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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 16, 1978 when the first Mass was held at St. Monica Church, Northford.
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20180713T1108 18398 CNS BORDER MARKHAM 800Dominican Sister Donna Markham, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, and Bishop Edward J. Weisenburger of Tucson, Ariz., pray July 12 with a young family moments before they leave Casa Alitas, a family shelter in Tucson, for a bus trip that will take them to family in Baltimore. (CNS photo/Michael Brown, Catholic Outlook) NOGALES, Mexico (CNS) -- Dominican Sister Donna Markham, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, grew emotional talking about the harrowing stories she heard from immigrants about the life they left behind to seek refuge in the United States.

20180711T1209 18307 CNS DEATH PENALTY NEVADA 800The Catholic Mobilizing Network has urged the state of Nevada to spare the life of convicted murderer Scott Dozier, who was scheduled to be executed July 11 at the state prison in Ely, Nevada. Dozier is pictured in an undated handout photo from the Nevada Department of Corrections. (CNS photo/courtesy Nevada Department of Corrections)LAS VEGAS (CNS) -- After a pharmaceutical company objected to the state of Nevada using one of its drugs to carry out the death penalty, a judge temporarily halted the execution of convicted murderer Scott Dozier planned for July 11 in the state prison in Ely.

20180712T0855 18327 CNS TAURAN FUNERAL VATICAN 800Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, celebrates the funeral Mass for French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican July 12. Cardinal Tauran, who announced the election of Pope Francis, had a long career as a Vatican diplomat and later worked on interreligious dialogue. He died July 5 at the age of 75 in Hartford, Conn. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Pope Francis attended the funeral Mass and presided over the final commendation of Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the French cardinal who led the Vatican's outreach to other religions and who had announced to the world his election as pope five years ago. He died July 5 at age 75 in Hartford, Conn..

20180711T1024 18303 CNS VATICAN DECOMMISSIONED CHURCHES GUIDELINES 800Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel poses in 2015 for a picture at the decommissioned Santa Barbara church in Oviedo, Spain. Okuda presented his work "Kaos Temple," painted on the walls, vaults and glass windows of the church, where a skatepark has been installed to allow skaters enjoy his work. (CNS photo/J.L. Cereijido, EPA)VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican is helping organize an international conference meant to help dioceses work with their local communities in finding appropriate uses for decommissioned churches.

20180711T1413 18311 CNS BLACK CLERGY RELIGIOUS 50 800Women pose in 1969 outside the National Black Sisters' Conference headquarters in Washington. The organization's founding came out of a meeting of black sisters in August 1968 in Pittsburgh organized by Mercy Sister Martin de Porres Grey. She was inspired by the first meeting of the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus held in Detroit earlier that year. (CNS photo/courtesy National Black Catholic Sisters' Conference)WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Fifty years ago, Josephite Father William Norvel thought it was time for black priests to come together.

20180710T1330 18280 CNS PHILIPPINES BISHOPS PRAYER 800Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, right, greets Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, before a meeting inside the presidential palace in Manila. (CNS photo/Rey Baniquet, Presidential Photographers Division via EPA) MANILA, Philippines (CNS) -- Outspoken Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is to curb his tirades against the Catholic Church after agreeing to a moratorium on statements deriding priests and bishops.

20180709T2159 0288 CNS SCOTUS NOMINEE KAVANAUGH 800Brett Kavanaugh, a Catholic, who is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, smiles July 9 at the White House in Washington after President Donald Trump named him his Supreme Court nominee. (CNS photo/Jim Bourg, Reuters)WASHINGTON (CNS) -- President Donald Trump announced July 9 that his nominee for the Supreme Court is Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge in Washington and a Catholic who once clerked for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.