RELIGION

Okane Hall at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.
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The board of trustees for the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, met Feb. 3 and decided that the school mascot will continue to be the crusader.

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The Associated Press on Wednesday published a report detailing the existence of several previously undisclosed mass graves of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar along with shocking details of the systematic execution of victims and attempts to hide evidence of the crime.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, gave his fourth annual address from the House rostrum.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

We're taking a look at Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker's big week. With a re-election bid looming, he gave his State of the Commonwealth address on Tuesday, and a day later, released his budget proposal for the the next year

Bishop Mitchell Rozanski announces a team to review Catholic schools in the Springfield, Massachusetts, diocese.
Karen Brown / NEPR

Catholic schools in western Massachusetts, like elsewhere in the country, have been losing students in recent years, and some have closed. 

A jar of marijuana buds for sale inside the River Rock dispensary in Denver, Colorado.
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We lead off 2018 with news that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded a policy that allowed states to go ahead with legalizing marijuana. So what will this mean for Massachusetts? 

Reaction to the death of Cardinal Bernard Law, the man who came to be the face of the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, has been emotional, particularly for survivors of clergy abuse.

Law, who led the Boston archdiocese for 19 years before he stepped down in disgrace over the scandal in 2002, died in Rome early Wednesday. He was 86.

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Cardinal Bernard Law, the former archbishop of Boston — once widely seen as America's most influential prelate before resigning in disgrace amid the growing clergy sexual abuse scandal — has died in Rome.

The Holy See's press office confirmed Law's death "after a long illness." He was 86.

A father of three sought sanctuary from deportation in a New Haven church on Thursday after the Board of Immigration Appeals denied his request for an emergency stay of removal Wednesday night.

The Hartford Women's Center in Hartford, Connecticut.
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The proposal, under review by the Hartford City Council, comes after complaints about the Hartford Women's Center, which opened earlier this year.

On Nov. 27, the Council of Churches of Western Massachusetts hosted a summit on church security. Pictured, Archbishop Timothy Paul speaks.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

On a cold November evening, Bishop Bruce Shaw led a prayer.

"All this violence is going on, but we know you’re the answer, Lord, Jesus. That you can curb some of this," Shaw said in front of the approximately 50 people gathered at the Centro Cristiano Nacion De Jesus church in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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