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  • Land rights, corruption pose challenges in Paraguay as pope visits

    LIMA, Peru (CNS) -- Although Pope Francis will not hold a special meeting with representatives of Paraguay's small farmers and indigenous people, as church leaders had hoped, their plight is likely to come up during his visit to the South American country ...

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  • Court rules same-sex marriage legal nationwide

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In a landmark ruling, a divided Supreme Court June 26 said same-sex marriage is constitutional nationwide. "The nature of marriage is that, through its enduring bond, two persons together can find other freedoms, such as expression, ...

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Theology in action: How knowing the faith can help church, victims heal


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis and the Vatican have stepped up action concerning the protection of minors from abuse by clergy and the accountability of bishops to stop perpetrators. The pope approved new procedures in June allowing the Vatican to investigate questions of accountability and he cemented the mandate of his own advisory body by approving the statutes of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. A number of bishops have stepped down the last two months after accusations they failed to protect minors and Vatican City State soon will bring to trial a former nuncio on charges of abuse and possession of child pornography under newly expanded laws.

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Obituary: Father Paul Franz, former Medford pastor, at 80


Father Paul R. Franz, a senior priest of the archdiocese since May 2005, died at his residence in Tucson, Ariz. He was 80 years old. A Boston native, he was born on June 15, 1934, a son of the late John and Eleanor (Brady) Franz. Following seminary studies, first at Cardinal O'Connell in Jamaica Plain and then at St. John's, Brighton, he was ordained to the priesthood at Holy Cross Cathedral on May 26, 1966, by Richard Cardinal Cushing.

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Cardinal O'Malley 'saddened' by Supreme Court marriage ruling


Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley issued the following statement June 26, following the Supreme Court's landmark ruling establishing same-sex marriage in all 50 states: As a citizen of the United States and a Catholic bishop, I am saddened by the Supreme Court decision on same sex marriage.

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