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Vatican denies Boston parishioners' final appeal to keep churches open

Parishioners who have occupied a closed Massachusetts Catholic church for nearly a decade said they plan one final petition to Pope Francis to prevent the building from being sold by the Boston archdiocese.

Jon Rogers, a member of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish in Scituate, said petitioning the pope was a last-resort measure. Despite the step, he said he was not sure it would succeed.

"We promised 10 years ago when we started this we would exhaust every avenue of appeal," Rogers told Catholic News Service on Tuesday.

Archbishop: Catholics should be free to serve with 'eucharistic heart'

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The Eucharist conforms Catholics to "the pattern of Christ's self-giving love" and compels them to see the dignity of the poor and perform acts of mercy, Baltimore Archbishop William Lori said at the June 21 opening Mass for this year's Fortnight for Freedom.

The Mass coincided with the feast of Corpus Christi.

"By entering the dynamic of Christ's self-giving eucharistic love, we are impelled ... to work for a loving and just society where the dignity of human life is respected from conception until natural death and all the stages in between," he said in his homily.

Pope names Baltimore auxiliary bishop to head Massachusetts diocese

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Pope Francis has appointed Auxiliary Bishop Mitchell Rozanski of Baltimore as bishop of the diocese of Springfield, Mass.

Rozanski will succeed Bishop Timothy McDonnell, 76, whose resignation was accepted by the pope.

The appointment was announced Thursday in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Rozanski, 55, was ordained a priest for the Baltimore archdiocese in 1984. He became an auxiliary bishop in the archdiocese in 2004.

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