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  • Cardinal O'Malley to appear on 60 Minutes

    Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley has been interviewed for a story to air on 60 Minutes (WBZ TV Channel 4 in the Boston area) this Sunday, November 16th. The show airs weekly on CBS at 7:00pm EST. Please check your local service provider especially if CBS airs the 4:00pm NFL game in your area.

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  • Archdiocese hosts regional deacon assembly

    QUINCY -- The Archdiocese of Boston hosted deacons and their wives from throughout New England and New York state at the National Association of Deacon Directors -- Region I Assembly held at the Quincy Marriot Nov. 8.

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  • King shares pro-life message at Roxbury parish

    ROXBURY -- The niece of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. told an audience at St. Patrick's Church in Roxbury that she sees working on behalf of the unborn as a continuation of the civil rights movement. Alveda C. King spoke as a guest of the parish and the Franciscans of the Primitive Observance, Nov. 7 at an invitation-only meeting for clergy in the lower church. She also spoke at two public events on Saturday Nov. 8.

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  • Leone honored by Bethany Health Care

    Sister Jacquelyn McCarthy, CSJ, CEO/Administrator of Bethany Health Care Center, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph, and the Making a Difference co-chairs Bob Boyle and Henry Luthin presented Gerry Leone Jr., a partner with Nixon Peabody LLP and former Middlesex Massachusetts District Attorney, with Bethany Health Care Center's third annual "Making a Difference" Award, Nov. 5.

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  • Cardinal to present 2014 Cheverus Awards

    BRAINTREE -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley will present 116 Cheverus Award Medals to laypersons, deacons and religious during a 3 p.m. Vespers service on Nov. 23, the Feast of Christ the King, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston's South End.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    ... last week, we went to the house of the Sister Disciples of the Divine Master for vespers and dinner. We are very blessed to have the Sister Disciples working at the Pastoral Center in a number of capacities as well as at our Regina Cleri residence for retired priests and at their center on West Street in Boston. During the evening, they showed me the exhibit they have at the entrance to their house and we talked about the upcoming centennial celebration of the Pauline family.

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  • Former Boston mayor Menino laid to rest

    HYDE PARK -- The city and the nation said goodbye to the longest-serving mayor of Boston, Thomas M. Menino, Nov. 3, during his funeral Mass at Most Precious Blood Church in Hyde Park -- the parish where the former mayor had received baptism and attended grammar school decades ago.

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  • Cardinal remembers Menino at All Souls Mass

    SOUTH END -- While hundreds were standing in line at Boston's Faneuil Hall to pay respects to former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, hundreds of others were gathered at the Cathedral the Holy Cross in Boston's South End to pray for his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed.

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  • Menino remembered for building unity in Boston

    HYDE PARK -- Lining the streets of Boston and carrying signs of thanks outside Most Precious Blood Church in Hyde Park during the funeral for former Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino, Nov. 3, residents said goodbye to a man who served the city he loved for more than 20 years.

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  • Ballot measures approve sick time, let casinos proceed

    BRAINTREE --The two ballot measures supported by the Catholic bishops of Massachusetts had mixed outcomes in the Nov. 4 elections. Question 4, which was approved by voters, will take effect next July and require employers to grant workers one hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked. Employers with 11 or more employees would have to provide paid sick time, while for smaller employers the sick time will be unpaid.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Thursday (10/23), we had our first meeting with our new vicars forane along with the regional bishops and episcopal vicars, to discuss their responsibilities and the very important role that the vicars have in promoting priestly fraternity and pastoral planning in the various regions of the archdiocese. We have an excellent group of vicars forane, who are a crucial part of the archdiocesan structure.

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  • Catholic doctors, lawyers encouraged to build 'civilization of love'

    BOSTON -- The Archdiocese of Boston's Catholic Lawyers' Guild and the Guild of St. Luke for healthcare workers came together for the combined celebration of the Red Mass and the White Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Oct. 26. The Mass was followed by a luncheon and a keynote speech from U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Kenneth Hackett.

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  • Convocation links social justice, evangelization

    BRAINTREE -- The sixth annual Archdiocesan Justice Convocation themed "Social Justice -- a Pastoral Priority for the New Evangelization," Oct. 25, brought an overview on social justice including perspectives explored in the writings of Pope Francis together with a focus on how that can be applied in the parish.

