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The season of hope and renewalMichael Reardon

This time of year, trees turn color, days are getting shorter and the air cooler. Beaches close, people spend more time inside, and it can feel like the best parts of the year are over. Yet it is the ...

The 1842 dedication of St. Mary Church, QuincyThomas Lester

On Sept. 18, 1842, the parish church and cemetery of St. Mary, Quincy, were dedicated by Bishop Benedict Fenwick. The bishop commenced his day at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Franklin Street, celebrating ...

Red Sox free agentsDick Flavin

Can we all agree that 2022 has been a lost season for the Red Sox? Good. Not good that it's been a lost season. Good that we all agree that it is. Let's dump the 2022 campaign into the dustbin ...

Evangelization: What and when?George Weigel

At the "information meeting" of the College of Cardinals this past Aug. 29-30, there was considerable agreement that evangelization is Catholicism's prime imperative for the 21st century -- a consensus ...

Sticking to the letter of Vatican IIRussell Shaw

What was the Second Vatican Council all about? With the 60th anniversary of the council's opening now close at hand, you can still get an argument about that. Instead of consulting the "spirit" of ...

It's our blessing to support our priestsStephen Wessling

At so many pivotal points in our lives, priests have played an integral role and contributed to the deepening of our faith. When my wife, Mary, was diagnosed with cancer 10 years ago, she looked to Father ...

Catholic Charities, city partner to support Boston youthShannon Lyons

From helping to soothe infant babies during nap time at Catholic Charities Boston's Yawkey Child Care Center, to stocking grocery bags at the agency's Food Pantry in Dorchester, a group of motivated ...

Take the money, or notDick Flavin

The typical guy, or gal, with an income of only $700 a week probably drifts off to sleep each night with dreams of someday making a cool $70,000 a year; whereas those who make $70,000 dream of hitting ...

Finding the bishops we needGeorge Weigel

There was considerable excitement in some quarters this summer when Pope Francis appointed three women as members of the Vatican's Dicastery for Bishops, which makes recommendations to the pope for ...

Expanding the circle of protectionGreg Erlandson

One of the maddening aspects of America's political landscape for Catholics is the inconsistencies of both political parties. Some folks may oppose the death penalty but are just fine with abortion, ...