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  • Pope Francis to visit Rome's Anglican community

    Rome, Italy, Feb 17, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Pope Francis will visit All Saints Anglican Church in Rome Feb. 26 to mark the 200th anniversary of the foundation of the Anglican parish community in the heart of the Eternal City.

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  • CRS parish ambassadors welcome new members

    Catholic Relief Services Parish Ambassadors in the Archdiocese of Boston met at Boston College on Feb. 11 to welcome new members and to train and plan for 2017. A volunteer role, CRS ambassadors work within their parishes, schools, or communities to promote global solidarity with those in poverty through educating their communities about the work of CRS and how it relates to Catholic Social Teaching.

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  • Young Lynnfield parishioners help 'A Bed for Every Child'

    Lynnfield -- At St. Maria Goretti Church's 10 a.m. Mass on Feb. 12, the congregation presented a check for $5,785.81 to Sister Linda Bessom of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless. Throughout the liturgical season of Advent, the two parishes that comprise the Lynnfield Catholic Collaborative -- St. Maria Goretti and Our Lady of the Assumption -- introduced a children's offertory, to give their youngest parishioners the opportunity to feel the joy of stewardship and giving. These donations were earmarked for "A Bed for Every Child," an initiative of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless that provides beds for needy children. To date, the program has distributed more than 4,000 beds to children in need in Massachusetts.

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  • Brother Raymond Hoyt to be honored at Xaverian Brothers gala

    At the Xaverian Brothers High School annual Gala to be held March 18, assistant principal Brother Raymond Hoyt, CFX will receive the Xaverian Medal, the highest honor the school can bestow. Brother Raymond is a 1970 graduate of Xaverian and a veteran teacher and administrator.

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  • USCCB leaders urge Trump to protect religious liberty

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Catholic Church leaders in a Feb. 16 statement said they were encouraged that President Donald Trump may be considering an executive order to protect religious freedom and said they would be grateful if he would move forward with the pledge that his administration would "do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty."

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  • Help a neighbor, visit grandparents as part of Lent, pastor suggests

    SIOUX CITY, Iowa (CNS) -- Holy Cross-Blessed Sacrament sixth-graders started Lent on Valentine's Day -- sort of. Father Daniel Rupp, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church in Sioux City, took time Feb. 14 to talk to the students about the importance of Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Lenten season. This year it is March 1.

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  • Border bishops call for dignity regardless of 'migration condition'

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In a joint statement, Catholic bishops whose dioceses are along the U.S.-Mexico border spoke of the "pain, the fear, and the anguish" they're seeing in immigrants and vowed to follow the example of the pope in building "bridges, rather than the walls of exclusion and exploitation."

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  • Is a Vatican-China agreement close? What could happen.

    Vatican City, Feb 15, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Hopes are on the rise for an agreement between the Vatican and China on the appointment of bishops, with Cardinal John Tong Hon, Archbishop of Hong Kong again making the case for a possible proposal.

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  • Bishop Cantu urges administration to pursue deeper nuclear arms cuts

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The chairman of a U.S. bishops' committee urged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to pursue additional reductions in the nuclear arsenals of the United States and Russia. "We urge bold and concrete commitments to accelerate verifiable nuclear disarmament," Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico, chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, wrote in the letter dated Feb. 14. It was released Feb. 15 by the USCCB.

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  • Catholic theologian urges closer ties with Russian Orthodox

    OXFORD, England (CNS) -- A prominent Catholic ecumenist has urged a better understanding of the Russian Orthodox Church. "Those suspicious of the Russian Orthodox stance should go and see what's happening," said Barbara Hallensleben, a consultor with the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

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  • Italian organist performs with Syrian symphony, 'passionate' musicians

    AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) -- A famed Italian Catholic cathedral organist is believed to have been the first Western musician to perform in Syria since the start of the civil war nearly six years ago. "It has been awesome. It was something unbelievable," Eugenio Maria Fagiani told Catholic News Service by phone of his recent performances in the Syrian capital, Damascus.

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  • Consult, respect indigenous peoples and their land, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Development projects involving indigenous communities must be planned in consultation with them and must respect their traditional relationship to the land, Pope Francis said. Having the "prior and informed consent" of the native communities who could be impacted by development projects is essential for "peaceful cooperation between governing authorities and indigenous peoples, overcoming confrontation and conflict," the pope said Feb. 15 during a meeting with about three dozen representative of indigenous communities.

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  • Even in dark times, never lose hope in God's love, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Christians must never lose hope and should remind themselves that God loves them even at their worst, Pope Francis said. God's love provides "security" both in difficult moments and even when "I have done something terrible and evil," the pope said Feb. 15 during his weekly general audience.

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  • Americans grow warmer toward religious groups, Pew study finds

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Americans are feeling more positive toward various religious groups than they did less than three years ago. While Americans still feel less positive about Muslims and atheists when compared with people of other religions, those participating in a Pew Research Center survey in January viewed people in those two religious groups more positively than in June 2014.

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  • Rallies held nationwide call on Congress to defund Planned Parenthood

    CHICAGO (CNS) -- The organizers of rallies held across the country Feb. 11 to call for defunding Planned Parenthood said their message to Congress is to redirect taxpayer's money to facilities that "do a better job meeting the real health care needs of women and families without specializing in abortion."

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  • How the Church supports marriages -- every step of the way

    Washington D.C., Feb 14, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- It’s Valentine’s Day, and in countries across the world, people are focused on love and marriage. But for the Catholic Church, the celebration of – and support for – marriage is not limited to one day, but all year round.

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  • Diocesan phase of Fatima visionary's sainthood cause completed

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Diocese of Coimbra concluded its phase of the sainthood cause of Carmelite Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the three children who saw Our Lady of Fatima in 1917. Bishop Virgilio Antunes of Coimbra formally closed the local phase of investigation into her life and holiness Feb. 13 in the Carmelite convent of St. Teresa in Coimbra, where she resided until her death in 2005 at the age of 97.

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  • Lack of prayer turns God's word into philosophical idea, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Without spiritual courage and a love for Jesus, the word of God will be proclaimed as just "a good, philosophical or moral idea," Pope Francis said. A preacher "may say something interesting -- something moral, something that will make you feel good, a philanthropic good -- but there is no word of God," the pope said during Mass in the chapel of Domus Sanctae Marthae.

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