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New Mass. clinic access bill called 'unnecessary'

BRAINTREE -- In response to a unanimous Supreme Court decision in June striking down a law providing a 35-foot buffer zone around Massachusetts abortion clinics, state lawmakers have proposed a new bill that pro-life advocates say is unnecessary and will again curtail free speech.

Bishop Edyvean retires as auxiliary bishop

Bishop Edyvean retires as auxiliary bishopOn June 29 Pope Francis accepted the resignation as auxiliary of the archdiocese offered last October by Bishop Walter J. Edyvean. The date of the announcement, the solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul was also the thirteenth anniversary of the announcement of then Msgr. Edyvean's selection as titular bishop of Aeliae and auxiliary of the archdiocese.

Pope Francis makes changes in Boston province

Pope Francis makes changes in Boston provinceWhile The Pilot staff was on hiatus, Pope Francis has been busy making changes in the leadership of dioceses in the Boston province -- states of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. If there were an "official box" for these appointments it would be as follows:

Harvard professor calls for 1000-minister anti-casino conference

Harvard professor calls for 1000-minister anti-casino conference

CAMBRIDGE -- Stand For Democracy, a group of Harvard students, faculty, and alumni, brought together organizers, activists, community leaders, Harvard students, and faculty with members of the state's religious communities, July 15, to advocate for the good of communities opposed to casino gambling in their neighborhoods or adjacent communities.

Cardinal supports use of Mass. military bases to house immigrant children

Cardinal supports use of Mass. military bases to house immigrant childrenBRAINTREE -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley was among the local clergy who joined Governor Deval Patrick at a press conference, July 18, when the governor announced that two Massachusetts military bases could be used to house some of the influx of children coming to the United States over the border with Mexico.

Bishop Edyvean retires as Boston auxiliary

Bishop Edyvean retires as Boston auxiliaryPope Francis has accepted the request of Boston's Senior Auxiliary Bishop, the Most Rev. Walter James Edyvean to retire from the office of auxiliary bishop. In accordance with Canon Law, the Medford native had submitted his resignation last fall at the time of his 75th birthday. The announcement of the acceptance was made in an unusual Sunday notification from the Holy See on June 29, 2014.

Relic of St. John Paul II venerated at cathedral

Relic of St. John Paul II venerated at cathedralSOUTH END -- Hundreds of Catholic faithful came to venerate the relic of Pope St. John Paul II at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross June 21 and 22 as the first stop on a national tour being sponsored by St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C. and the Knights of Columbus.

Mass. bishops back expanded time limits for abuse claims

The four Massachusetts bishops have thrown their support behind a new bill that would lengthen the allotted time sex abuse victims have to bring a civil suit. The bishops see it as an "issue of justice," according to Peter McNulty, associate director for policy and research for the Massachusetts Catholic Conference (MCC), the bishops' public policy arm.

First Haitian Cardinal makes visit to Boston

ROXBURY -- Members of the Haitian community in Boston packed in and overfilled the pews as Cardinal Chibly Langlois, the first cardinal from their homeland, celebrated Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, June 22, at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, commonly known as the Mission Church, on Tremont Street.

Nun Day at the Red Sox

Nun Day at the Red Sox
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