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  • Physicians gather for annual White Mass

    NEWTON -- Medical students, doctors and their relatives gathered at Sacred Heart Church on Oct. 13 for the annual White Mass sponsored by the Guild of St. Luke, a guild of Catholic physicians in the Boston area.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Friday, we had our meeting of the Board of Trustees of Pope St. John the XXIII National Seminary in Weston. We were very pleased to get the reports from the various committees that work so hard there and we were happy to congratulate them on the very successful Lawn Party which was held last month.

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  • Pope, meeting South Korean leader, says he's open to visiting North

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis, at a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, said he is willing to visit North Korea. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had asked Moon to tell the pope of the invitation. According to Yonhap, the Korean news agency, Moon's press secretary told reporters the pope said he would accept "if an (official) invitation arrives and I can go.'"

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  • Without a doubt: Pope shares his thinking on key synod themes

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Having some doubts is definitely better than having no doubts at all, Pope Francis told a group of seminarians. As the Synod of Bishops on "young people, the faith and vocational discernment" was continuing at the Vatican, the pope tackled some of the synod's key questions when he met Oct. 13 with seminarians from the Lombardy region of northern Italy.

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  • Synod groups focus on need for qualified accompaniment

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In their second round of reports to the Synod of Bishops, a number of working groups called for qualified and, in some way, supervised spiritual mentors or directors, recommended including more female figures from the Bible as examples and role models for young people, and praised having the inspiring input of young people during the gathering.

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  • Trump set to pick Catholic lawyer as next White House counsel

    Washington D.C., Oct 15, 2018 CNA.- President Donald Trump has reportedly chosen a Catholic lawyer, Pat Cipollone, to replace White House counsel Donald McGhan. In addition to his professional work, Cipollone serves on the board of directors for the Catholic Information Center in Washington, D.C., and co-founded the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in 2004.

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  • Religions that do not pursue peace are a contradiction, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Religions, which are meant to build bridges, contradict their very nature if they stop pursuing the path of peace, Pope Francis said. "Our differences, therefore, must not pit us one against the other; the heart of a true believer seeks to open paths of communion always and everywhere," the pope said in a written message to an annual international gathering of religious and cultural leaders.

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  • Relics offer physical reminder that saints were real people

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis and many people attending the canonization Mass in St. Peter's Square were alive when St. Paul VI and St. Oscar Romero were alive, but the new saints' relics and those of five other people canonized Oct. 14 still were present at the Mass as reminders that the saints were flesh-and-blood people who lived holy lives.

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