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  • Robots coming to a kindergarten near you

    BRAINTREE -- Programming robots might not sound like a task for the average kindergartener, but it's something students in 11 Catholic schools across the Archdiocese of Boston will soon be able to do with ease thanks to a new partnership between the archdiocese and KinderLab Robotics.

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  • Group challenges 'Know Nothing' governor's anti-Catholic legacy

    BOSTON -- For years, the portrait of the 19th century Massachusetts Gov. Henry Gardner has hung in the State House just outside the House of Representatives. But that, as well the legacy Gardner has left in the Massachusetts constitution, are things that Catholic advocates and the Pioneer Institute say need to change.

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  • Bishop Robert Reed: Living God's will 'has been the joy of my life'

    One would never guess that a professional communicator would find himself at a loss for words. But when Bishop Robert P. Reed received a phone call from Apostolic Nuncio to the United States Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano informing him that Pope Francis has just named him bishop, he was dumbfounded.

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  • Family recalls slain Stoneham sister as 'giving and caring'

    STONEHAM, Mass. --The Stoneham family of a religious sister found dead in her Mississippi home Aug. 25 recalled her sister as hard-working, generous and kind. Sister Paula Merrill of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky and a Stoneham, Mass. Native, and Sister Margaret Held, of the Sisters of St. Francis in Milwaukee, were both found dead in their shared home in Durant, Miss.

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  • Bishops-elect make Oath of Fidelity, Profession of Faith

    WATERTOWN -- During an Aug. 12 Mass broadcast live from CatholicTV's studio in Watertown and celebrated by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, Bishops-elect Robert P. Reed and Mark O'Connell took a step towards becoming bishops before their Aug. 24 ordination at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston.

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  • Who is my neighbor?

    As a seasoned traveler, I have come to expect the unexpected. Long lines are an opportunity to say an extra rosary. Flight delays give me time to read or people watch. Airplane take offs and landings rarely unnerve me; I read even through the bumpy ones. So why was it, that as I sat at the Miami airport in the wee hours of May 26 that I was a tad nervous? Perhaps it was because my destination was a place that had been shrouded in mystery for so long.

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  • Meeting the children of Cuba on the baseball field

    One aspect of Jesus' ministry that is clear in each of the Gospels is just how important the development of relationships was in his ministry. Jesus so often did this by meeting people in a place that they were already comfortable. Calling Zaccheus down from the tree to share a meal at his house, meeting his first disciples by the shores of the lake where they fished, visiting Martha at her home -- all are examples of Jesus seeking to develop a meaningful relationship with someone through an encounter in a comfortable, familiar place.

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  • The growth and challenges of the Church in Cuba

    To understand the Church's current situation in Cuba, one needs to look at the early days of the revolution. "I remember that time," recalls Laura Perez. Speaking in her native Spanish from her apartment in West New York, N.J., the 79-year-old reminisced about her days in Cuba, "What we didn't know then actually did come back to hurt us."

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  • New Catholic refugee agency head visits Boston

    BOSTON -- "We help all people, both Christians and people of other faith, and we do it because we are Catholics, we do it because Jesus told us to do this," said Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo, the newly appointed Secretary General of the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) during his recent visit to Boston.

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  • Deacon candidates make sacred profession

    BRAINTREE -- Six candidates for Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate and their wives participated in the Ceremony of Sacred Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity on Aug. 9 at the Bethany Chapel at the Pastoral Center in Braintree. This ceremony is the final step for these six deacon candidates before they receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders on Oct. 15 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

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  • Baseball mission aims to build bridges with Cuban youth

    The Pilot, in collaboration with the Pontifical Mission Societies of the Archdiocese of Boston, recently participated in a five-day mission trip to Cuba exploring way of building youth participation in the Church through baseball. This week and next, we will present special coverage of the trip and commentary on the mission's import and impact.

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  • Episcopal Ordination schedule and broadcast information released

    SOUTH END -- With the Aug. 24 ordination of Bishops-elect Mark O'Connell and Robert P. Reed steadily approaching, the Archdiocese of Boston has released the schedule for the ordination. Taking place in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, the Mass of Ordination will see Bishops-elect O'Connell and Reed become auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Boston, with Bishop-elect O'Connell assuming the role of Regional Bishop for the North Region and Bishop-elect Reed assuming the role of Regional Bishop for the West Region.

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  • Local Catholic school alumni active at Rio Olympic games

    BRAINTREE -- The 2016 Summer Olympics Games in Rio, Brazil is an international event, but for three schools in the Archdiocese of Boston, it hits close to home. Brianne Camilleri, an alumnus of Central Catholic High School in Lawrence, Jimmy Pedro, an alumnus of St. John's Preparatory School in Danvers, and Michael DiSanto, an alumnus of Mount St. Alvernia Academy in Chestnut Hill, are each playing key roles in this year's Summer Olympics, which runs from Aug. 5 to Aug. 21.

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  • Missionary Childhood Assoc. continues mission of 'children helping children'

    Early in the 19th century, a young French woman named Pauline Marie Jaricot had a vision. She saw two oil lamps -- one was empty, the other was full. She saw the full lamp refilling the empty one, without ever depleting itself. Pauline knew that the full lamp represented the missions of her day -- including the United States. The empty lamp was France, still reeling from the secularization of the French Revolution. Pauline felt called to help renew the faith of her Church at home, "filling it up" with stories of faith from the growing Church of the missions.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    As I mentioned last week, I had been giving different catechesis for participants at World Youth Day in Poland, and on Friday we had the last of these in Wadowice. The catechesis was held outdoors in the plaza, which was filled with young people from throughout the world, including our youth from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston.

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  • Boston pilgrims inspired by World Youth Day

    KRAKOW -- For Kyle Joy, it wasn't just the new people he met or the new cultures he experienced that served as highlights of his trip to Krakow, Poland for World Youth Day 2016, but it was also the people he traveled with.

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  • Elizabeth Seton Academy announces closure

    DORCHESTER -- After 13 years of operation, Elizabeth Seton Academy in Dorchester, the last remaining all-girls Catholic high school in Boston, has closed its doors less than a month from the scheduled start of classes Sept. 1.

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  • Boston churches become hotspots for Pokémon

    BRAINTREE -- In the days following its first debut in New Zealand and Australia on July 5, and then its release in the United States the following day, the mobile game Pokémon GO has become a cultural phenomenon that has rocked local communities around the world.

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  • Boston pilgrims make historic pilgrimage to Ireland's Knock Shrine

    KNOCK -- As the historic first Aer Lingus plane from Boston to Knock, Ireland touched down on a runway at Ireland West Airport Knock, July 15, a crowd of people stood by to the welcome the passengers of the flight -- among them Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley and a number of pilgrims with the Archdiocese of Boston.

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  • Spellman Museum links history with stamps

    WESTON -- Despite the obvious appeal Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History, located on the campus of Regis College in Weston, might have to stamp collectors, with its estimated assortment of around two million stamps and its collection evaluation service, it's mostly non-collectors who visit the museum.

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  • Natural Family Planning Week

    "Natural Family Planning. Love. Mercy. Life. Opening the Heart of Marriage" is the theme of this year's Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, July 24-July 31. This national educational campaign of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops celebrates God's design for married love, the gift of life and seeks to raise awareness of Natural Family Planning (NFP) methods.

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