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    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Christmas season is a time to reflect on what life is all about, Pope Francis told an international group of performers. "The time before Christmas calls us to ask ourselves, 'What is it that I am waiting for in my life? What ...

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    There has been a long-standing tradition in Boston of the archdiocese and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis exchanging delegations on our patronal feasts, mirroring the practice of the Ecumenical Patriarch and the Holy Father. Each year, the Holy Father ...

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  • Cardinal's letter on Year of the Eucharist

    Friends, A recent Pew Study entitled "What Americans Know About Religion" reported that only 31 percent of Catholics believe that the bread and the wine consecrated during the Mass actually become the body and blood of Jesus, and that only half of Catholics ...

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  • Archdiocesan high school football season wrap-up

    Austin Prep, Reading vs. St. Mary's, Lynn Beginning a new rivalry, and playing at Manning Field in Lynn on Thanksgiving eve, the visiting Cougars from Austin Prep had a nice time, beating St. Mary's 32-14. Led by Billy Tucker, Austin Prep ends at 5-6. ...

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Obituary: Father Richard W. Rieman, Opus Dei pioneer in Boston


For more than 40 of his more than 60 years of priestly ministry in the Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei as it is now known, Father Richard "Dick" Rieman was a fixture in the archdiocese. Born in Chicago in 1925, a son of the late John and Catherine (Collins) Rieman. He entered the United States Navy after high school and was a flyer during the Second World War. On returning to the Windy City, he worked as an on-stage productions crew and at the Greta Chicago Railroad Fair (1948-1949).

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Catholics offer lots of advocacy, get few results on Capitol Hill


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Congress was busy in 2019, but the House and Senate were often at cross purposes with each other. The Republican-led Senate spent much of its time voting on seating federal judicial nominees. By early December, 170 of them had been approved since Donald Trump became president in January 2017.

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Netflix satire about gay Jesus infuriates thousands of Brazilians


SAO PAULO (CNS) -- The latest episode of Brazil's comedy group Porta dos Fundos on Netflix has angered thousands of Brazilians from different religions. The group's Christmas special, "A Primeira Tentacao de Cristo" ("The First Temptation of Christ") is a satire about a gay Jesus bringing his boyfriend home to meet Mary and Joseph.

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