the government to do so.

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  • Venerable Solanus Casey: the priest who answered the doorbell.

    Vatican City, Nov 17, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Venerable Solanus Casey, a Capuchin priest from Wisconsin, was humble before all else, said the postulator of his cause for sainthood. The life of Venerable Solanus Casey is the story of his “humility, his simplicity, as well as his acceptance of whatever life gave him,” Franciscan-Capuchin Fr. Carlo Calloni told CNA Nov. 15.

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  • Who was Albino Luciani, the 'smiling Pope'?

    Vatican City, Nov 17, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Last week Albino Luciani, better known by his papal name, John Paul I, took the next step on the path to sainthood. Yet apart from the fame garnered by various theories that sprouted due to the enigmatic nature of his death, for many little is known of his saintly life and brief pontificate.

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  • Making a holiday holy

    Michael celebrated his first Thanksgiving as a married man at the home of his wife Maria's parents. Gathered for the huge midday meal were her parents and Maria's siblings with their spouses. All the traditional foods were served and the conversation was good.

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  • DECREE: In Nomine Domini

    In October 2008, a committee, composed of a number of pastors as well as Pastoral Center staff, was formed to study the financial relationship between the Central Ministries of the Archdiocese of Boston (hereafter "Central Ministries") and the Parishes, Quasi-Parishes, and Rectorates of the Archdiocese of Boston (hereafter "Parish" or "Parishes"). This committee, first named the Improved Financial Relationship Committee ("IFRC"), was later changed to reflect the progress they had made, becoming the Improved Financial Relationship Model (hereafter "IFRM"). Their tasks and goals included: the creation of financially vibrant Parishes enabling them to carry out their missions; the improvement of financial stability of Parishes and Central Ministries; enhancement of the financial relationship between Parishes and Central Ministries; increased mutual accountability by having Parishes and Central Ministries revenues more closely tied together; increased support and communication between Parishes and Central Ministries; increased participation in the Central Ministries budget process by Pastors and lay members of the Christian faithful; and a simple, fair and equitable system where all Parishes are asked to give their proportionate fair share. IFRM did this through extensive and wide reaching consultation and over the course of four years, with the full implementation not happening until July, 2013.

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  • Cardinal revises parish-Central Ministries financial relationship model

    BRAINTREE -- A decree issued by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley makes revisions to the way parishes support the Central Ministries of the Archdiocese of Boston. Effective Nov. 23, the decree issues changes to the taxes parishes are mandated to pay to the archdiocese, altering the system that had been in place since 2013.

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  • Forming the Future: Robotics Club at St. Michael School, Lowell

    LOWELL -- With a tiny whir, the wheels moved, and the hand-sized robot rolled itself across the table. It stopped for a moment, then quickly rolled backward, back to the middle of the table. The movement and the design seemed to mimic a NASA space rover, but the robot wasn't on the moon, and it wasn't controlled by professional programmers. It was, instead, in the parish hall of St. Michael Church in Lowell, and was being controlled by young students of St. Michael School who seemed overjoyed to have successfully programmed their first robot in the school's new Robotics Club.

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  • Veterans honored at Veterans Day Mass

    BOSTON -- The veterans gathered at Our Lady of Good Voyage Shrine in South Boston bowed their heads as Father Richard Erikson prayed over them during the Archdiocese of Boston's annual Veterans Day Mass, held this year on Nov. 10.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    St. Jerome School, Weymouth Last Friday (11/3) I was very happy to go to Weymouth to celebrate a Mass to commemorate the 60th anniversary of St. Jerome School. A number of priests concelebrated with us, including Bishop John Dooher, who is the pastor of St. Jerome Parish.

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  • Imitate the first Thanksgiving with local fare

    If we take the lead from the first Thanksgiving, our holiday tables should feature the food and people close to us. Pilgrims came to the New World knowing little about how to fend for themselves in the new land. They fled England as religious separatists and traveled across waters for new prosperity. But half the Mayflower's hundred or so passengers died during their first New England winter, a particularly harsh one.

