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Cardinal to host Armenian Genocide prayer service


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BRAINTREE -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley will lead the first ever Archdiocese of Boston commemoration of the Armenian Genocide at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on April 23. The cardinal will host and preside at the 4 p.m. prayer service joined by faithful from both communities, ecumenical and interreligious guests, and civic dignitaries.

"At last year's commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, Pope Francis made clear that the Church acknowledges the suffering of so many who lost their lives in witness to their faith and that, tragically, such witness continues through the persecution of Christians taking place throughout the world today. Building on our bond as Christians, the Archdiocese of Boston joins with our Armenian brothers and sisters to make this remembrance in common prayer to our Lord," Cardinal Seán said.

"With Pope Francis' leadership last year and potential visit to Armenia, and with Cardinal Seán's desire to continue building bridges of Christian unity, Catholics and Armenians are standing together more strongly than ever. The vitality and fidelity of the Armenian community which will be expressed April 23 is a demonstration of the victory of good over evil," said Fathers Antranig Baljian and Arakel Aljalian of the local Armenian community.

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