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First reported Jul 30 2014 - Updated Jul 30 2014 - 1 reports

OBITUARY: Sister Jeanne Brault, SP

HOLYOKE – Sister of Providence Jeanne Brault, formerly known as Sister Christopher Mary, died on July 25 in the 62nd year of her religious life.Born in Springfield, she was the daughter of the late Clovis and Mary Agnes (Relihan) Brault. A graduate of ... [Published I Observe - Jul 30 2014]
First reported Jul 30 2014 - Updated Jul 30 2014 - 1 reports

Parishes get creative with ‘Weird Animals’ Bible school theme

REGIONALStory and photos by Julie BeaulieuHOLYOKE – Blessed Sacrament Parish, here, hosted its first Vacation Bible School this year, inviting children from Our Lady of the Cross Parish and Mater Dolorosa School, also in Holyoke.Students entering preschool ... [Published I Observe - Jul 30 2014]
First reported Jul 29 2014 - Updated Jul 29 2014 - 1 reports

Community coalition holds sidewalk rally to highlight housing issues

REGIONALStory and photos by Father Bill PomerleauSPRINGFIELD -- The political environment for current and former refugees in Springfield shifted significantly July 24 when the city council president distanced himself from the opinions of the city’s m ... [Published I Observe - Jul 29 2014]
First reported Jul 29 2014 - Updated Jul 29 2014 - 1 reports

Local teens participate in national Catholic service program

LUDLOW – Teens from the Springfield Diocese and throughout the Northeast combined Catholic social teaching with community servicelast week in the Just 5 Days sleepover camp.Just 5 Days is a national program model in which teams of middle school youth ... [Published I Observe - Jul 29 2014]
First reported Jul 29 2014 - Updated Jul 29 2014 - 1 reports

Vatican revising canon law on abuse penalties, cardinal says

WORLDBy Cindy WoodenCatholic News Service(CNS file photo/Paul Haring)VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Church law has procedures and penalties for effectively dealing with allegations of clerical sexual abuse, but the Vatican is working to revise a section of the ... [Published I Observe - Jul 29 2014]
First reported Jul 28 2014 - Updated Jul 28 2014 - 1 reports

Obama administration says it plans opt-out alternative on mandate

NATIONAL(CNS file photo/Nancy Phelan Wiechec)By Catholic News ServiceWASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Obama administration has filed a brief with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver indicating it plans to develop an alternative for Catholic and other ... [Published I Observe - Jul 28 2014]
First reported Jul 27 2014 - Updated Jul 27 2014 - 1 reports

U.S. AIDS official praises church efforts, warns against stigma against gays

MELBOURNE, Australia (CNS) -- The U.S. government global AIDS coordinator praised faith-based groups for their action to combat AIDS but warned against an increase in stigma and discrimination against gays, especially in Africa."Many of us in the United ... [Published I Observe - Jul 27 2014]
First reported Jul 26 2014 - Updated Jul 26 2014 - 1 reports

Catholic leaders speak out about policy toward migrant kids, families

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A Latin America expert for Catholic Relief Services, the head of the bishops' migration committee and the president of a Catholic college in Michigan were among those urging the government toward humanitarian responses to a surge of ... [Published I Observe - Jul 26 2014]
First reported Jul 26 2014 - Updated Jul 26 2014 - 1 reports

Squiturles, piggaroos, other ‘weird animals’ appear at vacation Bible camp

REGIONALStory and photos by Julie BeaulieuEAST LONGMEADOW – Squiturles, piggaroos, peacrocks, plattipines, guerrillians, tigaraffes, pandiflies, elephunnies and a bearded dragon all gathered last week for “Weird Animals Vacation Bible Camp” at St. Michael ... [Published I Observe - Jul 26 2014]
First reported Jul 25 2014 - Updated Jul 25 2014 - 1 reports

Parishioners say thank you to Bishop McDonnell with pancakes

REGIONALStory and photos by Terence HegartySPRINGFIELD – They said thank you with pancakes. Parishioners of St. Michael’s Cathedral Parish here celebrated Mass with Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell and held a pancake breakfast afterward to show gratitude to ... [Published I Observe - Jul 25 2014]
First reported Jul 25 2014 - Updated Jul 25 2014 - 1 reports

Ninth Annual Encuentro Latino to be held Aug. 9 in Stockbridge

REGIONAL(Photo courtesy of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy)Staff reportSTOCKBRIDGE – The Ninth Annual Encuentro Latino will be held on Saturday, Aug. 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, here.The Encuentro is ... [Published I Observe - Jul 25 2014]
First reported Jul 25 2014 - Updated Jul 25 2014 - 1 reports

Longtime Housatonic pastor, Father Anthony J. Jutt, dies at 87

REGIONALStaff report(Catholic Communications file photo)Father Anthony J. Jutt, formerly of Housatonic, died July 17 at Mary’s Meadow at Providence Place in Holyoke. A priest for the Diocese of Springfield, he was born in Westfield Nov. 17, 1926.He was ... [Published I Observe - Jul 25 2014]

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The two chief concerns in the revised section, as in all church law, Bishop Arrieta said, are "to safeguard the truth and protect the dignity of persons."
...organization that holds itself out as religious and has religious objections to providing coverage for contraceptive services," the high court said, "the respondents are enjoined from enforcement against the applicant the challenged provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and related regulations pending final disposition of appellate review."
"Even before the bill was signed into law, LGBT people in Uganda faced enormous hurdles in accessing health care. Many service providers discriminate against them, refuse to treat them, or simply lack basic information on how to provide care. Now, the situation is worse. It has taken a major toll on stemming HIV transmission and created a national public health crisis" Messinger said

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OBITUARY: Sister Jeanne Brault, SP [Published I Observe - Jul 30 2014]
Parishes get creative with ‘Weird Animals’ Bibl... [Published I Observe - Jul 30 2014]
Community coalition holds sidewalk rally to hig... [Published I Observe - Jul 29 2014]
Local teens participate in national Catholic se... [Published I Observe - Jul 29 2014]
Vatican revising canon law on abuse penalties, ... [Published I Observe - Jul 29 2014]
Obama administration says it plans opt-out alte... [Published I Observe - Jul 28 2014]
U.S. AIDS official praises church efforts, warn... [Published I Observe - Jul 27 2014]
Catholic leaders speak out about policy toward ... [Published I Observe - Jul 26 2014]
Squiturles, piggaroos, other ‘weird animals’ ap... [Published I Observe - Jul 26 2014]
Parishioners say thank you to Bishop McDonnell ... [Published I Observe - Jul 25 2014]
Ninth Annual Encuentro Latino to be held Aug. 9... [Published I Observe - Jul 25 2014]
Longtime Housatonic pastor, Father Anthony J. J... [Published I Observe - Jul 25 2014]
Plans underway for installation of Springfield’... [Published I Observe - Jul 25 2014]
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