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Cardinal, Boston mayor voice support for immigrants at Mass


  • Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley celebrates Mass at Most Holy Redeemer Parish in East Boston Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. Before the Mass the cardinal, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and Police Commissioner William Evans addressed the congregation expressing support for the city’s immigrant community. Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy
  • Hispanic parishioners pray during a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley at Most Holy Redeemer Parish in East Boston Feb. 5, 2017. Before the Mass the cardinal, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and Police Commissioner William Evans addressed the congregation expressing support for the city’s immigrant community. (Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy)
  • Boston Police Commissioner William Evans speaks before the Mass celebrated by Cardinal O’Malley. “We are here for you, so please don’t be afraid of us,” the commissioner told the congregation of mainly Latin American immigrants. (Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy)
  • Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley greets parishioners following Mass. (Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy)

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EAST BOSTON -- Speaking in front of a packed congregation at one of the Archdiocese of Boston's largest Hispanic parishes Feb. 5, Boston's cardinal, mayor and police commissioner delivered a message of solidarity with the city's immigrant community.

Days earlier, on Feb. 2, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans were joined by Gov. Charlie Baker for a meeting with leaders of the Boston-area Muslim community at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross to offer a similar expression of support following the Jan. 27 executive order by President Trump temporarily blocking entry into the U.S. for refugees and those from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Prior to the start of Mass, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley addressed the assembly of almost 1,000 mainly Latin American immigrants.

"Here in the Archdiocese of Boston we are blessed with more than 100 parishes with communities who celebrate in other languages," he said in Spanish. "It truly reflects what is the Church, which is catholic: universal, where many races, languages and peoples all come together because we all form one body, one Church."

Speaking at a lectern temporarily placed in front of scaffolding covering the main altar, he praised the pastor, Father Thomas Domurat, for the work he has done renovating the church.

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