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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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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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This week's edition » National News

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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Q-and-A on faith leaders' letter on beauty of 'God-given sexual identity'


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In December, Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage and three other Catholic bishops joined several other religious leaders in signing an open letter titled "Created Male and Female" about the inherent beauty and dignity of God-given sexual identity.

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This week's edition » International News

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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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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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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Some Chinese Catholics see restrictions as new religion rules take effect


HONG KONG (CNS) -- Since China's new regulations for religious affairs took effect Feb. 1, minors have been banned from entering places of worship in several regions. A priest in Hebei province who asked to remain anonymous told ucanews.com that authorities had asked clergymen in some parts of the province to post signs prohibiting minors from entering religious venues, prayer houses and other church premises.

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