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    Feb 1, 2015

    Saint John Paul II first class relic arrives in Diocese of Springfield

    Story and photos by Terence Hegarty

    WILBRAHAM – The faith of the people was on display along with the relic of a world-renowned and beloved saint as part of a 5 p.m. Mass at St. Cecilia Parish here Jan. 31.

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    Jan 31, 2015

    Longtime pro-life advocates leave Massachusetts Citizens For Life, form new group


    (Iobserve file photo/Carolee McGrath)

    By Carolee McGrath
    LONGMEADOW – More than a dozen dedicated former members of the Pioneer Valley Massachusetts Citizens for Life (PV-MCFL) have started a new pro-life organization.

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    Jan 30, 2015

    Berkshire students celebrate Catholic schools at annual Mass

    Staff report
    (Iobserve photos/Sharon Roulier)

    PITTSFIELD – Berkshire Catholic school students came together Friday, Jan. 21, for the annual Berkshire County Catholic Schools Week Mass.

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    Jan 30, 2015

    'I am your brother,' Burlington's new bishop tells Vermont Catholics




    Story and photo by Cori Fugere Urban, Catholic News Service
    BURLINGTON, Vt. (CNS) -- The former auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis was installed as the 10th bishop of the Diocese of Burlington during a joyful celebration of the Mass Jan. 29.


Jan 12, 2014

Pope Francis announces new cardinals


 

 WORLD

VATICAN RADIO --  After the Angelus today, Jan. 12,  Pope Francis announced 16 new cardinals. They will receive this honor at the upcoming Consistory Feb. 23.

Pope Francis said: 

 ”As was previously announced, on February 22, the Feast of the Chair of Peter, I will have the joy of holding a Consistory, during which I will name 16 new Cardinals, who, coming from 12 countries from every part of the world, represent the deep ecclesial relationship between the Church of Rome and the other Churches throughout the world. The following day [February 23] I will preside at a solemn concelebration with the new Cardinals, while on February 20 and 21 I will hold a Consistory with all the Cardinals to reflect on the theme of the family.

Here are the names of the new Cardinals:
    Pietro Parolin, Titular Archbishop of Acquapendente, Secretary of State
    Lorenzo Baldisseri, Titular Archbishop of Diocleziana, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops.
    Gerhard Ludwig Műller, Archbishop-Bishop emeritus of Regensburg, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
    Beniamino Stella, Titular Archbishop of Midila, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy.   
    Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster (Great Britain).
    Leopoldo José Brenes Solórzano, Archbishop of Managua (Nicaragua).   
    Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec (Canada).
    Jean-Pierre Kutwa, Archbishop of Abidjan (Ivory Coast). 
    Orani João Tempesta, O.Cist., Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).
    Gualtiero Bassetti, Archbishop of Perugia-Città della Pieve (Italy). 
    Mario Aurelio Poli, Archbishop of Buenos Aires (Argentina).
    Andrew Yeom Soo jung, Archbishop of Seoul (Korea). 
    Ricardo Ezzati Andrello, S.D.B., Archbishop of Santiago del Cile (Chile).
    Philippe Nakellentuba Ouédraogo, Archbishop of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).  
    Orlando B. Quevedo, O.M.I., Archbishop of Cotabato (Philippines).
    Chibly Langlois, Bishop of Les Cayes (Haïti).

"Together with them, I will join to the Members of the College of Cardinals three Archbishops emeriti distinguished for their service to the Holy See and to the Church.

"They are:
    Loris Francesco Capovilla, Titular Archbishop of Mesembria.
    Fernando Sebastián Aguilar, C.M.F., Archbishop emeritus of Pamplona.
    Kelvin Edward Felix, Archbishop emeritus of Castries.

"Let us pray for the new Cardinals, that vested in the virtues and the sentiments of the Lord Jesus, the Good Shepherd, they might be able to help more effectively the Bishop of Rome in his service to the universal Church.”