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  • Priests gather for annual Vianney cookout

    BRAINTREE -- For Father John Sassani, loving and serving Jesus Christ through the priesthood never struck him as work he could do alone -- only in collaboration with Christ and others through prayer.

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  • Bishop Rozanski installed as ninth bishop of Springfield

    On a warm Aug. 12 afternoon, the Cathedral of St. Michael, the seat of the western Massachusetts Diocese of Springfield, was filled to capacity. Representatives of local government, interreligious and ecumenical delegates; people from the Pioneer Valley's parishes; men and women religious, deacons and priests from the local Church and from the Archdiocese of Baltimore; joined with bishops from around New England, Maryland and beyond, and with the bishop's parents and other family and friends from Maryland for the Installation Mass of Bishop Mitchell Thomas Rozanski.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    ...I traveled to Cuba to be part of the celebration in honor of Cardinal Jaime Ortega, who is celebrating 50 years of priestly ordination. He has been the Archbishop of Havana for over 30 years. The local church there planned the celebration and, in solidarity with the Church in Cuba, a number of us from the United States went to be present including Bishop Octavio Cisneros, Archbishop Roberto Gonzales and Cardinal McCarrick. Mario Paredes from the American Bible Society, which recently sponsored a biblical exhibition in the Cathedral of Havana, was also with us.

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  • Cardinal calls for end to vigil at former Scituate parish

    BRAINTREE -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley is calling on former parishioners of a closed Scituate church to end their nearly decade-long vigil now that the Vatican has rejected their final appeal. In a letter dated July 29, Cardinal O'Malley asked those in vigil at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church in Scituate to abide by a decision of the Vatican's highest court, which ruled in June that the Archdiocese of Boston does not have to reopen their church, which was closed in 2004.

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  • Cardinal O'Malley calls new Mass. buffer zone law 'unjust'

    BRAINTREE -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley is calling a new law to create buffer zones around abortion clinics in Massachusetts "an unjust limitation on free speech." When it ruled on McCullen et Al. v. Coakley in June, the Supreme Court found that a 35-foot zone around abortion clinics put an undue restriction on the free speech of those advocating for human life. The court ruled the law unconstitutional by a vote of 9-0, but Massachusetts lawmakers scrambled to create a replacement within a month. Gov. Deval Patrick signed the bill into law July 30.

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  • Flynn honored at State House

    BEACON HILL -- The Massachusetts House of Representatives honored former Boston mayor and Ambassador to the Vatican Raymond L. Flynn with a resolution July 31, thanking him for over 40 years of public service as a Boston city councilor, state representative, mayor of Boston and U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    In spite of a unanimous decision of the United States Supreme Court declaring unconstitutional the Massachusetts law enforcing a 35 foot "buffer zone" around abortion clinics, the Massachusetts legislature acted with unseemly haste to establish what amounts to a new buffer zone of 25 feet. After both branches of the legislature sent the bill to the governor who signed it into law, the effect again is to make it very difficult for citizens seeking to offer alternatives to women contemplating an abortion. The civil law must balance the rights and duties of all individuals and we must be vigilant to ensure the safety of all people, regardless of their position on this most serious issue.

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  • Cardinal O'Malley calls new Mass. buffer zone law "unjust"

    BRAINTREE -- Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley is calling a new law to create buffer zones around abortion clinics in Massachusetts "an unjust limitation on free speech." When it ruled on McCullen et Al. v. Coakley in June, the Supreme Court found that a 35-foot zone around abortion clinics put an undue restriction on the free speech of those advocating for human life. The court ruled the law unconstitutional by a vote of 9-0, but Massachusetts lawmakers scrambled to create a replacement within a month. Gov. Deval Patrick signed the bill into law July 30.

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  • Mears named new superintendent of Catholic Schools

    BRAINTREE -- The Archdiocese of Boston announced July 25 that Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley has appointed Kathleen Power Mears as Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Boston. Mears will take the helm of the second-largest educational system in the Commonwealth, educating over 40,000 students in 119 schools last year, effective Sept. 15.

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  • 75th Boston CYO Golf Tournament was a 'great success'

    CANTON ? Andrew Boyle walked off with a hard-fought, 1-up victory over Michael Breviglia of Canton in the Senior Division of the 75th annual Boston CYO Golf Tournament. Boyle rallied from the eighth seed in the medal round to upset Breviglia for top honors in the oldest junior golf tournament in New England, held at Ponkapoag Golf Course in Canton July 21-24.

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  • Cardinal O'Malley urges prayers for Iraqi Christians

    BRAINTREE -- In a July 25 posting on his blog, CardinalSeansBlog.org, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley reacted to recent incidents of persecution against Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere. He spoke particularly about a meeting that week between Pope Francis and Meriam Ibrahim, a Christian woman previously faced with a death sentence in Sudan for refusal to renounce Christianity. She had been imprisoned again upon attempting to leave the country after officials yielded to international pressure for her release, in July.

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  • Cardinal O'Malley appoints Mears as superintendent of Catholic Schools

    BRAINTREE -- The Archdiocese of Boston announced July 25 that Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley has appointed Kathleen Power Mears as Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Boston. Mears will take the helm of the second-largest educational system in the Commonwealth, educating over 40,000 students in 119 schools last year, effective Sept. 15.

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  • Mall chapels bring faith to the marketplace -- literally

    BRAINTREE -- Speaking in 2013, Cardinal O'Malley said, "Thomas a Kempis said if there was only one Mass celebrated once a year, in one place, by one priest, everyone in Christendom would spend their whole life trying to get there, to be able to attend Mass at least once during their life, but we have Mass everywhere -- even in the malls."

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  • Vatican phone call bolsters faith of grieving Wakefield mother

    WAKEFIELD -- For Wakefield resident Stephanie Nicolo Mother's Day this year was similar to others she and her family have celebrated in the past. She, her son Eric Daigle and a family friend enjoyed the special day by having dinner at a nice restaurant in Boston. She had no idea at the time that this Mother's Day would be their last together.

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