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  • Events mark Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

    BRAINTREE --The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has existed for a century and is present worldwide, but it will be dramatically different this year in Greater Boston. From Jan. 18 to Jan. 25, UniteBoston will be coordinating a series of ecumenical events around the Greater Boston Area, all of which Catholics are invited to attend.

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  • Historic sacramental records going online

    BOSTON -- Those searching for church records of their ancestors may soon find that task much easier, as the Archdiocese of Boston and the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) have partnered to make a vast amount of historic sacramental records available online.

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  • Xaverian achieves $20M capital campaign goal

    WESTWOOD -- "Called to Lead: The Campaign for Xaverian," the largest fundraising effort in the history of Xaverian Brothers High School, has been hugely successful, already reaching its initial $20 million goal.

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  • Boston area religious hold prayer vigil for Human Trafficking Awareness Day

    BRIGHTON -- In 2007 the U.S. Senate designated Jan. 11 as a National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness in an effort to raise consciousness about this global, national and local issue. For the ninth consecutive year, local Catholic sisters representing congregations in the greater Boston area gathered with over 100 sisters, associates, and friends on Jan. 8, the Sunday closest to Jan. 11, to mark this national day and pray for an end to human trafficking, also known as modern-day slavery.

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  • Electoral College electors to speak at Spellman Museum

    Are you still confused about how the Electoral College works? Do you think we should keep it or ditch it? Want to meet actual electors? Two residents of Weston, Nazda Alam and Joseph Mullin, who have been electors to the Electoral College, will speak at the Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History on the Regis College campus in Weston on Jan. 19 at 7:30 pm. The program is free and open to the public.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    At this time I wish to extend our prayers and support to all who were impacted by the shooting at Ft. Lauderdale airport this afternoon; those who lost their lives, those wounded and injured, and their families and loved ones. We also pray for those who witnessed this traumatic event. As always, we are grateful for the bravery of the civil authorities who are the first responders and work every day to protect and defend us.

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  • Cardinal ushers in the New Year with Mass, prayer vigil

    BACK BAY -- It was through prayer, not partying, that Tristan and Yesenia Macdonald chose to usher in 2017. The young couple, alongside hundreds of others, saw the close of 2016 at St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine in Boston's Back Bay, the site of the Archdiocese of Boston's annual New Year's Eve Prayer Vigil.

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  • Ecumenical event to mark Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

    BRAINTREE -- Greater Boston faith leaders will come together for a special gathering later this month to mark the international Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This collaborative event will be held on Jan. 21 at Holy Name Church in West Roxbury and will bring together hundreds of Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical and Protestant Christians. Marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the program celebrates the progress towards Christian unity and fosters dialogue around Christian approaches to the issues of our day including race, diversity, interchurch families and the global persecution of Christians.

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  • Cardinal O'Malley, Coptic bishop discuss unity

    BOSTON -- Meeting privately for the first time in an official capacity, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley and the bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of New York and New England, Bishop David, discussed the building of a relationship between the two Churches, Jan. 3.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    ...On Friday (12/23), I went to have lunch with the residents of Regina Cleri, our retirement home for priests in Boston. In addition to visiting with the men there, I also wanted to check in to see how Bishop Frank Irwin was doing after his recent operation. As always, the sisters did a wonderful job decorating Regina Cleri for the Christmas season. It was wonderful to be able to visit with our senior priests at Regina Cleri.

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  • Cardinal O'Malley's 2016 Christmas message

    Christmas is such a special time for families and loved ones to come together to share their gift of love and faith in the Christ child. At this time of year, we are called upon to be more mindful of those in our midst who are poor, those who are lonely and forgotten.

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  • Cardinal dedicates new altar, renovations at St. Mary, Danvers

    DANVERS -- The season of Advent is always a time of expectation and preparation. For the parishioners of St. Mary of the Annunciation Parish in Danvers, this year's preparation included something special -- the dedication of their new altar and the inauguration of their new tabernacle by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley during a Dec. 18 Mass.

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  • Year of Mercy prompted gift of Newton church, says pastor

    AUBURNDALE -- At a morning Mass at Corpus Christi Church, Dec. 11, parishioners of Corpus Christi-St. Bernard Parish in Newton and members of the Catholic Korean Community witnessed the signing of a document that transferred the property of Corpus Christi Church to the recently created St. Antoine Daveluy Parish.

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  • Bishop Kennedy celebrates 50 years of priestly service

    At St. Peter's Basilica on Dec. 17, 1966 Arthur Leo Kennedy was ordained a priest for service in the Archdiocese of Boston by the rector of the Pontifical North American College, Bishop Francis A. Reh. Bishop Kennedy celebrated the 50th anniversary of that happy day with the staff of the Pastoral Center in Bethany Chapel on Dec. 19; Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley was the principal celebrant of the Mass and a light reception followed in the center's dining room.

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  • Ursuline Academy builds student tech skills with 'Hour of Code'

    DEDHAM -- How can an hour last all week long? Easy -- that's what happens when you take 430 students, 66 faculty and administrators, a desire to learn, and get everybody involved in a common effort. During the week of Dec. 5, Ursuline Academy in Dedham celebrated the Hour of Code, a global effort to entice students to try their hand at writing code and exploring science concepts, with a week-long array of activities and demonstrations.

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  • Malden Catholic brings Christmas to less fortunate

    MALDEN -- Malden Catholic High School held their annual Toy Drive this year, donating over 300 gifts to needy and homeless children served through The Children's Closet in Peabody and 600 more toys to the city of Malden's Office for Children and Families. Students, faculty and staff participated in this annual drive by both raising money to purchase and shop for gifts and by making personal contributions.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Just in these past days, we saw the tragic bombing of the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo, which is such an important spiritual home for so many Christians in Egypt. This is just another example of the continuing persecution of Christians in that region. Meanwhile, in Aleppo, we saw the terrible humanitarian tragedy, as civilians continue to be caught in the midst of the ongoing conflict there.

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