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Panel about Francis at Boston College

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If I were in Boston, this is where I'd be next Tuesday evening:

Pope Francis and the Future of the Global Church
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 | 6:30 p.m.  

Panelists:
• Francesco Cesareo, President, Assumption College
• Richard R. Gaillardetz, Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology, Theology Department
• Mar Muñoz-Visoso, Executive Director, Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church, USCCB
Moderator: M. Shawn Copeland, Professor, Theology Department

Opposition to the death penalty continues to grow

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I heard the good news on NPR: Washington state's governor, Jay Inslee, announced he will not sign death warrants even though the death penalty is legal in his state. He said there have been "too many doubts raised about capital punishment, [and] there are too many flaws in this system today." That may be the understatement of the year.

Inslee joins Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper in declaring what are in effect state moratoriums on the use of the death penalty.

Motion seeks to appeal Minn. judge's decision, block Nienstedt deposition

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A motion filed Thursday could put the brakes on a possible deposition of St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt regarding clergy sexual abuse in his archdiocese. 

According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese filed a motion late Thursday night asking District Judge John Van de North to stay his decision from earlier in the week that depositions be taken of Nienstedt and former vicar general Fr. Kevin McDonough.

'Francis effect' evident at international meeting of Marianist Lay Communities

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I recently observed the global "Francis effect" at the 6th International Meeting of Marianist Lay Communities in Lima, Peru. The theme of our meeting, "Faith of the Heart in the Heart of the World," was chosen before Pope Benedict XVI called for a Year of Faith and before the election of our new pope. We had no idea that our theme would be so timely.

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