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  • The Psalms as models for gratitude

    A wise person once observed that "gratitude is the aristocrat of attitudes." Gratitude not only shows consideration for the one who gave a gift or did a favor -- it also promotes mental health if we cultivate the habit of gratefulness for things great and small.

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  • Supreme Court to hear case on free speech and crisis pregnancy centers

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Supreme Court has decided to hear a case examining freedom of speech at crisis pregnancy centers. The case, accepted Nov. 13, will consider if a California law that went into effect in 2016 violates the Constitution by requiring the state's 200 crisis pregnancy centers to inform their clients, in specific detail, about the availability of free or low-cost abortion and contraceptive services and provide a referral number for them.

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  • New museum tells the story of the Bible -- chapter and verse

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Hey, Smithsonian, there's a new kid on the block. It's the Museum of the Bible, just a few blocks from the National Mall in Washington. With its opening to the public Nov. 18, it will tell visitors how the Bible -- both Old Testament and New Testament -- has intersected society and at times even transformed it.

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  • Spirit of communion needed in church, world, pope tells priests

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Sincere, harmonious unity is needed in the world and in the church, Pope Francis told an international association for Catholic priests. "It's very sad when we find in a presbyterate that this unity doesn't exist," and, instead, gossip and backstabbing are the rule, he said.

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  • Chinese officials pay poor to swap religious images for portraits of Xi

    HONG KONG (CNS) -- Officials in China's eastern Jiangxi province have replaced religious images displayed by Christian families with portraits of the country's leader, Xi Jinping. Ucanews.com reported that, on Nov. 12, pictures were uploaded to the popular social messaging service WeChat account of Huangjinbu town government, showing officials removing images of the cross and other religious subjects in Yugan County.

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  • Quick fixes, denial won't stop climate change, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Denial or indifference when it comes to climate change will not help further honest research or facilitate finding adequate solutions, Pope Francis told government leaders attending a meeting on implementing the Paris accord.

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  • Spaghetti Bowl: Fitness, camaraderie part of U.S. seminary life in Rome

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A seminary is not typically known for its emphasis on physical activity and fitness, but many seminarians see it as an integral part of daily life. Andrew Auer, Joseph Caraway and his cousin, Michael Caraway, are just a few of the seminarians at the Pontifical North American College in Rome who find value in sports and physical activity.

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  • Priest mediates between Zimbabwe generals, Mugabe

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) -- A Catholic priest is mediating between Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and generals who seized power. Father Fidelis Mukonori, parliamentary liaison officer for Harare Archdiocese, is trying to mediate a graceful exit for the 93-year-old president, who has led Zimbabwe for 37 years.

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  • Archbishop of Puerto Rico sees spiritual rebirth after hurricane's wrath

    BALTIMORE (CNS) -- Almost two months after the devastating winds and rains of Hurricane Maria pummeled the island of Puerto Rico, there is still no clear path to recovery. Although some power and phone service have been restored and relief supplies are slowly filtering in, the cleanup and rebuilding is only just beginning.

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  • Longing for peace: Pope to preach dialogue in Bangladesh, Myanmar

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- While the ongoing crisis of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar for Bangladesh will draw much attention during Pope Francis' visit to the two countries in late November, the pope also is expected to focus on interreligious dialogue, poverty and climate change.

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  • Mass is a time of silence and prayer, not idle chitchat, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Mass is the highest form of prayer and not an appropriate moment for small talk, Pope Francis said. At church, Catholics should spend their time in silence before Mass, preparing "to meet with Jesus" instead of engaging in "chitchat," the pope said Nov. 15 during his weekly general audience.

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  • U.S. bishops take on immigration, racism at fall assembly

    BALTIMORE (CNS) -- At the start of their annual fall assembly in Baltimore Nov. 13, U.S. Catholic bishops faced some big issues -- immigration and racism -- straight on and zeroed in on how to raise the national level of discussion on these topics starting in the church pews.

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