Families of those killed in marathon bombing mark day with prayer
BOSTON -- The families of the three people killed in the Boston Marathon bombing explosions began a day filled with poignant remembrances and emotional testimonies with prayer and a simple wreath laying ceremony at the two sites where their loved ones lost their lives and scores were injured one year ago, on April 15, 2013.
Catholics to run Boston Marathon in memory of boy slain at last year's race
BOSTON -- "No more hurting people. Peace," read the poster held by Martin Richard, the youngest life lost on Marathon Monday last year. The image of the smiling eight year-old boy accompanied by his message against violence stood in stark contrast to the twin explosions that killed 3 and injured an estimated 264 others on April 15, 2013.
Chrism Mass is priests' 'annual oil change and tune-up,' cardinal says
SOUTH END ? The priests of the Archdiocese of Boston joined Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross for the annual Chrism Mass, April 15.
The Chrism Mass serves as a symbol of unity in dioceses throughout the Catholic world as the local bishop, during Holy Week each year, blesses the sacred oils used to administer sacraments for the coming year ? the oil of catechumens, the oil of the infirm and the sacred chrism.
Faith, forgiveness marked life, death of young man killed in shooting
INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) -- The funeral of 24-year-old Nathan Trapuzzano -- shot and killed while taking a morning walk April 1 in his Indianapolis neighborhood -- emphasized a key aspect of the victim's life: forgiveness.
"Nathan Trapuzzano was a man who knew from his head to his toes that he was a sinner who was loved and forgiven by God. He wanted everyone he met to know the same love and forgiveness," said the homilist Father Christopher Roberts, administrator of St. Mary's in Union City and St. Joseph in Winchester.
Pope: During Holy Week, ask which Gospel character you resemble
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Preceded by young people and clergy waving tall palm branches, Pope Francis began his Holy Week liturgies by encouraging people to ask themselves which personality in the Gospel accounts of Jesus' passion, death and resurrection they resemble most.
"Where is my heart? Which of these people do I resemble most?" Pope Francis asked April 13 as he celebrated the Palm Sunday Mass of the Lord's Passion.
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Remember the priests who have served us and our archdiocese
It has been one year since Pope Francis celebrated his first Chrism Mass as Bishop of Rome. On that Holy Thursday, the shepherd of our Church addressed over 1,600 priests, reminding them that: "the power of grace ... comes alive and flourishes to the extent that we, in faith, go out and give ourselves and the Gospel to others."
The story is so familiar, most of us could retell it almost verbatim. And, with few exceptions, we do the same things to commemorate it every year. But perhaps because none of us is exactly the same person in exactly the same place when Holy Week rolls around, it is always possible to draw something new from the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. That happened for me in a pretty big way this year.
'God opened my eyes to the full truth of the Catholic Church'
"Wisdom reaches mightily from one end of the earth to the other, and she orders all things well" (Wisdom 8:1). With ordination to the priesthood only weeks away, an important truth appears clearer to me now than ever before: God remains an intimate and active presence in our lives at every moment.
For Lord Stanley's Cup
What team, in any sport, might openly disdain finishing first in the endless, relentless, thankless ordeals of what nowadays pass for "regular seasons"?