Cardinal reflects on Pope Francis' first year
SOUTH END -- In an extensive interview with The Pilot March 4, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley reflected on the first year of the pontificate of Pope Francis.
In the interview, the cardinal analyzed the personality of Pope Francis and addressed some of the concerns and expectations that the pope's way of communicating have raised in some Catholics.
Cardinal launches 2014 Catholic Appeal
NORTH ANDOVER -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley took the message of the 2014 Catholic Appeal "Forward in Hope" to parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Boston on the weekend of March 1-2.
The message, inspired by Pope Francis's first encyclical "Lumen Fidei," was delivered in person by the cardinal as he celebrated Mass at St. Luke Parish in Belmont, March 1 and at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Lawrence and St. Michael Parish in North Andover, March 2. Other parishes in the archdiocese played a recorded version of the cardinal's homily during Masses that weekend.
BPD meets with cardinal, Boston priests on curbing gun violence
ROXBURY -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley and priests from throughout the neighborhoods of Boston met with top Boston Police Department leadership, Feb. 28, to discuss ways to collaborate against gun violence in the city.
The clergy and law enforcement officials met at a closed-to-press meeting at the Teen Center at St. Peter's in Dorchester.
Father Brian Kiely appointed West Region episcopal vicar
BRAINTREE -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley has appointed Father Brian R. Kiely as Episcopal Vicar of the West Region in the Archdiocese of Boston. The effective date for Father Kiely's appointment will be finalized in the coming weeks.
Cardinal O'Malley said, "Father Kiely is an experienced pastor who has a deep understanding of the parishes of the archdiocese and has demonstrated strong leadership skills. During my time as Bishop of the Virgin Islands he provided very effective and helpful pastoral service at a time of need. His knowledge of the West Region of the archdiocese will be a blessing for the parishes and faithful of the communities there."
Top 10 things most people don't know about Pope Francis
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- When Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran walked onto the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, telling the crowds in Latin: "I announce to you a great joy. We have a pope!" not many people recognized the name of then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Now, just one year since his March 13, 2013, election, there are still many things most people do not know about the 265th successor of Peter.
News posted between 3/1/2014 and 3/7/2014
What to give up for Lent: Some (possibly novel) ideas
I propose some possibly unordinary ideas of mortifications for Lent, of the sort that may not have occurred to you, but which are likely more difficult, and cut closer to places where you need spiritual improvement, than some other alternatives.
A last Lent
Here we are, at Lent once again. Lent: that oh-so-Catholic time of year for practicing the art of sacrifice; not to perfect it, but to be perfected by it. For 40 days we are encouraged to lay aside every encumbrance to our faith, and take up the ancient disciplines that mark the true disciples of Christ. And for 40 days, we suffer the stuff we're made of -- and not made of.
'Disa and data'
Herewith we clear the notebook of idle, stray, and perhaps fairly pointless "disa and data" with apologies to the late, great, John ''Bud'' Gillooly of that long gone but still dearly missed tabloid, The Record. It was good old Bud who coined the term and perfected the shtick.