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  • New book documents Shriver's search for the 'Real Pope Francis'

    BOSTON -- "Intrigued." That is how Mark K. Shriver, president of the Save the Children Action Network, said he felt as he watched Jorge Mario Bergoglio become Pope Francis in March 2013. "His first couple of actions -- from asking for blessings from the people before he blessed them as the new pope, to paying for his hotel bill, to washing the feet of those young juvenile delinquents at the Casa del Marmo -- really caught my eye," he recalled.

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  • Cardinal joins Boston Greek Orthodox for patronal feast

    BROOKLINE -- Following long-standing ecumenical tradition, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston invited representatives of the Archdiocese of Boston, Nov. 29, to celebrate the Feast of St. Andrew at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral Center Chapel in Brookline.

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  • Forming the Future: Good Shepherd School, Charlestown

    CHARLESTOWN -- The first years of education "open the doors to learning," according to Jessica Maxwell, director of the Good Shepherd School, a Catholic preschool in Charlestown. "By giving our young students a place to thrive, we help set them up to become learners in the future," she said.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Sunday (11/20) was the Mass marking the close of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. There were huge crowds for the outdoor Mass on a picture-perfect day. The Mass began with the closing of the Holy Door. ...One of my thoughts on the Year of Mercy that I shared frequently is that it was our hope that this special year would be a preface to the Church's focus on this very central theme of the Gospels and our faith, which is mercy. This apostolic letter is putting forth ideas that can help us to continue this most successful spiritual event.

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  • Celebrating Advent

    Advent is upon us. While the world seems to be a frenzy of Christmas shopping, traveling, decorating and entertaining, the Church presents us with a unique traditional alternative: a season of reflection, preparation and penance as we anticipate the birth of Christ.

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  • Healy Award Dinner honors two for 'selfless' service

    RANDOLPH -- Dr. Martin Williams and Carolyn Caveny were honored at the 23rd annual Bishop James Augustine Healy Award Dinner, held Nov. 19 at Lombardo's in Randolph, for their work on behalf of the black Catholic community of the Archdiocese of Boston.

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  • Faith and reason celebrated at first Gold Mass for scientists

    CAMBRIDGE -- The newly formed Society of Catholic Scientists held their first ever event, a Gold Mass for scientists, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's chapel, Nov. 15. An international group that was incorporated into the Archdiocese of Philadelphia over the summer, the Society of Catholic Scientists, "exists as a place where Catholic scientists can share their knowledge, perspectives, and intellectual and spiritual gifts with each other for their mutual enrichment, and with fellow Catholics and the wider community," according to its website.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    I spent much of my time at the USCCB's annual Fall General Assembly in Baltimore. Our gathering officially began on Monday but those who serve on committees usually arrive early to attend meetings over the weekend.

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  • Forming the Future: Fontbonne welcomes Seton Academy seniors

    This September, when the senior class began their final year at Fontbonne Academy, an all-girls high school in Milton, there were many new faces in the crowd: the entire senior class from Elizabeth Seton Academy, an all-girls high school in Dorchester, had been added to their numbers.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    The United States has a new President-elect and a new Vice-President-elect; honoring one of the greatest traditions of our democracy, I encourage the people of our country to offer President-elect Trump and Vice-President-elect Pence our prayers and best wishes for a successful administration for the United States and for our role in the world.

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  • Merrimack students honor veterans through service day

    NORTH ANDOVER -- Around 1,300 students from Merrimack College in North Andover fanned out to nearly 50 locations across the Merrimack Valley region and Boston to provide community service during the school's annual "Mack Gives Back Day," Nov. 5.

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  • Williams and Caveny to be honored at Healy Award Dinner

    BRAINTREE -- Dr. Martin Williams and Carolyn Caveny will receive recognition for their work on behalf of the Black Catholic Community of the Archdiocese of Boston during this year's annual Bishop Healy Award Dinner, Nov. 19. This event is sponsored by Black Catholic Ministries within the Office of Outreach and Cultural Diversity.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Thursday (10/27), we had our annual Mass and dinner with the members of the Order of Malta at St. John's Seminary. We are blessed to have such an active Area of the Order of Malta in Boston. The order promotes the mission of the Church throughout the world, particularly around Catholic health care, humanitarian efforts and service to the poor.

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  • First 'Gold Mass' for scientists to be held at MIT Nov. 15

    CAMBRIDGE -- St. John Paul II wrote about faith and science, "Science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes." Contrary to the belief that faith and reason are at odds, the late pope believed that the two are necessary partners. Together they can enrich, nourish and challenge each other to be fully what they are called to be, he wrote to the director of the Vatican Observatory in 1988.

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