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Archdiocese launches bicentennial Web site

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BRIGHTON -- This week the Archdiocese of Boston launches the Web site for its bicentennial celebration at www.Boston200.org.

The 200th anniversary of the archdiocese will be marked during the upcoming liturgical year. The opening event will be a Mass, celebrated by Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on the first Sunday of Advent, Dec. 2.

The celebration’s Web site will contain information about bicentennial events, news stories and resources as well as the history of the archdiocese.

“The Web page now really is a great way for people to begin to learn more,” said Father Robert Connors, director of the Bicentennial Committee. “It’s exciting to have the Web page come up. It reminds us that we are getting closer to the beginning of our celebration.”

Boston, along with the Archdioceses of New York, Philadelphia and Louisville, Ky., was created from the territory belonging to the Diocese of Baltimore in 1808.

Over the past 200 years, Boston has contributed much to the world, including the St. James Society, which sends priests to serve in South America, Father Connors noted.

“We have lots to celebrate,” he said.

Father Connors also acknowledged that the local Church has faced challenging times in the past few years and needs to draw people back while reaching out to young people and young families.

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