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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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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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