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  • Julie Asher, CNS national editor, wins St. Francis de Sales Award

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (CNS) -- Julie Asher is the recipient of the 2018 St. Francis de Sales Award from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada. The award recognizes "outstanding contributions to Catholic journalism" and is the highest honor given by CPA. It was presented during a June 15 luncheon at the Catholic Media Conference in Green Bay.

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  • Challenges to religious freedom continue, archbishop tells USCCB

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (CNS) -- Challenges to religious freedom continue to emerge and the U.S. Catholic Church will remain steadfast in addressing them to serve the common good, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, told the spring assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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  • St. Mary's Center meets $1M match offer from Amazon

    DORCHESTER -- St. Mary's Center for Women and Children in Dorchester announced last week that it has raised the funds to meet a $1 million donation match offer from Amazon. Originally part of the now-closed St. Margaret's Hospital, St. Mary's Center was founded in 1993. The center provides programs and services for over 600 homeless women and their families each year, offering them a range of support, including employment training, emergency shelter, and educational, clinical, and preventive services.

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  • Hundreds turn out for prayer event celebrating Venerable Patrick Peyton

    EASTON -- Father Patrick Peyton, CSC, used to attract great crowds for his Rosary Rallies. He still does. A large gathering of families and individuals turned out for an event to honor the American priest being considered for sainthood by the Vatican on June 10 at Holy Cross Family Ministries in North Easton.

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  • Cardinal condemns administration's child separation policy

    BRAINTREE -- Saying he "cannot be silent," Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley issued a statement June 13 condemning the Trump Administration's policy of separating children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border, calling the practice "harmful and unjust."

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Eucharistic Congress in Atlanta Last Friday (6/1), I went to Atlanta to participate in their annual Eucharistic Congress. This is a 24-year tradition for the Archdiocese of Atlanta. It was started by Archbishop John Donoghue and Archbishop Wilton Gregory has continued and augmented this wonderful event, which has grown to about 30,000 participants.

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  • Boston Foundation announces grants

    Boston -- The Boston Foundation announced its quarterly discretionary grants after a meeting of the Foundation's Board of Directors this week. The Board approved $2,160,375 in single and multi-year discretionary grants to 19 nonprofits to be paid out beginning in April 2018. Of the 19 grants, four provide multi-year support. In addition, the Board approved another $541,500 in single-year Open Door grants to 25 additional Boston-area nonprofits, and it acknowledged $1,615,356 in between-cycles discretionary small grants through other programs of the Foundation.

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  • Bishops' pastoral letter on racism on track for November vote

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (CNS) -- A planned pastoral letter addressing racism is on schedule for a November vote by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Bishop Sheldon J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana, chairman of the bishop's Ad Hoc Committee on Racism, said during the bishops' spring general assembly June 14 that the document would reflect recommendations from the various audiences that have reviewed drafts of the document.

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  • Video, letter among items to supplement bishops' election-year document

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (CNS) -- New supplementary documents and a video are on the horizon for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in advance of the 2020 presidential election. During their spring general assembly, the bishops approved the production of a short letter "to inspire prayer and action regarding public life" and a short video and other resources that would apply the teaching of Pope Francis to contemporary issues.

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  • 'Tag' movie based on three-decade chase game of Catholic school friends

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A group of Catholic high school friends has kept in touch -- literally -- since graduating more than 30 years ago from Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane, Washington. The way they've stayed connected -- through essentially continuing a version of tag they started in high school -- has received mixed reaction from people over the years, but that all changed five years ago when The Wall Street Journal ran a front-page article about them.

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  • Official explains Vatican media strategy: Let the pope be himself

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (CNS) -- To be "successful" on social media, Pope Francis only has to be himself; gimmicks aren't necessary, a Vatican official told Catholic communicators. "People want the pope just to be the pope," said Natasa Govekar, director of the theological-pastoral department of the Secretariat for Communication. For instance, she said, photos of the pope "with circus performers or wearing a silly hat do not do as well as photos of the pope praying."

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  • National Review Board chair alerts bishops to complacency on abuse

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (CNS) -- Cautioning against complacency in carrying out the requirements of the "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People," the chairman of the National Review Board urged the country's bishops to "never waver" in their commitment to protect minors and vulnerable adults from sexual abuse.

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  • Council of Cardinals finalizes draft of new document on Roman Curia

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis will review a finalized draft of the apostolic constitution that would govern the Roman Curia, the Vatican spokesman said. The document, provisionally titled "Praedicate Evangelium" ("Preach the Gospel"), was reviewed by the international Council of Cardinals, and the draft will be "given to the Holy Father for the considerations he deems opportune, useful and necessary," said Greg Burke, director of the Vatican press office, June 13.

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