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  • Thousands drawn to relic of St. Padre Pio

    SOUTH END -- An evening Mass celebrated by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston Sept. 23 drew to a close the three day visit of a major relic of St. Padre Pio to the greater Boston area.

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  • Different reasons draw faithful to venerate St. Padre Pio

    BRAINTREE -- Virginia Fierro met St. Padre Pio back when she was 14 and still living in Italy, and on Sept. 21, she had the chance to venerate his heart. Sitting in a pew in St. Leonard's Church in Boston's North End, Fierro said she lived in Italy until moving to the United States in 1956, and it was there that she met the saint.

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  • Padre Pio is a 'saint of our times,' says foundation director

    They came by the thousands. To Lowell. To Boston. To Braintree. Young and old, infirm and able-bodied, they stood for hours in line for the opportunity to venerate the heart of St. Pio of Pietrelcina -- Padre Pio. Some held rosaries or prayer cards up to the relic; others quietly prayed in front of the heart of the saint.

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  • Catholics care. Catholics vote.

    Welcome to autumn! It's the season of colorful trees, hot apple cider, football, and this year, a presidential election. Since the last presidential election in 2012, there are 16 million new eligible voters, according to Pew Research. Going to the polls can be intimidating for both seasoned and new voters, so here are some frequently asked questions and answers as we all strive to live out our faith -- even through politics.

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  • Cathedral stained-glass window broken

    SOUTH END -- A stained-glass window in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston was smashed Sept. 21 after an unidentified person threw a large stone through it. The window, depicting a cross, had multi-colored panels and was an original to the 19th century cathedral.

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  • Sister Disciples celebrate anniversaries

    Three members of the Sister Disciples of the Divine Master celebrated their anniversaries of religious profession at a special Mass at St Cecilia Church in Boston's Back Bay on Sept. 18. The jubilarians were Sister Giovianna Fratelli, PDDM (70 years); Sister Lucile Van Hoogmoed, PDDM (40 years); and Sister Luce Cornelio, PDDM (50 years). Central Regional Vicar, Father James A. Flavin was the principal celebrant of the Mass; he was joined by other priest friends of the sisters.

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  • Different reasons draw faithful to venerate St. Padre Pio

    BRAINTREE -- Virginia Fierro met St. Padre Pio back when she was 14 and still living in Italy, and on Sept. 21, she had the chance to venerated his heart. Sitting in a pew in St. Leonard's Church in Boston's North End, Fierro said she lived in Italy until moving to the United States in 1956, and it was there that she met the saint.

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  • MFA's Della Robbia exhibit explores faith through sculpture

    BOSTON -- It all started with a sculpture in an attic. Tucked away in a corner of the attic at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) sat a sculpture of St. John the Baptist, gifted to the museum by the late Mrs. Solomon Guggenheim. In 2003, when the museum embarked on a major building renovation, the attic was cleared and the sculpture surfaced.

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  • Corcoran family to chair Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary Lawn Party

    John Corcoran is a sports fan, and whether it's Harvard, the New England Patriots, or the Boston Red Sox, you can be sure that he is cheering on his favorite teams every weekend. But John also is a fan of another group of men who live in the quiet, small town of Weston. In addition to being the founder and president of Trinity Partners, a global life sciences consulting company, John Corcoran is on the Board of the Catholic Leadership Institute, and for the past two years has been a member of the board for Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary.

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  • Catechists, teachers gather for Jubilee Year Pilgrimage

    SOUTH END -- Teachers of the faith from across the Archdiocese of Boston came together at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston Sept. 18 to attend a special Mass honoring the work that they do. Celebrated by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, the Jubilee Pilgrimage and Mass for Catechists and Catholic School Teachers was held as a way to allow teachers of faith to connect, as well as to thank them for their work in education.

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  • Bishop Allue celebrates two anniversaries

    Retired auxiliary Bishop Emilio Simeon Allue, SDB celebrated two anniversaries at St. Theresa of Avila Parish in West Roxbury where he presently resides. It was on Sept. 17, 1996, together with his also retired episcopal twin, Bishop Francis X. Irwin, that Bishop Allue was ordained an auxiliary of the archdiocese. On Dec. 22 he will celebrate the Golden Jubilee of his priestly ordination which was in Rome and at the Pontifical Salesian University Chapel.

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  • A'Kempis Circle -- women supporting women

    The a'Kempis Circle of Wellesley extends a hearty invitation to women of all ages and interests to share its joy of coming together to support one another. The a'Kempis Circle was founded over 100 years ago by three Boston school teachers who could not continue to teach if they married.

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  • Mass for Public Safety Personnel to be held Oct. 9

    SOUTH END -- Police officers, firefighters, EMTs, corrections officers, and other first responders from across the Archdiocese of Boston will be honored Oct. 9 during the annual Mass for Public Safety Personnel and Families at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    As I mentioned last week, I am currently in Rome for meetings and activities connected with the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors and the C-9 Council of Cardinals. As I left off last week, the Commission for the Protection of Minors was in the midst of our meetings, which went from Thursday afternoon through Sunday. We had a very productive session and the work of the commission goes on. In this gathering we addressed the Day of Prayer for survivors and victims of sexual abuse that the different bishops' conferences are working to implement, the Holy Father's Motu Proprio "As a Loving Mother," and the upcoming launch of our new web page. Meanwhile, we continue to give trainings for bishops' conferences and other Church leaders.

