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The sweet name of MaryMichael Pakaluk

''May this appeal of mine not go unheard!" Thus wrote the sainted Pope John Paul II in 2002, near the end of his apostolic letter on the rosary. "I look to all of you, brothers and sisters of every state ...

COVID and encounterEffie Caldarola

In the news recently: An amusement park in Japan encouraged roller-coaster riders not to scream. Screaming is a great way to project COVID-19 particles into the air for a much farther distance than speaking. ...

Ideas for summer readingMichael Pakaluk

It is easy to tear down, hard to build. Cathedrals built over centuries were destroyed in days during the Reformation. A man nurtured lovingly from birth, educated, instructed in sports, formed in art ...

We all need to work togetherCardinal Seán P. O'Malley

Following is the homily delivered by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley at a Mass for racial justice and healing celebrated at Castle Island in South Boston June 13. It is a privilege for me today to join with ...

Asking pardon and the 'purification of memory'Michael Pakaluk

Many of us remember that at the turn of the Millennium St. Pope John Paul II confessed sins and requested pardon on behalf of Christians for past anti-Semitism. This took place in a remarkable ceremony ...

The 'evil and moral cancer' of racismCardinal Seán P. O'Malley

Here is a letter to the faithful signed by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, June 5. Dearly Beloved in Christ, For four hundred and one years this land, which would become the United ...

My letter to the faithfulCardinal Seán P. O'Malley

(Beginning in Lent, Cardinal O'Malley has periodically issued letters to different communities within the archdiocese addressing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Previous letters have been issued ...

Floyd's killing was 'morally wrong'Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley

Below is a May 30 statement from Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley on the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, who was pinned down by a police officer kneeling on his neck before later dying in hospital ...

Spiritual communionMichael Pakaluk

The Catechism of the Catholic Church mentions "spiritual communion" in only two passages, neither of which deals with the Eucharist: 2347 "The virtue of chastity blossoms in friendship. It shows the ...

Unique times for a really unique person: MomMaureen Pratt

The pandemic has overshadowed much of the "usual" news in the world, but there is one thing it cannot, absolutely must not, take the spotlight from: Mother's Day! In fact, remembering Mother's Day this ...