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  • Cathedral undergoing exterior cleaning, restoration

    SOUTH END -- The Cathedral of the Holy Cross is slated for a $2 million face lift with the work to be completed by November. Cathedral rector Father Kevin J. O'Leary has been at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross since 2008, and said the growth of the ministries at the cathedral parish has increased participation and visibility of the cathedral in the neighborhood. As that growth occurred, the need for the restoration became more obvious.

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  • Cardinal welcomes pope's letter on the Year of Mercy

    Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley released the following statement Sept. 1, welcoming Pope Francis' decision to extend the faculties of all priests worldwide to forgive the sin of abortion during the Jubilee Year of Mercy and encouraging those involved to seek the services of Project Rachel.

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  • Project Rachel: Learning to forgive myself and others

    The Pilot ran in 2012 "Voices of hope and healing," a series of reflections offered by women who have found healing from the pain of abortion through the post-abortion ministry. In the context of the Holy Father's letter on the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy we are reprinting one of those reflections.

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  • Archdiocese's investment in World Mission rich via Maryknoll Sisters

    The year was 1904. For Boston-born and bred Mollie Rogers, a young student at Smith College in Northampton, life was just beginning. Like many young women her age, she wondered what lay in store for her. As a devout Catholic, she also wondered how her gifts and abilities might be of service to her Church.

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  • Boston joins nationwide Planned Parenthood protest

    BOSTON -- "We have been silent too long," Father Michael McNamara told the more than 300 people praying and protesting outside the Planned Parenthood on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston. On Aug. 22, over 330 protests were held at Planned Parenthood (PP) locations across the country in a call to defund the organization that provides 30 percent of the nation's abortions. Four of those protests took place in Massachusetts cities -- Boston, Fitchburg, Springfield and Worcester.

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  • Presidential race stirs immigration debate

    The nation's Catholic bishops are unequivocal in their support for immigration reform that would include a so-called pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants who are in the United States without legal documents.

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  • Relics of St. Maria Goretti to visit Cathedral in October

    BOSTON -- The body of St. Mary Goretti will be brought to the Cathedral of the Holy Cross Oct. 5 as part of a historic first trip to the United States. The Treasures of the Church ministry will present the "Pilgrimage of Mercy: the Tour of the Major Relics of St. Maria Goretti" from September to November, with stops at 25 dioceses in 16 states, including New York, Boston, Newark, Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, and Oklahoma City. Hosts of the body will include parishes, schools, and prisons during the tour, which will be only the second time she has left Italy.

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  • Seminarian Spotlight: Kevin Staley-Joyce

    Home town and state -- Boston, Mass. High School -- The Roxbury Latin School Seminary Attending -- Pontifical North American College, Fourth Theology What are some of the factors that led to your decision to enter the seminary and discern the question of a vocation to the priesthood?

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  • The Sisters of the Presentation of Mary -- Then and now

    "My daughters will cross the seas," predicted Anne Marie Rivier, foundress of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary. Little did she know how many times and how many seas her sisters would cross in the more than 200 years since the Congregation's foundation.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last week I had the joy of presiding at the Mass to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St. Nicholas in Galway, Ireland. The reason I was asked to preside at the celebration was that 50 years ago this cathedral was built in Galway City with the help of Cardinal Cushing and the Irish of Boston.

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  • Collaborative takes evangelization to the streets

    LOWELL -- As parishes in collaborative ministry move toward a focus on intentional discipleship in the new evangelization, priests and parishioners in the Archdiocese of Boston are looking for new ways to bring the Church to those who have drifted away.

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  • Grey Nuns of Montreal: Shadow of a saint

    "An institution is the lengthened shadow of one (wo) man." (Emerson). This truth is illustrated by Marguerite d'Youville, Foundress of the Grey Nuns, by her "shadow" that has spread beyond Montreal to distant areas of the world, ever since its beginnings.

