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  • Cardinal O'Malley issues statement on the Inauguration of President Biden

    Below is the full text of a statement Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley released Jan. 20 on the Inauguration of President Joseph Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Today we offer our prayers and best wishes for President Joseph Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris as they undertake the important work of governing our nation. We ask God's blessings on them for good health, wisdom in all their decisions and their work of building bridges of reconciliation.

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  • Cardinal greets Metropolitan Methodios on Orthodox feast

    BOSTON -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley visited St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church to greet Metropolitan Methodios and the faithful of the Metropolis of Boston before a vesper service for the feast of Theophany and the feast of St. John the Baptist, Jan. 6.

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  • Local, virtual events planned around annual March for Life

    BOSTON -- Since the risks and restrictions of the coronavirus will prevent many people from attending this year's National March for Life on Jan. 29, local churches and pro-life groups are planning alternative ways to show their support for life in their own communities.

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  • 'Lord, make me an instrument of your peace'

    In the wake of the assault on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of outgoing President Donald G. Trump, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley released the following statement Jan. 7. The beginning of the Prayer of St. Francis is familiar to most of us: "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace." And it is peace we need in our nation today, united by the common good of our people. The violence witnessed in our nation's capital yesterday serves only to inflame our divisions and pit citizen against citizen at a time we need to be united. We reject all forms of violence including the acts of those who stormed our Capitol. We pray for those who lost their lives and for their loved ones and for the injured. We live in a divided nation and the challenges our nation faces are significant.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    On Thursday was, of course, New Year's Eve, and ordinarily, I would have joined the Oblates of the Virgin Mary at St. Clement's Eucharistic Shrine for our annual Holy Hour and midnight Mass to ring in the New Year. However, this year, because of restrictions that are in place and the curfew in Boston, we decided instead to hold a live-streamed Mass at the cathedral. (We are very grateful for the help of our cathedral Music Director Richard Clark in arranging the livestream.)

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  • Cardinal O'Malley speaks out against federal executions

    BRAINTREE -- In the Dec. 24 entry of his weekly blog, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley published a statement criticizing the United States' federal execution policy under the Trump administration, adding his voice to those of other Catholic leaders who have spoken out against this policy in recent months.

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  • Cardinal's statement on federal executions

    The following statement was issued by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley Dec. 24, 2020. As 2020 comes to a close, the United States has implemented the most aggressive federal execution policy in 124 years. Ten inmates have been executed in 2020, the most since the administration of President Grover Cleveland, with additional federal executions scheduled over the next month. This is an acceleration of a punishment that had been paused the previous sixteen years. At the same time, states have executed fewer numbers of inmates than at any time since 1983.

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  • Massachusetts bishops decry passage of abortion-expanding legislation

    BRAINTREE -- The bishops of Massachusetts have expressed their disappointment in the recent passage of new laws expanding access to abortion in the Commonwealth. In a statement released Dec. 31, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, Springfield Bishop William D. Byrne, Worcester Bishop Robert J. McManus, and Fall River Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha said they were "deeply disappointed by the failure of the Massachusetts legislature to uphold Gov. Baker's veto" of a budget amendment that significantly deregulates abortion in Massachusetts.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last week, I received a call inviting me to receive the vaccine. Some doctor friends had contacted me, urging me to do it not just because of my advanced age but to try to dispel people's fear of the vaccine and encourage people to make use of the vaccine.

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  • Cardinal O'Malley receives COVID-19 vaccine

    BRIGHTON -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley received the first of the two-dose protocol of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Brighton Dec. 24. The cardinal accepted an invitation from Dr. Joseph Weinstein, Chief Physician Executive of the Steward Health Care Network, who noted that the cardinal qualified for the COVID vaccine.

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  • Dedham Eagle Scout gives back to parish with project

    DEDHAM -- When Vincenzo Petruzziello, 16, reached out to his family's parish to ask if there was something he could do for his Eagle Scout project, St. Mary of the Assumption Parish pastor, Father Wayne Belschner, had a suggestion: the installation of a crucifixion scene that had been donated to the parish.

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  • Local official welcomes bishops' guidance on COVID vaccines

    BRAINTREE -- The chairmen of two committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement on Dec. 14 addressing concerns about whether it is morally acceptable to receive a forthcoming coronavirus vaccine if its development, production, or testing involved the use of cells derived from abortions.

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  • Catholic Schools Foundation receives $50K match challenge

    BOSTON -- Catholic Schools Foundation (CSF) Trustee, Richard J. Henken of The Schochet Companies, has agreed to increase his support through a matching gift challenge. Through Dec. 31, Henken will match all new or increased gifts dollar-for-dollar, up to $50,000, to bridge the gap of unmet financial needs brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, and double the impact of year-end gifts.

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  • Fire tears through Townsend rectory

    TOWNSEND -- A fire broke out in the rectory of St. John the Evangelist Church on the morning of Dec. 21, devastating the residence but leaving the church untouched. The only person in the rectory at the time was the parish's pastor, Father Jeremy St. Martin. Smoke alarms alerted him to the fire on the first floor just before 2 a.m., and he initially tried to put it out using a fire extinguisher, burning his hands in the process.

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  • Sister Disciples move to California

    Although their lives began thousands of miles apart from each other -- one in Cinisello-Balsamo (near Milan) Italy, the other in Mexico City, Mexico -- two Sister Disciples of the Divine Master have worked closely with each other in different assignments of their congregation, most recently here in the archdiocese. They will be assigned together again, though this time closer to Mexico City and farther from Milan -- and Boston.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Saturday was the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and we had a modest celebration with the Cathedral Parish organized by Sister Sara. It was lovely, but it was certainly a far cry from the celebration we would normally have -- with Aztec dancers, mariachis, and huge crowds. It was just one more reminder of the reality that we are living during this pandemic, and we all look forward to next year's celebration.

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