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We all need to work togetherCardinal Seán P. O'Malley

Following is the homily delivered by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley at a Mass for racial justice and healing celebrated at Castle Island in South Boston June 13. It is a privilege for me today to join with ...

Asking pardon and the 'purification of memory'Michael Pakaluk

Many of us remember that at the turn of the Millennium St. Pope John Paul II confessed sins and requested pardon on behalf of Christians for past anti-Semitism. This took place in a remarkable ceremony ...

The 'evil and moral cancer' of racismCardinal Seán P. O'Malley

Here is a letter to the faithful signed by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, June 5. Dearly Beloved in Christ, For four hundred and one years this land, which would become the United ...

My letter to the faithfulCardinal Seán P. O'Malley

(Beginning in Lent, Cardinal O'Malley has periodically issued letters to different communities within the archdiocese addressing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Previous letters have been issued ...

Floyd's killing was 'morally wrong'Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley

Below is a May 30 statement from Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley on the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, who was pinned down by a police officer kneeling on his neck before later dying in hospital ...

Spiritual communionMichael Pakaluk

The Catechism of the Catholic Church mentions "spiritual communion" in only two passages, neither of which deals with the Eucharist: 2347 "The virtue of chastity blossoms in friendship. It shows the ...

Unique times for a really unique person: MomMaureen Pratt

The pandemic has overshadowed much of the "usual" news in the world, but there is one thing it cannot, absolutely must not, take the spotlight from: Mother's Day! In fact, remembering Mother's Day this ...

Cardinal's Palm Sunday homilyCardinal Seán P. O'Malley

I am sure that we all have great memories of many celebrations of Palm Sunday in the past. The beginning of Holy Week with a procession of the palms is usually a celebration marked by enthusiasm and excitement. ...

The last pilgrimMichael Pakaluk

''A man doesn't know what he has until he loses it," sings Joe Boyd, the middle-aged real estate salesman in the musical "Damn Yankees." Transformed into a young, superstar athlete -- "Shoeless Joe from ...

A Lenten response to COVID-19Effie Caldarola

After visiting Philadelphia's spring flower show, my daughter and her five-year-old were returning home on the commuter train. Awareness of the new coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. was just seeping into ...