2013 Cheverus Medals awarded at cathedral
SOUTH END -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley said the work of the Church would grind to a halt if not for people like those who received the Cheverus Award, Nov. 24, at a vespers service for the Solemnity of Christ the King.
"Each year we gather at this time so that the Catholic community might express our gratitude for some 100 men and women who faithfully serve the Church from their parishes and schools, central administration, campus and prison ministries, promoting the Gospel of Life, taking Holy Communion to the shut-ins, in countless examples of corporal and spiritual works of mercy," Cardinal O'Malley said in his homily.
Cardinal closes Year of Faith with Mass
SOUTH END -- At the closing Mass for the Year of Faith, Nov. 24, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley said the year-long celebration called Catholics to revisit their faith and share it with the world.
Declared by Pope Benedict XVI in his October 2011 apostolic letter "Porta Fidei," the Year of Faith began in 2012 and marked the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, with a focus on efforts to reinvigorate Catholic faith through continued conversion. It concluded on the Solemnity of Christ the King, the last Sunday of the liturgical year.
Cardinal joins efforts to distribute Thanksgiving meals
Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley joined staff and volunteers of Catholic Charities and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley at Catholic Charities Yawkey Center in Dorchester to help distribute more than 1,500 Thanksgiving meals Nov. 23.
The distribution was part of a collaborative effort between Catholic Charities and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley to distribute nearly 5,000 Thanksgiving meals to families in need throughout Boston and the surrounding communities this month.
Assassination anniversary marked at cathedral Mass
SOUTH END -- At a special Mass to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Nov. 22, the celebrant and older members of the congregation recalled where they were on that 1963 day.
Those not yet born at the time of the assassination, including a group of students from Cathedral High School, heard what it was like to receive the news that the Brookline native and beloved president had been shot and killed in Dallas, Texas.
In document, pope lays out his vision for an evangelical church
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In his first extensive piece of writing as pope, Pope Francis lays out a vision of the Catholic Church dedicated to evangelization in a positive key, with a focus on society's poorest and most vulnerable, including the aged and unborn.
"Evangelii Gaudium" ("The Joy of the Gospel"), released by the Vatican Nov. 26, is an apostolic exhortation, one of the most authoritative categories of papal document. (Pope Francis' first encyclical, "Lumen Fidei," published in July, was mostly the work of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.)
At Vatican meeting, pope discusses ongoing war in Syria with Putin
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Peace in the Middle East, particularly the ongoing war in Syria, topped the agenda Nov. 25 as Pope Francis welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Vatican.
The Russian president "conveyed the greetings of (Russian Orthodox) Patriarch Kirill, but there was not a discussion of ecumenical relations," said Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman.
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C.S. Lewis and the art of evangelization
Two famous men died on November 22, 1963. The first did so in the most dramatic way possible, assassinated in the full glare of publicity on the streets of Dallas; the second in relative obscurity, in the upstairs bedroom of his simple home on the outskirts of Oxford, England. John F. Kennedy's legacy has, of course, been enormous, but I wonder whether C.S. Lewis has actually, in the course of these past 50 years, had a greater impact on the culture than his counterpart. When he died at the age of 65, Lewis's reputation was on the wane, but he has enjoyed an extraordinary posthumous vogue, as two successive generations have delighted in his literary criticism, his novels, and above all, his clever and incisive Christian apologetics.
An apocalypse of joy
The leaves are down. The year is old. Between fall and winter waft up the homey smells of Thanksgiving and Advent, with the warmth of indoors and the tea. An oaken and mellow delight, seismic with all the thunder of melancholy.
Grumpy and grateful
I don't know what's wrong with me, but lately, I've been slipping into grumpy too much and too fast. Sure, my life is stressful -- full-time work, full-time family, part-time lots of other things. Too much to keep up with, too much to do, and too much I'd like to do but can't. Never enough time, or money, or energy. But despite my share of the real burdens we all have, I know that I have so very much to be grateful for.
The gift that keeps on giving -- A-Rod
In the mad, mad, mad, mad world of the unsinkable Alex Rodriguez these are the best of times. There he sits at the epicenter of that narrow universe he has so long occupied with occasional degrees of dominance. And yet never before has it been quite so unequivocally ..."all about Him."