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Massachusetts ‘Transgender’ School Policy Criticized (6609)

State guidelines place the wishes of students who identify as ‘transgender’ ahead of parents and other students regarding issues such as use of bathrooms.

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BOSTON — Young grade-school girls in Massachusetts may feel uncomfortable if a boy wants to use their locker room and restrooms in school.

But if that boy identifies as a girl — regardless of his actual biological gender — then girls will just have to deal with it, according to guidelines published earlier this year by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

“This discomfort is not a reason to deny access to the transgender student,” the guidelines say, adding that school administrators and counseling staff should address the students’ discomfort and “foster understanding of gender identity.”

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Dignity of Man Central to ‘Rethinking Solidarity,’ Says Pope (2545)

The Holy Father urged the restoration of solidarity as a ‘social value,’ noting that much of the business and economic world does not hold it in high esteem.

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Pope Francis rides through St. Peter's Square after Mass on April 28.

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VATICAN CITY — Speaking to an international group dedicated to promoting education on the Church’s social teaching, Pope Francis called for a new economic view that places the human person at the center.

“We must return to the centrality of man, to a more ethical view of business and human relations, without the fear of losing something,” the Pope said on May 25.

Pope Francis addressed members of the Fondazione Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (The Foundation Centesimus Annus — Pro Pontiff) at the end of their three-day conference at the Vatican. Founded by Blessed Pope John Paul II in 1993, the organization is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

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Human Dignity, Church Teaching Emphasized Amid Boy Scouts’ Decision (3698)

Some Catholic groups have stated that they will continue to sponsor scouting groups, while other dioceses will reserve judgment until after the January implementation.

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Boy Scouts of America salute the flag during the 2010 National Scout Jamboree on Fort AP Hill, Va.

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WASHINGTON — Responding to the Boy Scouts’ decision to allow openly homosexual members, U.S. Catholic scouting groups called for loving respect towards all people, while reiterating the need to proclaim Church teaching on sexuality.

“The Catholic Church teaches that people who experience a homosexual inclination or a same-sex attraction are to be treated with respect, recognizing the dignity of all persons,” said the National Catholic Committee on Scouting in a May 23 statement.

“The Church’s teaching is clear that engaging in sexual activity outside of marriage is immoral,” the organization continued. “Individuals who are open and avowed homosexuals, promoting and engaging in...READ MORE

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Don’t Create Sacrament of ‘Pastoral Customs,’ Pope Preaches (15140)

The Pope reminds Christians to open the door to the ‘holy people of God, a simple people, who want to get closer to Jesus.’

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis warned that some Christians establish the eighth sacrament “of pastoral customs” when they insist on protocol instead of seeking to meet spiritual needs.

He made his remarks during his May 25 homily on the Gospel reading from Mark 10 in which the disciples rebuked people who were bringing children to Jesus.

“I remember once, coming out of the city of Salta, on the patronal feast, there was a humble lady who asked for a priest’s blessing,” Pope Francis recalled in the chapel of St. Martha’s House.

“The priest said, ‘All right, but you were at the Mass’ and explained the whole theology of blessing in the Church. 'You did well.'

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Adoration With Pope Energizing Catholics Worldwide (8131)

The gathering will be an hour of simultaneous adoration for the feast of Corpus Christi, which Pope Francis will begin in St. Peter’s Basilica at 5pm Rome time.

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Eucharistic adoration

– Matthew Rarey-CNA

VATICAN CITY — The Catholic world will be united with Pope Francis on the feast of Corpus Christi as he leads a “historic” hour of simultaneous Eucharistic adoration.

“Even some islands in the middle of the ocean … at two in the morning — they don’t have electricity — but even with that, they will be in communion with us and Pope Francis for one hour,” Archbishop Rino Fisichella said as he explained the intense reaction he is seeing to the June 2 event.

“I am proud to say that this is a historical moment for the history of the Church, because, for one hour, all the churches in the world will be united. … We are united because the Eucharistic makes us all one body and one spirit, so we...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Will Complete Benedict XVI’s Encyclical on Faith (7950)

The pope emeritus will not contribute additional material to the document, the Vatican discloses.

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VATICAN CITY —  Pope Francis is completing an encyclical on faith begun by Pope Benedict XVI, but the pope emeritus is not contributing further to the document, the Vatican has said.

Speaking to reporters May 24, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi denied earlier reports claiming that Benedict XVI was continuing to write the encyclical that would then be signed by Pope Francis.

“As is known, at the time of his resignation, Benedict XVI left the encyclical project that had already been started,” Father Lombardi said, adding that it “now appears his successor is completing it, even if I couldn’t predict the time necessary for its publication.”

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Wisconsin Cardinal Takes Possession of Roman See (1901)

For the first time since receiving his red hat in November, Cardinal James Harvey visited his titular church.

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Cardinal James Harvey celebrated Mass at St. Pius V a Villa Carpegna on May 26.

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ROME — Far from his native Milwaukee, Cardinal James Harvey took possession of his “titular church” in Rome, a vibrant suburban parish that will now look to him as its cardinal-patron.

“Be assured of my continued remembrance in the Lord and of my friendship, my friendship for all of you, regardless of how you collaborate within this reality, this parish community,” Cardinal Harvey told parishioners at St. Pius V a Villa Carpegna during Mass on May 26.

In Catholic tradition, each cardinal is given a “titular see” in Rome that serves as a highly symbolic link to the successor of St. Peter, the pope.

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The First Martyr of the Mafia (5040)

Father Giuseppe Puglisi of Sicily, who was killed by Mafia hitmen in 1993, was beatified May 25.

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Blessed Giuseppe Puglisi

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PALERMO, Italy — No one expected the murder of Father Giuseppi “Pino” Puglisi, the Sicilian priest killed in 1993 by Mafia hitmen. So said three Sicilian bishops, who shared part of their life with the blessed, as they recalled his life and his surprising death during the week before their friend’s beatification.

The beatification of Father Puglisi took place May 25 in the Sicilian city of Palermo, Italy. The event, which drew a crowd of more than 80,000 people, according to Vatican Radio, comes only 20 years after the priest’s death. Cardinal Paolo Romeo, the current archbishop of Palermo presided over the beatification Mass.

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