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  • Jubilee pilgrimage reaches 'out to the sick and to the suffering'

    SOUTH END -- As part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley presided at a Pilgrimage and Mass for the Sick and their Caregivers at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, April 24. The Mass was organized by the Cardinal's Office, the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, the Order of Malta, St. John's Seminary and the Archdiocesan Office of Chaplaincy Programs.

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New ordinations give reason for hope, but need for priests still great


WASHINGTON -- It's ordination season and Catholics have reason to be pleased with the numbers of priests who will serve the church well into the future. In recent years, the numbers of priestly ordinations have given Catholic Church observers reason to believe there is not a global vocations crisis, but they acknowledge there is still a need for more.

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Jubilee pilgrimage reaches 'out to the sick and to the suffering'


SOUTH END -- As part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley presided at a Pilgrimage and Mass for the Sick and their Caregivers at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, April 24. The Mass was organized by the Cardinal's Office, the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, the Order of Malta, St. John's Seminary and the Archdiocesan Office of Chaplaincy Programs.

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From Cardinal Seán's blog


...I joined the annual gala to benefit the Jeanne Jugan Residence of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Somerville. We began with Mass, which was concelebrated by a number of priests whose mothers are residents at Jeanne Jugan. The Sisters are such an important presence in the archdiocese. Especially in this Year of Mercy we focus on their lives of mercy, as they serve the elderly and the sick. We also are anxious to see what the final outcome of their legal challenge of the HHS mandate will be. I know I was among the many people who were very pleased to see that the Supreme Court did not rule against them, but instead asked the government and the representatives of the Sisters to look for an alternative to the health care mandate that would be morally and ethically acceptable to the Sisters. I know our entire Catholic community is looking forward to seeing what kind of possibilities can be reached.

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Prayer service recalls Armenian Genocide


SOUTH END -- The haunting drone of Armenia's national instrument, the duduk, echoed through the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, marking the beginning of the Archdiocese of Boston's first ever commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, April 23.

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Forming the Future: Cardinal Spellman High Library Learning Commons


BROCKTON -- Students at Cardinal Spellman High School in Brockton collectively received a fabulous Christmas present this year. After returning from their Christmas break, students entered a school that boasted an entirely new wing. The Library Learning Commons, housed in the former convent of the Sisters of St. Joseph adjacent to the school, is part library, part digital classroom and entirely designed to help students achieve their maximum potential.

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Bowman named dean of CUA business school


BRAINTREE -- Entrepreneur, businessman, and Arlington resident Bill Bowman has been named the dean of the School of Business and Economics at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. "Bill Bowman has achieved great success while living out his faith in the business world. We look forward to working with him as he brings his talents, experience, and values into his new role as dean of the School of Business and Economics," the university's president John Garvey said in announcing the hire, April 5.

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Cardinal blesses Habitat for Humanity house dedicated to Pope Francis


ROXBURY -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley joined Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston in Roxbury April 23 to dedicate and bless a new house that will provide a home to two low-income families. The house was dedicated to Pope Francis and his commitment to social justice at the request of an anonymous donor who made donations of $60,000 each to 50 different Habitat affiliates across the country.

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Ordination class of 2016: Deacon Huan Dominic Ngo


This is the fifth in a series of articles profiling each of the nine men who will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on May 21. Earlier articles in the series are available at TheBostonPilot.com.

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Advocacy brings couple to Autism Study Committee


NEWTON -- Zina Gomez-Liss, with an 8 month old baby strapped to her back, worked to prepare dinner as her husband, Jeff Liss, tended to their 3-year-old child upstairs. Their three other children, ages ranging from 7 to 13, played in the living room.

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Suspects arrested in alleged plot against Vatican, Israeli embassy


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Italian authorities arrested six suspects who allegedly received orders from the Islamic State terrorist group to attack the Vatican and the Israeli embassy in Rome. The arrests made in Lombardy and Piedmont April 28 were the result of a joint operation coordinated by the district attorney of Milan and the Italian anti-terrorism agency.

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Pope says pastors must 'serve, not use' laypeople


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Clericalism is a danger to the Catholic Church not only because on a practical level it undermines the role of laity in society, but because theologically it "tends to diminish and undervalue the baptismal grace" of all believers, whether they are lay or clergy, Pope Francis said.

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