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    A task force has been announced to look at the response to sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield. 

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There is a new agreement between the Springfield Roman Catholic Diocese and prosecutors about the procedures for reporting sex abuse allegations against church employees.

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   A top law enforcement official in western Massachusetts has launched a new initiative to investigate clergy sex abuse.

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      Religious leaders in western Massachusetts are condemning acts of intolerance that have been reported locally since the election.

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The only Roman Catholic high School in Berkshire County is closing. The Diocese of Springfield announced Thursday that St. Joseph Central High School in Pittsfield will close at the end of the current academic year in June 2017.

Church officials blamed the closure on declining enrollment, the increasing costs of education, greater financial assistance needs, a financial deficit, and the overwhelming costs of renovating the school's aging facilities.

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The spiritual leader of Roman Catholics in western Massachusetts offered a broad apology today to people wounded by the clergy sex abuse scandal, to those embittered by church closings, and to people who were alienated from the church over racial and cultural differences or sexual orientation.

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The announcement today by Pope Francis of a streamlining of the marriage annulment process was welcomed by one longtime adjudicator of annulment requests from western Massachusetts Catholics.

The head of the annulment tribunal for the Diocese of Springfield, Msgr. John Bonzagni said the administrative changes ordered by the pope will eliminate automatic appeals, initiate a hearing within 30 days of application, and end the practice of charging fees to people seeking to annul their marriage.

"Everybody's life is going to be made a lot easier," said Bonzagni.

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A western Massachusetts-based order of Catholic sisters, consisting mostly of retired teachers, has apparently been saved from financial ruin.

Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski Monday announced a $1 million donation from the diocese to the Sisters of St. Joseph, a 130- year old religious order, whose members taught generations of students in parochial schools throughout western Massachusetts and elsewhere in New England.

"Now, it is our turn to repay the tremendous debt we owe these sisters for all they have dne for us," said Rozanski.

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A group dedicated to saving a shuttered Pittsfield church once slated for demolition recently got a look inside the deteriorating cathedral.

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A leading Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee is pulling back on plans to demolish a 73-year-old church in Pittsfield, Massachusetts to make way for a restaurant.

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There has been outcry among members of the Pittsfield, Massachusetts community after plans to demolish a 73-year-old church to make way for a Dunkin’ Donuts surfaced last week.

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There is a new spiritual leader for the 220,000 Roman Catholics in western Massachusetts. A new bishop has been installed to administer the Springfield diocese.

Mitchell Thomas Rozanski was formally installed Tuesday as the ninth Bishop of Springfield during a nearly 2-and-a-half-hour long ceremony filled with music, prayer, and ancient symbols.

" I am both humbled and honored to serve as your bishop," Rozanski declared.

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A Catholic high school in Springfield, Massachusetts that was severely damaged by the 2011 tornado will be replaced with the help of federal funds.  Rebuilding Cathedral High School is seen as a key step to completing the city’s recovery from the natural disaster.