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  • Families of those killed in marathon bombing mark day with prayer

    BOSTON -- The families of the three people killed in the Boston Marathon bombing explosions began a day filled with poignant remembrances and emotional testimonies with prayer and a simple wreath laying ceremony at the two sites where their loved ones lost their lives and scores were injured one year ago, on April 15, 2013.

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Families of those killed in marathon bombing mark day with prayer


BOSTON -- The families of the three people killed in the Boston Marathon bombing explosions began a day filled with poignant remembrances and emotional testimonies with prayer and a simple wreath laying ceremony at the two sites where their loved ones lost their lives and scores were injured one year ago, on April 15, 2013.

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Catholics to run Boston Marathon in memory of boy slain at last year's race


BOSTON -- "No more hurting people. Peace," read the poster held by Martin Richard, the youngest life lost on Marathon Monday last year. The image of the smiling eight year-old boy accompanied by his message against violence stood in stark contrast to the twin explosions that killed 3 and injured an estimated 264 others on April 15, 2013.

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Chrism Mass is priests' 'annual oil change and tune-up,' cardinal says


SOUTH END ? The priests of the Archdiocese of Boston joined Cardinal SeŠn P. O'Malley at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross for the annual Chrism Mass, April 15. The Chrism Mass serves as a symbol of unity in dioceses throughout the Catholic world as the local bishop, during Holy Week each year, blesses the sacred oils used to administer sacraments for the coming year ? the oil of catechumens, the oil of the infirm and the sacred chrism.

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Priests honor three of their peers at Chrism Mass Luncheon


SOUTH END -- Priests gathered at Cathedral High School, April 15, to honor three of their own in a celebration of fraternity after the Chrism Mass. Cardinal SeŠn P. O'Malley and Father Robert M. Blaney, director of the Clergy Personnel Office, honored Father Brian M. Clary, Father Peter P. Nolan, CSSp, and Father Brian J. McHugh for their service in the priesthood.

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Kraft honored by Inner-City Scholarship Fund


BOSTON -- Cardinal SeŠn P. O'Malley, Peter Lynch, chairman emeritus of the Catholic Schools Foundation Board of Trustees and Joseph (Jay) Hooley, ICSF Dinner Chairman, presented Robert Kraft with the Carolyn and Peter Lynch Award at the 24th Annual Inner-City Scholarship Fund (ICSF) Dinner Celebration on April 3 at the Copley Marriott. Kraft was honored with the award in recognition of his commitment and support of the Inner-City Scholarship Fund.

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Boston Unit of LCWR takes part in human trafficking awareness campaign


BRIGHTON -- The Boston Unit of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) Anti-Trafficking Coalition hosted a Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution (SOAP) outreach campaign led by its founder, Theresa Flores, April 12. This SOAP outreach was a hands-on, action orientated initiative aimed to broaden awareness of hotel managers and owners of the reality of human trafficking in the Boston area.

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RCIA -- Stepping into Christ's new life


The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the normal way in which adults (anyone over the age of seven) become full, active, participating members of the Roman Catholic Church. RCIA is not just a "convert class" with a new look and fancy name. Adults involved in RCIA may be dismissed each week after the homily to go and reflect on the scriptures they have heard. RCIA involves the whole community -- in prayer; in hospitality; and in ministries such as sponsor or godparent; or team member.

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Welcome, Boston's new Catholics


Welcome to all those new members of the archdiocesan family who received any or all of the Initiation Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and first Eucharist this Easter. Our list is provided by the Office for Divine Worship.

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Priests on front line in Italy's battle against Mafias


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis' dramatic appearance at a March prayer vigil with the families of Mafia victims, where he said he would plead on bended knee with Mafia bosses to "stop doing evil," has highlighted the Catholic Church's role in combatting Italian organized crime.

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