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St. Cecilia's and Catholic Charities: Partners supporting the community

Parishioners of St. Cecilia Parish in the Back Bay have volunteered with Catholic Charities of Boston (CCAB) for the past 11 years, providing support in the form of food donations and more. Parishioner ...



The humble pathScott Hahn

Echoing the complaint heard in last week's readings, today's First Reading again presents protests that God isn't fair. Why does He punish with death one who begins in virtue but falls into iniquity, ...

The Lay Members of Christ's FaithfulMaureen Crowley Heil

Last week's Gospel, about the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard made me think of one of our Church's beautiful documents, 'Christifideles laici' or 'The Lay Members of Christ's Faithful.' Written ...

COVID-19 vaccine mythsFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Several popular myths about COVID-19 vaccines have been gaining traction on social media in recent months, particularly in regard to messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines being developed by Moderna, Sanofi, Pfizer, ...

The straw that stirs the drinkDick Flavin

So, there I was, sitting in front of the TV during the ninth inning of another dispiriting Red Sox loss, listening to O'Brien, Eckersley, and Remy as they performed their nightly balancing act, that of ...

The final Mass of Boston's original cathedralThomas Lester

On Sunday, Sept. 16, 1860, the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Franklin Street in Boston was filled to capacity, while many more would-be worshipers lingered on the sidewalks outside. The reason so many ...

Catholic school heroes have been here all alongMichael Reardon

Growing up, Saturday mornings involved finishing my paper route as early as possible and parking myself in front of the television for a few hours of uninterrupted cartoons. These mornings were magical. ...

The providential demise of the Papal StatesGeorge Weigel

Evelyn Waugh's Catholic traditionalism was so deep, broad, and intense that self-identified "traditional Catholics" today might seem, in comparison, like the editorial staff of the National Catholic Reporter. ...

Acknowledging an abyss; finding a bridgeBishop Robert Barron

One of the most remarkable differences between the social protests of the 1960s and those of today is that the former were done in concert with, and often under the explicit leadership of, religious people. ...