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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Cardinal to celebrate year of mercy pilgrimage and Mass for sick and caregivers

    BOSTON -- A Jubilee Year of Mercy Mass for the Sick and their Caregivers will take place on Sunday, April 24, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. Cardinal Seán O'Malley will preside. 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, the Mass is part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Those attending the Mass can walk through the Holy Door at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. A Holy Door is an entrance to a cathedral or church that symbolizes a path to salvation. The Holy Door at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross is the only one in the Archdiocese of Boston. Traditionally, pilgrims have traveled to Rome to mark Jubilee years, but, to encourage every Catholic to make a pilgrimage, Pope Francis invited dioceses from around the world to open Holy Doors, allowing the faithful to make pilgrimages closer to home.

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  • Pa. priest among thousands who ran this year's Boston Marathon

    BOSTON -- Everyone has their own reason for running the Boston Marathon. For Father Christopher M. Zelonis of the Diocese of Allentown, it's about seeking the will of God. "People are sometimes astounded that a priest would have the interest and drive to run marathons, but I say why not? We are human, and humanity involves discovering and pursuing previously unconsidered aspirations as God reveals them in our lives," he told The Pilot, April 18, just hours after competing in his first Boston Marathon April 18.

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  • Cloughs to be honored at April 28 Jesuit Gala

    In recognition of their selfless efforts for the Church and the local Concord community, the Northeast Jesuit Province will honor Deacon Charles and Gloria Clough with the Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam Award on April 28 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. The award takes its name from the motto of the Jesuit order, meaning "For the Greater Glory of God," which is attributed to St. Ignatius, the founder of the Society of Jesus.

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  • Cardinal celebrates campus ministry confirmations at cathedral

    SOUTH END -- Harvard University student Russell Pekala said he wanted more than what the clubs at Harvard had to offer. He said he felt the other organizations were "focused around individualistic goals." He sought something that focused on wide-ranging goals and morality, and found what he was looking for in the Catholic Church.

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  • Ordination class of 2016: Deacon Thomas Sullivan

    This is the fourth 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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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Much of this past week I spent in Rome at meetings of the Council of Cardinals advising the Holy Father. But before I left, on Friday evening, we had our annual St. John Seminary Alumni Dinner, which we began with the celebration of Vespers.

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  • Archdiocese marks Child Abuse Prevention Month

    BRAINTREE -- Vicar general Bishop Peter J. Uglietto celebrated a Mass at the Archdiocese of Boston's Pastoral Center in Braintree April 13 to mark National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which is observed each April.

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  • Merrimack presents honors for inter-faith work

    NORTH ANDOVER -- Merrimack College's Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations honored four people for their involvement in interfaith work at its annual Feast of Faiths and Awards Dinner, April 5.

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  • St. John's Seminary alumni reconnect at annual dinner

    BRIGHTON -- Priests from around New England gathered at St. John's Seminary, April 8, for the annual Priest Alumni Dinner and to reconnect with former classmates. The event began with a Holy Hour celebrated by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, after which the alumni were then given time to look at old class photographs and reconnect before the celebration dinner began in the seminary refectory.

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  • Choral music celebrated at cathedral festival

    BOSTON -- Nearly 100 young voices from Catholic parishes all over New England filled the resonant nave of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross with the music of the faith at the 4:30 p.m. Mass on April 9, as the Archdiocese of Boston hosted the New England Pueri Cantores choir festival.

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  • Family brings experience of autism to archdiocese's study committee

    BRAINTREE -- Fernanda Rocha glanced at her two young children, Lucas and Raphael, as they watched videos on mobile devices. She sat between them at a table in the Archdiocese of Boston' Pastoral Center March 28, as her husband Vladimir tried to get their son, Raphael, to turn the volume of his video down.

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  • Ordination class of 2016: Deacon Stephen LeBlanc

    This is the third 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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  • Archbishop Williams mourns tragic death of student

    WEYMOUTH -- The community of Archbishop Williams High School in Braintree came together April 11 to mourn the tragic loss of one of their students. A school wide prayer service was held to remember 15-year-old sophomore Kate McCarthy, who was killed in a car accident that left three of her classmates injured.

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  • Cardinal O'Malley releases statement on pope's letter on the family

    Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley released the following statement April 8 on Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation 'Amoris Laetitia, On Love in the Family' We are grateful to our Holy Father, Pope Francis for the gift of his Apostolic exhortation "Amoris Laetitia, On Love in the Family." He has given us a lengthy and significant teaching on the Joy of Love. This is a document that demands a careful reading and reflection from Catholics everywhere, and it is sure to bear great fruit. Pope Francis shows himself to be the gentle, merciful pastor who urges us all to take the time to meditate on the importance of families, for as he says, "The welfare of the family is decisive for the future of the world and that of the Church." (AL 31)

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  • Embrace media, participants are told at Co-Workers Conference

    WATERTOWN -- Prominent members of the Catholic media organizations offered talks on their work and advice on how to use media to evangelize during the 2016 Co-Workers in the Vineyard Conference, April 1, entitled "The Pope Francis Effect and Media: Pastoral Applications for Evangelization and Discipleship."

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  • 'Saints' and 'Wizards' support Mission Grammar School

    BOSTON -- It's not every day that you see a team celebrate defeat, but when the Harlem Wizards beat a team of local Catholic school staff members and alumni 93 to 79 during a March 31 basketball game at Emmanuel College in Boston, both teams, and a large number of children from the audience, took to the basketball court to dance as the game ended.

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  • Saints relics to visit Jamaica Plain

    BRAINTREE -- First Class Relics of St. Sharbel, a Maronite hermit, will visit Our Lady of the Cedars of Lebanon Church in Jamaica Plain on Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17, 2016. The weekend will consist of pilgrimage, prayer and meditation. Activities on both days will run from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and include adoration, readings on the miracles of St. Sharbel and the screening of a movie focusing on his life.

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  • Ordination class of 2016: Deacon Christopher Bae

    This is the second 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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