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    BRAINTREE -- In a statement issued Aug. 16, Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley acknowledged the pain experienced by victims of clergy abuse and calling on Catholics to respond with action and not lose hope. The statement came two days after a Pennsylvania grand ...

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  • Cardinal issues statement for all priests to read at Mass

    BRAINTREE -- In a statement issued Aug. 16, Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley acknowledged the pain experienced by victims of clergy abuse and calling on Catholics to respond with action and not lose hope. The statement came two days after a Pennsylvania grand ...

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  • Vatican spokeman to victims: 'The pope is on your side'

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In the wake of a grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse in six dioceses in Pennsylvania, a Vatican spokesman called the abuses described in the report as being "criminal and morally reprehensible." "Victims should know that the ...

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Obituary: Msgr. J. Robert Giggi, longtime Natick pastor


Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley was the principal celebrant of the Funeral Mass of Msgr. J. Robert Giggi at the parish church where Msgr. Giggi had been pastor for more than three decades. Msgr. Giggi died in Weston on Aug. 7 at age 90. He had been pastor at St. Linus, Natick from 1981 to 2013.

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Update: Abuse in Ireland: Pressure mounts for pope to address scandal


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis is traveling to Ireland specifically for the World Meeting of Families, but the sex abuse crisis is dominating headlines before his Aug. 25-26 trip. While coverage of clerical abuse in the United States, Chile and Australia continues, Irish news media have been filled with articles about how a top Vatican official allegedly tried to get Irish government officials to support deals that would protect church records of abuse allegations and limit the financial liability of the church.

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Cardinal will not attend World Meeting of Families


BRAINTREE -- Citing the need to take care of "important matters pertaining to the pastoral care" at St. John's Seminary, a statement from the Archdiocese of Boston announced on Aug. 15 that Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley will not be attending the upcoming World Meeting of Families in Ireland.

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