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  • Boston clergy gather for annual cookout

    WESTON -- Keeping with tradition, dozens of clergy from across the Archdiocese of Boston gathered with Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley for the annual St. John Vianney Cookout, held this year Aug. 3 at Pope St. John XXIII Seminary in Weston. Started in 2005, the get-together allows clergy to enjoy a relaxed day of fraternity, as well as celebrate the Aug. 4 Feast Day of St. John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests.

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  • Theological Institute moves to Pastoral Center home

    BRAINTREE -- When studies begin again in September, students of the Theological Institute for the New Evangelization will no longer be traveling to Brighton to attend classes. Instead, they will be going to the institute's new location: the Pastoral Center in Braintree.

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  • Historic edition returned to The Pilot

    BRAINTREE -- In 1930, the Jazz Age was ending, the Great Depression was beginning, and The Pilot was celebrating its 100th anniversary with a specially printed Centenary Edition. A copy of that issue was gifted this summer to The Pilot by West Roxbury native Elizabeth Wilson, after she found it tucked away while cleaning a family member's house. The issue had apparently been in her mother's side of the family, surnamed Kelly, for years.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    On Wednesday (7/26) of last week, I was visited by Bishop Antonisamy Francis of the Diocese of Kumbakonam, India, who was accompanied by Father Father Selva Raj, the Mission Coordinator for his diocese. They were here to meet with Maureen Heil of our Pontifical Mission Societies Office and also to explore the idea of sending some of their seminarians to study at St. John's Seminary.

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  • Pro-life official welcomes workplace protections for expectant, new mothers

    BRAINTREE -- A bipartisan bill meant to protect pregnant workers has been made into a law in the Commonwealth, signaling a win for women's rights and, possibly, for the pro-life movement. Governor Charlie Baker signed the Massachusetts Protection Workers Fairness Act on July 27. It had previously been unanimously approved by the State House and Senate. Going into effect on April 1, 2018, the law will prohibit workplace and hiring discrimination related to pregnancy and nursing, as well as require employers to provide "reasonable accommodations" to new and expectant mothers in the workplace.

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  • Youth center opens in Lynn

    LYNN -- School is out for the summer, but at a new youth and young adult center at St. Joseph Parish in Lynn, the learning hasn't stopped. The center, headed by pastor Father Israel Rodriguez and Father Wellington Oliveira, parochial-vicar of the parish and center coordinator, is currently running a five-week program for middle school and high school students in the area.

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  • Quincy parishioners head to Maine for mission trip

    QUINCY -- Hours before 25 teens and seven adults from Holy Trinity Parish in Quincy boarded vans for mission trip to Mexico, Maine, July 23, where they were to spend a week helping some of the area's most impoverished residents, the parish community took part in a sendoff Mass celebrated by Bishop Peter Uglietto at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

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  • Shanley to be released from prison

    BOSTON (AP) -- One of the most notorious figures in the Boston clergy sex abuse scandal has completed his prison sentence on child rape charges and will be released this week after two experts hired by prosecutors found he does not meet the legal criteria to be held as a sexually dangerous person.

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  • Residents, clergy, and police walk for peace in Dorchester

    DORCHESTER -- The sun was just starting to set when the flashlights came on and chants of "Light up the streets, light up the night!" echoed across Dorchester's Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood. The chanting, coming from dozens of voices, caused residents to open their windows and their doors to peer out at the parade of civilians, police officers, and clergy members who made their way down the streets, shining flashlights on neighborhoods that have, especially in the last few weeks, seen some dark times.

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  • National Catholic service program aids Boston area seniors

    EVERETT -- Saugus senior citizen Ken Nadeau sounded emotional as he addressed the hundreds of people gathered in the auditorium of Pope John XXIII High School in Everett, June 29. He was on stage thanking the young adults who had cleaned his entire house and did yard work as part of the Catholic Heart Workcamp service program, during the camp's Resident Night.

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  • Andover parish teens aid non-profits

    ANDOVER -- Forty-nine teens, along with 18 adult participants, from St. Augustine Parish's Youth Ministry spent the first full week of summer vacation serving several of their local neighbors in need of help as part of the ministry's UNITAS program.

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  • Man sues archdiocese, cites sex abuse by priest at orphanage

    BOSTON -- A New York man is suing the Archdiocese of Boston for sexual abuse he says he suffered decades ago at a Church-affiliated home for orphaned and foster children. Andre Jones, who's 51, said on Monday that he was abused in the 1970s by the late Brother Edward Anthony Holmes, a supervisor and counselor at the now-shuttered Nazareth Child Care Center.

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  • Pope accepts Bishop Kennedy's resignation due to age

    The Holy See announced June 30 that Pope Francis had accepted the request of Bishop Arthur L. Kennedy to resign as auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese. Bishop Kennedy had submitted the customary letter of resignation "on having reached the age limit" on his 75th birthday, Jan. 9, 2017. The Boston native has been serving as an auxiliary of the archdiocese since his episcopal ordination on Sept. 14, 2010.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    First, on Saturday (7/8) the archdiocese organized a rally for Hispanic youth at Fontbonne Academy in Milton. We had about 450 young people with us there. The kids all looked wonderful in their blue T-shirts that said "Atrevete a Navegar Contracorriente" ("Daring to Swim Against the Current") and had the symbol of the fish, which of course in the Early Church was the symbol of the Christian because it comes from the acrostic of the Greek words "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior."

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