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  • Priests celebrate fraternity at annual Vianney Cookout

    BRIGHTON -- Boston clergy gathered to share priestly fraternity in a casual setting at the Annual St. John Vianney Cookout hosted by St. John Seminary, Aug. 6, which began with a talk on the papal encyclical "Laudato Si'" by Father J. Bryan Hehir.

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  • Local demonstrations planned over Planned Parenthood practices

    BOSTON -- Massachusetts Citizens for Life, 40 Days for Life, and Operation Rescue will protest at Planned Parenthood facilities in Massachusetts, Aug. 22, as part of a series of demonstrations nationally in response to recently-released videos that prompted investigations of the largest provider of abortions in the United States.

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  • Priest with local ties named global leader of Oblates

    Boston -- A priest of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary with Boston ties has been tapped to lead the order globally. The Oblates of the Virgin Mary elected Father David J. Nicgorski, 58, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as the Rector Major of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary in July. Just before that, Father Nicgorski served as the provincial for the North American St. Ignatius Province of the Oblates.

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  • Religious of the Good Shepherd: 'Our zeal should embrace the whole world'

    The Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd is an international, apostolic religious institute of pontifical right. As women religious called to a mission of reconciliation, we express our charism of sacrificial love through an apostolic or a contemplative life. United in the same charism, we commit ourselves to live the gospel in the spirit of our foundress, St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier. There are 3600 members present in 73 countries. Good Shepherd lay volunteers, associates and mission partners support us in our mission.

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  • Statehouse rally calls for defunding of Planned Parenthood

    BOSTON -- Students for Life America hosted the "Women Betrayed" rally in front of the Massachusetts Statehouse, July 28, which called for the government to investigate and defund the nation's largest abortion provider. The rally was held in response to the release of a series of online videos showing Planned Parenthood officials speaking about controversial means of donating fetal tissue for research.

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  • Local family brings donations for persecuted refugees to Iraq

    BRAINTREE -- A family from the Syriac Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Boston recently made a trip to Iraq where they delivered much-needed aid directly to displaced Christian and Yazidi families living in tents and caravans as a result of attacks by the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

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  • African clergy in U.S. hold annual convention in Randolph

    RANDOLPH -- Cultural and social challenges to the traditional family on a global and national scale, impact the families of African immigrants to the United States in a unique way, according to organizers of the annual convention of the African priests and religious in the U.S. held in Randolph last week.

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  • St. Paul School in Wellesley to close

    WELLESLEY -- St. Paul School in Wellesley announced last week that due to low enrollment the school will not open in September. "Over the past several years, St. Paul School has faced a steady decline in enrollment. An attempt to secure solid commitments from parents for the upcoming school year was not sufficient" the school said in a statement on their website.

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  • Seminarian Spotlight: Americo Santos

    Home town and state -- Everett, Mass. High School -- Inarce, El Salvador Seminary Attending -- St. John's Seminary, Third Theology What are some of the factors that led to your decision to enter the seminary and discern the question of a vocation to the priesthood?

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  • Franciscan Friars of the Atonement: Bringing reconciliation, healing and Atonement to the marketplace

    In 1960 Richard Cardinal Cushing, the Archbishop of Boston, invited the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement to send some friars to establish the presence of our community in the archdiocese. The friars felt deeply privileged to be admitted into the archdiocese, and Cardinal Cushing wanted them to "conduct a public Chapel and Information Center in the South Shore area." His concept was to establish a "chapel of convenience" to serve the increasingly suburban and mobile faithful in the southern part of the diocese. Since it was established, there have been 15 friars who served as directors of the Chapel of Our Savior, Brockton, and another 48 who have supported the mission and continue to help the many visitors to the Chapel and gift shop.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Planned Parenthood revelations All of us were shocked by the recent revelations concerning Planned Parenthood harvesting organs from aborted children and then marketing those organs. On the one hand Planned Parenthood wants us to believe that a fetus is not a child, but on the other hand they are harvesting human organs from the fetuses.

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