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    May 6, 2015

    Vatican upholds church closings in Holyoke and Northampton

    (Iobserve file photos)

    By Peggy Weber
    SPRINGFIELD – The Vatican’s Apostolic Signatura, its highest court, has upheld the decisions to close Mater Dolorosa Church (pictured at right) in Holyoke and St. Mary of the Assumption Church (left) in Northampton, according to the Springfield Diocese.

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    May 6, 2015

    Pope suggests 'Divine Comedy' as important reading for Year of Mercy

    By Elliot Williams
    Catholic News Service

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy is more than a literary masterpiece, it is an invitation "to rediscover the lost or obscured meaning of our human path and to hope to see again the glowing horizon on which the dignity of the human person shines in its fullness," Pope Francis said.

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    May 5, 2015

    Schoendienst quietly lives his faith, serves as mentor to young players

    (CNS photo/Tannen Maury, EPA)

    By Joseph Kenny, Catholic News Service
    ST. LOUIS (CNS) -- Seventy years ago, a ballplayer from a small-town Catholic family began a Hall of Fame career in major league baseball.

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    May 5, 2015

    Baltimore prays for peace, progress in addressing systemic injustices

    (CNS photo/Sait Kernan Gurbuz, Reuters)

    By Erik Zygmont, Catholic News Service
    BALTIMORE (CNS) -- Prayer provides the strength and patience needed to love neighbors and will help Baltimoreans as they addresses the injustices that led to a night of rioting and looting, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore said.

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