Sloanes honored at Catholic Charities Spring Celebration
DORCHESTER -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley joined Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston, May 15, at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum for their annual Spring Celebration. The benefit raised more than $1.3 million to fund the agency's programs and services that support 200,000 people in need throughout Eastern Massachusetts.
Cardinal celebrates Pentecost with new movements and communities
SOUTH END -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrated Pentecost with the new movements, ecclesial realities, and ethnic communities of the archdiocese in Boston with a vigil Mass May 19.
The vigil mirrored one celebrated by Pope Francis in Rome the same day.
Pentecost, which falls 50 days after Easter, celebrates the day when the Apostles received the Holy Spirit and began preaching the Gospel.
Tornadoes exact deadly toll in Oklahoma; area needs 'a lot of prayers'
OKLAHOMA CITY (CNS) -- Even after the initial death toll was cut by more than half, the human and material devastation of a string of tornadoes that buffeted areas of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City May 19-20 was incalculable.
"Our first concern is for the victims who have lost their lives or loved ones and suffered injury or loss of property," said a May 21 statement by Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City.
Judiciary Committee approval moves immigration bill on to full Senate
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Advocates for comprehensive immigration reform expressed optimism and hope for a law to pass this summer after the Senate Judiciary Committee May 21 finished wading through 300 proposed amendments -- accepting about a third of them -- and passed the massive bill on to the full Senate.
Vatican denies pope performed public exorcism
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- When Pope Francis solemnly laid both hands on the head of a young man in a wheelchair and prayed intently over him for several minutes, he was not performing an exorcism, said the Vatican spokesman.
The young man, who was among dozens of people in wheelchairs greeted by the pope at the end of Mass May 19, appeared somewhat agitated when the pope approached. The priest with him, Legionary of Christ Father Juan Rivas, said something to the pope, who then prayed over the man.
'Be Open to the Newness of the Holy Spirit,' pope says at Pentecost Mass
VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) -- Over 200,000 people from all over the world gathered in Rome to celebrate the Solemnity of Pentecost with Pope Francis on Sunday. The Mass was the concluding event of the two day pilgrimage of ecclesial movements, communities, and lay associations including the charismatic renewal, Focolare movement, Neocatechumenal Way, Regnum Christi, Communion and Liberation and others.
News posted between 5/18/2013 and 5/24/2013
Hacks, flacks, and yoots
On the 40th anniversary of Watergate, we once again face the prospect of billowing scandal in the Executive Branch, what with the I.R.S. targeting taxpayers for their political opposition to the administration, cover-ups about the Benghazi attacks, and the Justice Department fishing through journalists' phone records to try to stop media leaks.
Causeway vs. Broadway
People say, when reveling in the extraordinary excitement of Stanley Cup hockey, "How come the games aren't like this all season?"