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From Cardinal Seán's blog


This week, the whole country was shocked and grieved by the violence at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, a congregation that had reached out to immigrants and was targeted by an anti-Semitic gunman. There, 11 people were murdered and six others were wounded. I think the reaction throughout the nation was one of horror and dismay.

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Archdiocese outlines abuse response in parish bulletins


BRAINTREE -- Cardinal Seán O'Malley and the four auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Boston have released a four-page document outlining archdiocese's efforts to help victims of sexual abuse and prevent abuse in the Church to be inserted in the bulletins of every parish the weekend of Nov. 10-11.

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CatholicTV launches 'Together We Rebuild' prayer campaign


WATERTOWN -- What can a media organization do to help viewers in a time of crisis? The staff of the CatholicTV Network is about to find out. On Nov. 6, iCatholicMedia Inc. president and CEO Bishop Robert Reed, CatholicTV general manager Jay Fadden, and senior producer Kevin Nelson appeared on the network's talk show "This is the Day" to announce the launch of a six-month campaign for penance and renewal in the Church, entitled "Together We Rebuild." It began on Nov. 6 and will culminate on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019.

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Forming the Future: 'Fruits of the Spirit' in action at St. Louis de France School, Lowell


LOWELL -- As Vina Troianello prepared for her third year as principal of St. Louis de France School, the faculty agreed that they wanted to "really look at" the school's Catholic identity. St. Louis de France School was founded in 1907 by the Sisters of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary to serve the children of French-Canadian immigrants seeking employment in Lowell's textile industries. Today, according to Troianello, about 55 percent of students at St. Louis belong to minority groups.

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Masses of Remembrance for infant loss


BRAINTREE -- The Archdiocese of Boston's Pro-Life Office and Project Rachel sponsored two Masses of Remembrance and Healing for Pregnancy and Infant Loss celebrated by Father J. Bryan Hehir. The first was held on All Saints Day, Nov. 1, at Bethany Chapel in the Pastoral Center. The second took place on Nov. 6 at St. Patrick's Church in Natick.

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This week's edition » National News

Newspapers examine U.S. bishops' responses to abuse allegations


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Boston Globe and the Philadelphia Inquirer newspapers teamed up for an article published in both daily papers Nov. 4 that examined ways it said the U.S. bishops have failed to police themselves even since their 2002 gathering in Dallas about clergy sex abuse when they "promised that the church's days of concealment and inaction were over."

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National Review Board chairman seeks fix to address charter 'loophole'


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The National Review Board chairman called for changes to the "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People" to "make it a less ambiguous document" because despite nearly every diocese meeting its standards in third-party audits, some bishops are facing scrutiny about their handling of reports of wayward priests.

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Detroit Archdiocese unveils 'Unleash the Gospel' missionary movement


DETROIT (CNS) -- What began as a rallying cry for the Archdiocese of Detroit is slowly building into a full-fledged missionary movement called "Unleash the Gospel." Inspired by Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron's 2017 pastoral letter on the missionary transformation of the archdiocese, the movement was being launched at parishes in southeast Michigan the weekend of Nov. 3-4.

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