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Ballroom dance 'swings' through Youville

A circle of older adults forms around a young man dressed in black. It is a Tuesday afternoon at Youville House Assisted Living. The residents wait with expectant smiles as the young man cues up big band ...



Remaining committed to helping refugeesDebbie Rambo

At Catholic Charities, our mission to help those in need is carried out through a wide variety of programs that provide assistance to people of all ages, of all faiths, of all walks of life. One such ...

A work in progressFather Paul Ritt

On March 11, 2013, my priesthood and life took a surprising turn. That was the day the Vicar General and Director of Clergy Personnel of the archdiocese delivered the news that Cardinal Seán had chosen ...

Snow storms bring out the best in peopleRay Flynn

Waiting for the bus outside The New England Medical Center the other morning, a lady I recognized from the Chinatown community stopped and said, "Hello Mayor Flynn how are you? I saw you the other night ...

The Healy daughters and sistersJames M. O'Toole

Marking Black History Month, we present the final installment of a three-part series exploring the life and legacy of America's first African-American bishop, Bishop James Augustine Healy, and his family. Most ...

'Open your heart to Jesus, the Great Priest'Bishop Robert P. Reed

Following is the homily delivered by Bishop Robert P. Reed at the concluding Mass of a retreat for prospective seminarians of the Archdiocese of Boston, Feb. 12. "What eye has not seen, and ear has not ...

Love and mercy in politicsRichard Doerflinger

Catholics advancing social justice sometimes wonder: Will my efforts have a lasting impact? Am I building God's kingdom or will all of this be wiped away? The Second Vatican Council gave a profound ...

Paul, Apollos, and Cephas, all over againGeorge Weigel

In April 2016, Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, England, issued a pastoral letter on the interpretation of Amoris Laetitia (the Pope's apostolic exhortation on marriage) and re-affirmed the Church's ...

Welcoming the StrangerFather Ron Rolheiser

In the Hebrew Scriptures, that part of the bible we call the Old Testament, we find a strong religious challenge to always welcome the stranger, the foreigner. This was emphasized for two reasons: First, ...