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Exhibit documents work of ‘Grey Nuns’ for Irish immigrants

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grnuns bobm webMonument to first Canadian Cardinal, Elzear-Alexandre Cardinal Taschereau in Old Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, depicts Grey Nuns ministering to sick Irish immigrants. (Photo by Bob Mullen)

HAMDEN – The great Irish famine immigration to the United States in the 1840s is well known, but less celebrated are the heroic efforts of three orders of Catholic religious sisters in Montreal, Canada, who cared for tens of thousands of immigrants who had contracted typhus fever during their voyages on overcrowded ships.

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Analyzing ruling's implications will take time, say church officials

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analyze 20150428cnsbr9221 webA supporter of same-sex marriage stands outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington April 28. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Analyzing the ramifications of the June 26 same-sex marriage ruling for the Catholic Church at the national, state and local levels will take time, said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore.

It has implications for "hundreds, if not thousands" of laws at all levels, and there is "a difficult road ahead for people of faith," he said.

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Life Haven offers safe haven to women, children

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life haven2 webIn front of Life Haven in New Haven are, from left, Maryrose Hoffman, New Reach board member; Leanne Brewer, Life Haven manager; Mary Grande, community relations specialist; and Katie Fischer, a member of the development committee. (Photo by Mary Chalupsky) NEW HAVEN – For 30 years, Life Haven has been opening its doors to serve homeless women and children; but never has the shelter been in more demand than now.

“It’s the place between the streets and having a roof over your head,” said Mary Grande, community relations specialist for Life Haven.

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Franciscan Sisters honor four at sports banquet

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fran sports 5858 adj webFranciscan Mother General Shaun Vergauwen shares a laugh with retired University of Connecticut Men’s Basketball Head Coach Jim Calhoun at the head table of the Franciscan Sports Banquet at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville June 2. (Photo by Jack Sheedy)

PLANTSVILLE – Jim Calhoun, retired head coach of UConn men’s basketball, remembers the first time he was a part of the Franciscan Sports Banquet. “I came in when [former heavyweight boxing champion] Floyd Patterson was here in 1988,” he told The Catholic Transcript moments before the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist’s 30th annual fund-raiser kicked off at the Aqua Turf Club on June 2.

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Catholic sisters and the American Civil War

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nuns civil webA monument dedicated to the women religious who ministered to wounded and dying soldiers from the North and South during the American Civil War is seen in this photo taken in 2011 across the street from the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

NEW HAVEN – It’s hard to imagine that anything good could come from a war that claimed at least 600,000 lives in a span of four years.

Of course, good did come of the United States Civil War, in spite of the pervasive suffering experienced in North and South: slavery was finally abolished in the nation, of course, and the Union was preserved.

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Archbishop Blair shares ideas with religious in formation

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consec life formation webArchbishop Leonard P. Blair takes questions from about 100 women and men religious in formation in various religious communities on May 21 at the motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph in West Hartford. (Photo by Karen O. Bray)

WEST HARTFORD – “I’m all ears,” Archbishop Leonard P. Blair told about 100 women and men religious in formation in religious communities on May 21, during a get-together at the motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

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Made ‘At the beginning’

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blair abp len hedshot for web PE7 5205Archbishop Blair's monthly column 

I wish to express my deep disappointment in the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

First and foremost, we have to bear in mind that the government and its laws do not create marriage. God created marriage, and this is reflected in the self-evident nature of sexual relations as these are recognized by human reason and common sense.

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