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Book celebrates two centuries of faith in Boston


Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley receives a copy of the book, “Two Centuries of Faith: The Influence of Catholicism on Boston: 1808-2008,” from Boston College president Father William P. Leahy at an April 21 reception. Pilot photo/ Sarah M. Barrett

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CHESTNUT HILL -- “We come here today to celebrate two centuries of the archdiocese, two centuries of the Catholic community in Boston,” said Boston College President Father William P. Leahy during an April 21 reception for the official release of the book, “Two Centuries of Faith: The Influence of Catholicism on Boston: 1808-2008,” at Boston College.

“Whether in terms of cultural distinctiveness, religious influence, or social controversy, the Archdiocese of Boston has been one of the great centers of Catholic life for 200 years,” he said.

Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley joined the university president and dozens of Boston’s Catholic scholars, politicians and religious for what was likely the final commemoration of the archdiocese’s bicentennial.

“Two Centuries of Faith” was conceived of as “a scholarly gesture of congratulations,” from Boston College to Cardinal O’Malley on the occasion of the archdiocese’s 200th anniversary, said Thomas H. O’Connor, the volume’s editor and BC’s University Historian.

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