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From Cardinal Seán's blog

Last Saturday (2/14) I had the great joy of being present as the Holy Father created 20 new cardinals from all over the world. Though several were from what would traditionally be a cardinalatial see, such as the Patriarch of Lisbon, many of the new cardinals are from areas where there has never been a cardinal before. ...I made sure to take pictures with the new cardinals who have significant immigrant populations here in Massachusetts. Probably one of the biggest -- and most pleasant -- surprises in the naming of the new cardinals was Cardinal Furtado of Cape Verde.

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Labels are for Jars Lenten program helps feed both body and soul

The Cor Unum Meal Center in Lawrence has been feeding the hungry for close to a decade and once again this Lent, it is also striving to feed souls. Through its Labels are for Jars Lenten program, Catholics are invited not only to donate their treasures, they are also given tools to challenge and deepen their faith.

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Lease of parking area will help fund ministries at cathedral

SOUTH END -- The Cathedral of the Holy Cross recently signed a 99-year lease that will convert its current parking lot into a source of income for the cathedral and its ministries. According to archdiocesan spokesperson Terrence C. Donilon, the development of the parking lot space will create a 160-rental-unit housing space with retail on the ground floor, through work with developer Peter Roth of New Atlantic Development, while maintaining parking at the cathedral.

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Seminarian Spotlight: Christopher Bae

Home Town and Country: Seoul, South Korea High School: Cypress High School, Cypress, Calif. Graduate: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering Seminary Attending: St. John's Seminary, Third Theology

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So why are we celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life?

I am frequently asked these questions. Why is this year so important? Isn't the consecrated life an artifact of the past? Aren't diminishing numbers and fewer vocations indications that God has something else in mind for religious communities? Aren't our youth and young adults looking for more substantive career options? So often the questions focus on numbers and benchmarks more appropriate for corporate boardrooms rather conversations about charism, mission and service to the people of God. The Year of Consecrated Life is an invitation to reflect on the words of Staring Afresh from Christ (2002)... the consecrated life has a story yet to be written.

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CatholicTV to begin airing local Spanish Mass

WATERTOWN -- CatholicTV will begin to air the Sunday Mass in Spanish beginning March 1, the second Sunday of Lent. The Spanish Mass from the Chapel of the Holy Cross in the CatholicTV studios will air on Sundays at 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

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