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Feb

2017

Local Organization Protests Trump’s Immigration Order

 

by Brigid Rooney

 

Over 900 people, including a group of 55 Boston College students and faculty, gathered at Bethel AME Church in Jamaica Plain on the night of February 2 to participate in the event “For Such a Time as This.” Sponsored and coordinated by the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (or GBIO), the evening was designed as a multi-faith call for social change that emphasized concrete action.

 

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Feb

2017

Vatican Legal Chief Opens Door for Divorced and Remarried Catholics

 

by Jeffrey Lindholm

 

Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, the president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, published a book that is turning heads in the Vatican. Writing about the eighth chapter of Pope Francis’ encyclical Amoris Laetitia, Coccopalmerio says that Catholics in “non-legitimate” living situations, like the divorced or civilly remarried, are allowed to receive Communion as long as their intention is to change their situation, but doing so would lead to further sin.

 

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Feb

2017

Pope Francis Convenes Commission for Translation of the Missal

 

by Sofia Infante

 

Pope Francis has announced that he has created a commission to review Liturgiam authenticam, the authoritative decree that puts forth guidelines on the translation of Latin liturgical texts into English and other languages. The document was crafted in 2001 with the intention of revising liturgical documents in order to bring them into conformity with Catholic doctrine. It replaced Comme le Prevoit, the Vatican document concerning the translation of liturgical books following the Second Vatican Council. Some of the notable changes enacted by Liturgiam authenticam include bringing back “and with your spirit,” instead of “and also with you.” It replaced the “We” in the Nicene Creed to “I.” It also incorporated the three-fold self-accusations in the Penitential act, “through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault,” in which the person strikes their breast three times. Among one of the most contentious alterations was replacing the less authentic phrase “for all” with “for many” during the consecration: “Take this, all of you, and drink from it: This is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sin. Do this in memory of me.”

 

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Feb

2017

State Supreme Court Rules Against Christian Florist in Religious Liberty Case

 

by Katie Daniels

 

Four years ago, a florist from Washington named Baronelle Stutzman refused to serve a same-sex wedding, saying her Christian religious beliefs defined marriage as between one man and one woman. On February 16, Washington state’s Supreme Court unanimously upheld a lower court ruling that said Stutzman’s actions violated the state’s anti-discrimination laws.

 

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Feb

2017

Trump Pivots Towards Pro-Life Movement

 

by Quentin Bet

 

On February 11, demonstrators protested the federal funding of Planned Parenthood at 220 rallies in 45 different states. “These rallies have sparked a national conversation about Planned Parenthood and whether they deserve the $430 million of federal funding they receive from taxpayers each year,” said Eric Scheidler, the executive director of the Pro-Life Action League in Chicago and the organizer behind the demonstrations.

 

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Tue

06

Dec

2016

Greek Orthodox Church Destroyed in 9/11 Re-Opens

by Katie Daniels

 

“The cross is the glory of the angels and the defeat of the demons,” chanted Archbishop Demetrios. Demetrios, the primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, turned and blessed the crowd around him, including a deacon, an archdeacon, and the Executive Director of the Port Authority. The group had gathered in the shadow of the World Trade Center to watch as a crane moved a 6-foot-3-inch cross on top of St. Nicholas Greek National Shrine.

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Dec

2016

Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach Dies at Age 87

 

 

by Quentin Bet

 

On November 26, just days before his 88th birthday, Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach (pictured) passed away in Beirut, Lebanon. During his lifetime, Fr. Kolvenbach served as a priest for 55 years and as a Jesuit for 68. He served as the Superior General of the Society of Jesus for nearly 25 years, making him the 28th successor of St. Ignatius of Loyola. As the leading figure among the Jesuits, Fr. Kolvenbach had extensive knowledge of spirituality and social justice.

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Nov

2016

Donald Trump Beats Hillary Clinton in Presidential Race

by Katie Daniels

 

In the early hours of November 9, Donald Trump won key victories in decisive swing states to beat Hillary Clinton and become the 45th president of the United States. The real estate mogul and reality TV star won 290 electoral votes to the former Secretary of State’s 232, repudiating polls that predicted a Clinton win. Trump’s victory is widely seen as a populist rejection of the political establishment in favor of a candidate who promised to address the concerns of blue-collar white voters overlooked by the political elite.

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