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Cardinal Medeiros remembered


Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley incenses a photo of Cardinal Humberto S. Medeiros and a miter set before the altar of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Cambridge Sept. 21. The cardinal was celebrating a special memorial Mass to mark the 25th anniversary of the death of Cardinal Medeiros on Sept. 17, 1983.a Pilot photo/Neil W. McCabe

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CAMBRIDGE -- Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley celebrated a memorial Mass Sept. 21 marking the 25th anniversary of the death of Cardinal Humberto S. Medeiros, the fourth Archbishop of Boston, at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Cambridge.

“It is a joy and a privilege to be able to be here with you to remember Cardinal Medeiros,” said the cardinal, who was joined by concelebrants Bishops John P. Boles and Emilio Allué, the pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish Father Walter Carreiro and many other priests.

The cardinal made a special point of greeting the Little Brothers of St. Francis, for whom the late cardinal was the founding bishop, members of the Medeiros family and priests who had known and worked with Cardinal Medeiros.

As a young priest, Cardinal O’Malley said he met Cardinal Medeiros when the late cardinal encouraged him to establish a ministry for the Portuguese-speaking immigrants coming to Washington from Africa in the 1970s. But, it was not until he came to Fall Fiver to be the bishop that he truly understood the extent to which Cardinal Medeiros was revered.

“He made a profound impression on the diocese. The people were so proud of him and they felt so close to him,” Cardinal O’Malley said.

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