Home » Current edition: Friday, March 20, 2015
  • St. Patrick celebrated at cathedral

    SOUTH END -- St. Patrick provided a model of forgiveness when he returned to Ireland after escaping slavery there, auxiliary Bishop of Boston Robert F. Hennessey said March 17, at the St. Patrick's Day Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

    Read more
This week's edition » Local News

Emmanuel College students give up spring break to serve


Over 70 students and staff of Emmanuel College in Boston spent their spring break the week of March 8 ministering to those less fortunate throughout the United States. Some went to New Orleans to build houses for residents still homeless a full decade after Hurricane Katrina ripped through their city; some went to Phoenix to minister to the homeless; still others remained in Boston to work with the Greater Boston Food Bank and provide nutrition counseling to impoverished Bostonians.

Read more

From Cardinal Seán's blog


This past weekend was Catholic Appeal weekend in the Archdiocese of Boston and so, to mark it, I celebrated Masses for the Third Sunday of Lent in two different parishes. On Saturday (3/7) I went to St. Anthony of Padua in Shirley, and on Sunday (3/8) went to St. Patrick's in Stoneham. Both of the parishes have been very supportive of the Catholic Appeal and my presence there was to encourage them in their efforts thank them for their support.

Read more

St. Patrick celebrated at cathedral


SOUTH END -- St. Patrick provided a model of forgiveness when he returned to Ireland after escaping slavery there, auxiliary Bishop of Boston Robert F. Hennessey said March 17, at the St. Patrick's Day Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

Read more

Catholic school advocates lobby at Statehouse


BOSTON -- Nearly 400 Catholic school supporters from all four Massachusetts dioceses traveled to the Statehouse to lobby for greater access to state support. The Advocacy Day, organized by Parents Alliance for Catholic Education (PACE) and held on March 11, afforded Catholic school students a civics lesson as well as the opportunity to advocate for themselves.

Read more

St. Columbkille throws 'out the net,' baptizes 20 students


BRIGHTON -- Twenty one families of the St. Columbkille Partnership School community came together to share the gift of the Church with their children. But, in many ways, the children had already shared the blessings of the Church with their parents through their response to God.

Read more

The Sisters of Providence: Love, mercy and justice


"Put yourself gently into the hands of Providence." The Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, are a congregation of nearly 320 Roman Catholic women religious who minister in 17 states, the District of Columbia and Asia.

Read more
This week's edition » Opinion
This week's edition » National News
 
This week's edition » International News

At Lenten penance service, pope announces Holy Year of Mercy


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis announced an extraordinary jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy, to highlight the Catholic Church's "mission to be a witness of mercy." "No one can be excluded from God's mercy," the pope said March 13, marking the second anniversary of his pontificate by leading a Lenten penance service in St. Peter's Basilica.

Read more

Preaching to the pope: Capuchin says it's an exercise in humility


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The first time Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa climbed the steps up to the papal altar in St. Peter's Basilica, he said, "it felt like I was climbing Mount Everest." The intimidating climb 35 years ago was to fulfill a mandate from St. John Paul II, who tapped the Capuchin to preach to the pope and the public on Good Friday 1980.

Read more

Welcome children, learn from them, pope says at audience


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Children are a blessing for humanity and for the church, bringing new life and energy to families and society, Pope Francis said. Unfortunately, he said, too often children are society's "great rejected ones, because they aren't even allowed to be born!"

Read more