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Recapture of Christian towns contrasts with Islamic State gains in Syria

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20150521cnsbr9678 webA general view of famous graves is pictured in Palmyra, Syria, May 19. (CNS photo/Reuters) AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) – Church bells are ringing once again in the Assyrian Christian villages dotting the Khabur River in northeastern Syria after Islamic State militants were routed by a combination of forces.

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New shepherds for Christ are ordained

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5 16 15 ordain 5475 webArchbishop Leonard P. Blair poses for pictures with three new priests of the Archdiocese of Hartford after their ordination Mass May 16 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. From left are Father Ricardo Borja, Archbishop Blair, Father Ramon Garcia and Father Mauricio Galvis. (Photo by Jack Sheedy)

HARTFORD – A priest is a shepherd. That is what Archbishop Leonard P. Blair emphasized to three men moments before he ordained them to the priesthood at a solemn but joyous Mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph May 16.

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Montessori school community building on it success

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ENFIELD – Enfield Montessori School students hang on to their special-occasion hard hats in a stiff breeze while parading about a quarter of a mile from their school building at 1370 Enfield St. and through the tree-lined grounds of the Felician Sisters’ property to the Heritage Center at 1325 Enfield St., the site of their future school, on May 13.

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Priests of tomorrow get a taste of ministry today

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seminarians adjMen from St. John's Seminary in Brighton, Mass., and others get together for a pose while ministering at St. Patrick's Manor in Framingham, Mass.

BRIGHTON, Mass. – Seminarians from across the Northeast and around the world who study at St. John's Seminary here are getting a taste of what it takes to be a priest in today's world.  A very important part of formation at the seminary includes weekly pastoral assignments, where seminarians are assigned to various institutions in the Boston area.

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