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  • CatholicTV to broadcast Mass for veneration of St. Padre Pio

    WATERTOWN -- On Friday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. EDT, the CatholicTV Network will broadcast live the Mass from Boston's Cathedral of the Holy Cross on the Feast of St. Padre Pio. The Mass, celebrated by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, is part of a relic tour of the heart of St. Padre Pio in the Archdiocese of Boston. This is the first time a major relic of St. Padre Pio has left Italy.

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  • CatholicTV Network breaks records with 25th anniversary telethon

    WATERTOWN -- Multiple records were broken during a two-day CatholicTV Network Telethon this month, including the record for most money raised overall. Hosted by Bishop Robert Reed, Jay Fadden, Kevin Nelson, and Kate Andrews Sept. 9 and 10, the network's 25th annual telethon raised more than $319,000 from viewers across the United States.

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  • Sept. 11 victims honored in South Boston

    SOUTH BOSTON -- On the evening of the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, dozens of people holding brightly lit candles gathered around the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial in South Boston to pray and remember those lost in the attacks.

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  • Cardinal O'Malley's statement on Sept. 11 anniversary

    Following is a statement by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley released Sept. 11 marking the 15th anniversary of the 2001 terror attacks. Anniversaries, be they of joyful, sad or tragic events, are times of reflection, moments of gratitude or sorrow accounting for lessons learned and hopes for the future. The 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is a day which warrants prayerful attention in the Catholic community and deserves thoughtful reflection in our nation as a whole.

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  • Father William Palardy named pastor in Milton

    He's returned to his home town, but not to his home parish. Father William B. Palardy was named pastor of St. Agatha Parish in Milton effective Sept. 1, 2016. He returned to familiar ground -- he was raised in the town of Milton, though his home parish was "on the other side of town," St. Mary of the Hills.

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  • Virtual tour of Vatican Museums comes to Gloucester theater

    GLOUCESTER -- Seeing the priceless artwork held in the Vatican Museums normally would require a trip to Vatican City, but thanks to a "rare" opportunity, Gloucester Cinema in Gloucester is offering moviegoers a chance to get an inside look at the museums next month.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    As I mentioned in my previous post, last Saturday (9/3), I celebrated the Funeral Mass for my aunt, Therese O'Malley, who was the wife of my late uncle, Dr. Ed O'Malley. Many of my relatives were able to come together for her Mass, which was celebrated at St. Bernadette's Church in Westlake, Ohio. She was a very caring and loving person and an active Catholic who was very devoted to our Blessed Mother and to the Eucharist. She was also a person who was devoted to serving other people, which she demonstrated through her work as a nurse. She was a very selfless and energetic person who touched our lives deeply. We are very grateful to her children and all those who took such good care of her during her long illness. While I was in Ohio, I had a chance to visit the Poor Clare sisters.

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  • Cardinal celebrates canonization with Dorchester parish

    DORCHESTER -- Hours after Mother Teresa was declared a saint during a canonization Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in Vatican City, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley remembered Mother Teresa's life and accomplishments during a Mass held at St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Dorchester, Sept. 4.

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  • Local priests recall encounters with Mother Teresa

    BRAINTREE -- "It was October of 1990, and she was staying at the soup kitchen at the Vatican," began Father Chris O'Connor, recalling the time he met Mother Teresa. At the time, Father O'Connor, now vice-rector of St. John's Seminary in Brighton was a seminarian at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He and two other seminarians had heard that Mother Teresa was "in town" at one of the soup kitchens she and her sisters founded, so they waited to visit her.

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  • Heart of St. Padre Pio coming to Boston this month

    BRAINTREE -- "I'm very excited to announce that the Capuchin Friars who run the Shrine of St. Padre Pio have offered to come to Boston with the heart of Padre Pio for his feast day this year," Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley said in the Sept. 2 post of his weekly blog, CardinalSeansBlog.org.

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  • CSF caps summer for students with Fenway tour

    FENWAY PARK -- "What a cool way to start the year," exclaimed George Kostolias, an eighth grader from St. Pius V School in Lynn. Kostolias, together with nine other students from St. Pius V School were among 75 Boston-area Catholic school students and chaperones who participated in the Catholic School Foundation (CSF) Youth Day at Fenway Park.

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  • Temporary A/C keeps ordination guests cool

    SOUTH END -- While it was certain to be a grand occasion, the late August ordination of Bishops Robert P. Reed and Mark O'Connell could also have been very uncomfortable -- if not for the temporary air conditioning installed at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross just for the occasion.

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  • Family recalls slain Stoneham sister as 'giving and caring'

    STONEHAM -- The Stoneham family of a religious sister found dead in her Mississippi home Aug. 25 recalled her sister as hard-working, generous and kind. Sister Paula Merrill of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Ky., and a Stoneham, Mass., native, and Sister Margaret Held, of the Sisters of St. Francis in Milwaukee, were both found dead in their shared home in Durant, Miss.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    As I mentioned in my last post, I spent much of last week in Kennebunkport, Maine, on my annual retreat with the bishops of the Boston Province, including then Bishops-elect Robert Reed and Mark O'Connell. We were also joined by the bishops of the Hartford Province, so we were a large group.

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