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  • Pope renews membership of child protection commission

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis has named nine new members to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, including abuse survivors or the parents of survivors, the Vatican said. However, respecting "the right of each person to disclose their experiences of abuse publicly or not to do so," the commission said Feb. 17, "the members appointed today have chosen not do so publicly, but solely within the commission."

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  • Pope reappoints Cardinal O'Malley to safeguarding commission

    Vatican City, Feb 17, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- On Saturday the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has reconfirmed Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston as head of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, also reconfirming seven members and appointing nine new.

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  • Christian leaders in Jerusalem protest plan to tax church properties

    JERUSALEM (CNS) -- The heads and patriarchs of Christian churches in Jerusalem strongly denounced the city of Jerusalem's plan to force churches to pay property taxes. The proposal to levy taxes on some properties would run contrary to unofficial historical tax-exempt status the churches have enjoyed for centuries, the leaders said in a Feb. 15 statement.

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  • Fasting during Lent includes sharing, treating others kindly, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Loudly boasting or complaining about fasting during Lent and treating others unkindly is not what God wants, Pope Francis said. "Does my fasting end up helping others? If it doesn't, it's fake, it's contradictory and it leads to the path of a double life. I pretend to be Christian -- righteous like the Pharisees, the Sadducees -- but inside I am not," he said in his homily Feb. 16 at morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

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  • Boston Catholic school alumni compete in 2018 Olympics

    BRAINTREE -- At least four alumni of Archdiocese of Boston Catholic schools are vying for Gold in the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Among the 244 U.S. athletes competing in PyeongChang 2018 are: men's hockey players John McCarthy of St. John's Preparatory School, Danvers class of 2004 and Noah Welch of St. Sebastian's School, Needham, class of 2001; Bobsledder Steve Langton of St. John's Preparatory School class of 2001; and snowboarder Jonathan Cheever of Malden Catholic High School, Malden, class of 2003.

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  • Wilmington Catholic Collaborative parishes merge

    BRAINTREE -- The parishes of the Wilmington Catholic Collaborative -- St. Dorothy and St. Thomas of Villanova -- have merged to form the Parish of the Transfiguration. The merger, effective from Jan. 31, has allowed the once separate parishes to further consolidate resources. The churches of St. Dorothy and St. Thomas, which serve Catholics in Wilmington and South Tewksbury, are both still active.

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  • St. James Society honors past, continues work

    LIMA, Peru -- On Jan. 22, at the opening Mass for the 60th anniversary celebration of the Missionary Society of St. James the Apostle which is based in the North End of Boston, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley found himself in a familiar situation.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Meeting with bioethicist Last Thursday (2/1) I was visited by Dr. John Haas of the National Catholic Bioethics Center. John is an outstanding layman who has made such an important contribution to the field of medical ethics in the United States. His organization is giving outstanding service to dioceses, Catholic hospitals and other institutions. We are very, very grateful for all that he is doing.

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  • Curial reform as a matter of pastoral concern

    Vatican City, Feb 15, 2018 CNA.- Reform of the Vatican Curia aims to emphasize pastoral care, and should not be seen as a reform that will overturn the whole Curia, a bishop involved in Rome’s Curia reform process has explained.

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  • Updated: Pope told Jesuits he regularly meets abuse survivors, journal reports

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis told a group of Jesuits in Peru that he often meets on Fridays with survivors of sex abuse. The meetings, which he said do not always become public knowledge, make it clear that the survivors' process of recovery "is very hard. They remain annihilated. Annihilated," the pope had told the Jesuits Jan. 19 in Lima.

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  • La Civilta Cattolica editor describes pope's 'diplomacy of mercy'

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro, editor of the influential Rome-based magazine La Civilta Cattolica and a close associate of Pope Francis, outlined the pope's "diplomacy of mercy" that he has used with both political leaders and their citizens throughout his papacy during a Feb. 13 talk at Georgetown University.

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  • Where do Ash Wednesday ashes come from?

    Washington D.C., Feb 14, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- “Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.” Or, “Repent and believe in the Gospel.” On Ash Wednesday, millions of Catholics throughout the English-speaking world will hear one of these two blessings as a priest applies ashes to their forehead in the sign of the cross.

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  • Catholic leaders caution that federal budget must reflect common good

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Catholic leaders cautioned that federal spending must safeguard the common good after the White House released its fiscal year 2019 spending plan that boosts military spending and cuts human services, environmental protection, diplomacy and international humanitarian assistance while assuring that the budget deficit will grow over the next decade.

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  • Lent is time to notice God's work, receive God's mercy, pope says

    ROME (CNS) -- Lent is a time for Christians to get their hearts in sync with the heart of Jesus, Pope Francis said. "Let the Lord heal the wounds of sin and fulfill the prophecy made to our fathers: 'A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will take out of your flesh the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh,'" the pope said Feb. 14, celebrating Mass and distributing ashes at the beginning of Lent.

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  • 'Lean on each other,' advises couple married 75 years

    SAVANNAH, Ga. (CNS) -- Married for 75 years, Joseph Farr and his wife, Ann, say that they believe they've found the secret to making a marriage last. "What it takes to really make a marriage last is to not think everything should be blue and rosy. Hardships come and you have to stand together. That's the secret," Ann told the Southern Cross, newspaper of the Savannah Diocese. "Stand together and support each other no matter what the hardships and how hard it is, but if you have each other and support each other together, you can withstand it all."

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  • Pope, Melkite patriarch formalize full communion

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Formalizing their unity in the intimate setting of the chapel of the papal residence, Pope Francis and Melkite Patriarch Joseph Absi concelebrated Mass together in the presence of members of the Melkite synod of bishops.

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  • Analysis: Two former IOR senior manager found guilty of mismanagement

    Vatican City, Feb 12, 2018 CNA.- A Vatican Court has found two former IOR senior managers liable for mismanagement, and ordered them to compensate the IOR for resulting damages. IOR is the Institute for Religious Works, better known as “the Vatican bank,” although it is not actually a bank and it does not operate as a bank.

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  • U.S. Olympic women's hockey team includes five Boston College players

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Boston College is paying close attention to women's ice hockey at the Olympic Games. That's because five players on the team's roster of 23 are from the Jesuit-run school -- two are recent graduates and three are current students taking a leave of absence for the Pyeongchang Games.

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  • Amidst the Pyeongchang Games, remembering Korea's martyrs

    Seoul, South Korea, Feb 13, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- As the 2018 Winter Olympic Games continue in Pyeongchang, the world is watching Korea for more than just sports. The sister of North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un, was present at the games’ opening ceremony where athletes from both Koreas marched together under an inter-Korean flag.

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  • Only sin can make one impure, pope says at Angelus

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- No disease makes a person impure; only sin does that, Pope Francis said. While being sick can impact a person's whole being, "it in no way impairs or impedes one's relationship with God. In fact, a sick person can be even more united to God," the pope said Feb. 11, commenting on the day's Gospel reading about Jesus healing a leper.

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