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  • Faith leaders rally in support of casino ban, sick leave ballot questions

    CAMBRIDGE -- Local faith leaders met at Memorial Church in Harvard Yard, Oct. 22, to pray and speak in solidarity with the "Yes for Justice Campaign" in support of families and communities. A collaboration between Stand for Democracy and the Massachusetts Community Action Network (MCAN), the "Yes For Justice Interfaith Prayer Rally: Towards a New Dawn" brought together priests, imams, rabbis, preachers and laity of various communities in support of a "yes" vote in November on ballot initiatives Question 3 and Question 4. A "yes" vote on Question 3 supports repeal of current Massachusetts casino gambling laws, while a "yes" vote on Question 4 supports guaranteed paid sick leave for all workers in Massachusetts.

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  • Pope St. John XXIII Seminary celebrates Alumni Days

    A record number of alumni priests returned to Weston on Oct. 21-22 as Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary celebrated Alumni Days in a special way in honor of its 50th anniversary year. The two-day celebration featured keynote presentations by Kenneth Hackett, the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, and Father Charles Healey, SJ, on the 50-year history of the seminary.

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  • Cardinal appoints new vicars forane

    Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, OFM Cap. has announced the appointment of vicars forane for the 20 vicariates forane of the archdiocese. The effective date of the appointment of each vicar forane was Oct. 1, 2014; and the term of appointment is for three years.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Thursday evening (10/16), I went to Chestnut Hill to visit Mother Olga Yaqob and her sisters, the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth, a new religious community in the archdiocese that is thriving. We had a Mass and dinner with the sisters, as well as a number of their friends and supporters who were present. Father Robert McCreary was also with us at the Mass. He has been helping the sisters in his role as spiritual director and has been helping them draft their constitution. The Mass was held outdoors in a tent, but despite the rain it was a very beautiful occasion. The sisters sang a number of songs for us and it was an opportunity for people to hear Mother Olga speak about the progress that the community has made in the last few years.

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  • Cardinal issues statement on passing of former Boston Mayor Menino

    Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, issued the following statement Oct. 30 on the passing of Thomas M. Menino, 71, who was Boston's longest serving mayor, serving from 1993-2014: Mayor Menino placed family, faith and public service above all else. His passing is a great loss to the City of Boston, the Commonwealth, our country, and to his family, who were the center of his life.

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  • Bishop Boles laid to rest

    CAMBRIDGE -- Bishops, priests, friends and family gathered at St. Paul's Parish in Cambridge, Oct. 16, as the Archdiocese of Boston commended the spirit of retired Boston auxiliary Bishop John P. Boles to his final repose in Jesus Christ.

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  • Mass. bishops back earned sick time ballot measure

    BRAINTREE -- Bishops of the four Catholic Dioceses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts urged a "Yes" vote on Question 4 in a statement, Oct. 16, bearing the signatures of Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, Bishop of Worcester Robert J. McManus, Bishop of Springfield Mitchell T. Rozanski, and Bishop of Fall River Edgar M. da Cunha, SDV.

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  • 'Hunger Chopped': Local chefs compete to support Catholic Charities

    DORCHESTER -- Three professional chefs put their skills to the test during the Catholic Charities event "Hunger Chopped," Oct. 21, at the Yawkey Center in Dorchester. In an event to raise awareness for Friends Feeding Families, a Catholic Charities anti-hunger campaign, Nikki Christo, chef and owner of Blunch in Boston; David Verdo, executive chef at Chopps American Bar and Grill of the Marriott in Burlington; and Joshua Ingraham, executive chef of Boston Gourmet at the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood, faced off in a competition styled after the popular Food Network program "Chopped."

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  • Boston priest leads outreach to terminally ill woman

    CHESTNUT HILL -- Two weeks ago, an online community formed to send love and hope to a complete stranger who is dying of brain cancer. On a website, Brittany Maynard, 29, of California, shared her condition and her plans to end her life through physician assisted suicide on Nov. 1. In a video posted there, she said that she hopes to pass peacefully and feels relieved that she does not have to "die the way the brain tumor would take me."

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    The tragic case of Brittany Maynard, the young woman with terminal brain cancer who has said she plans to end her life on November 1, has touched everyone's hearts. We want to hold her up in our prayers and encourage people to pray for her and to send messages of support so that she realizes that she is not alone in her suffering and hopefully will come to see that ending her life is not the solution. One way of showing such support is through the Facebook page weluvbrittany started by a priest in our archdiocese, Father Tony Medeiros. The page allows people to send Brittany messages of love and hope. I invite you to visit the page and show your support for Brittany.

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