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    Apr 27, 2015

    New CCHD parish organizer begins work at Springfield Diocese

    Story and photo by Sharon Roulier

    SPRINGFIELD -- Emily Rodriguez (pictured at right in photo) of Springfield has been named the parish community organizer for the Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) of the Springfield Diocese.

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    Apr 27, 2015

    Pope offers prayers for quake victims, solidarity for relief workers

    (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

    By Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis offered his prayers to all those affected by a deadly earthquake in Nepal and encouraged rescue and emergency workers in their efforts.

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    Apr 26, 2015

    Former 'Today Show' correspondent headlines at diocesan women’s conference


    Story and photos by Carolee McGrath
    CHICOPEE – Mike Leonard had humble beginnings. The former "Today Show" correspondent didn’t come from money, he wasn’t the best student. And yet, with the love of his family, with his faith and creativity, he managed to find his way.

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    Apr 25, 2015

    Catholics to press nuclear weapons ban at U.N. treaty review conference

    (CNS photo/Joey Kelly, EPA)

    By Dennis Sadowski, Catholic News Service
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- It was April 11, 1963, as the Catholic Church was in the midst of the Second Vatican Council, that St. John XXIII issued his landmark social encyclical "Pacem in Terris" ("Peace on Earth") that included a call for a verifiable ban on nuclear weapons.

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