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Remaining committed to helping refugees

At Catholic Charities, our mission to help those in need is carried out through a wide variety of programs that provide assistance to people of all ages, of all faiths, of all walks of life. One such ...



Snow storms bring out the best in peopleRay Flynn

Waiting for the bus outside The New England Medical Center the other morning, a lady I recognized from the Chinatown community stopped and said, "Hello Mayor Flynn how are you? I saw you the other night ...

A work in progressFather Paul Ritt

On March 11, 2013, my priesthood and life took a surprising turn. That was the day the Vicar General and Director of Clergy Personnel of the archdiocese delivered the news that Cardinal Seán had chosen ...

Asking the unaskableClark Booth

Patriots' idolaters don't want to hear it. Nor might anything at this point rain on their interminable parade. But for whatever it's worth, History is likely to judge their team's wild and crazy conquest ...

'Open your heart to Jesus, the Great Priest'Bishop Robert P. Reed

Following is the homily delivered by Bishop Robert P. Reed at the concluding Mass of a retreat for prospective seminarians of the Archdiocese of Boston, Feb. 12. "What eye has not seen, and ear has not ...

The Healy daughters and sistersJames M. O'Toole

Marking Black History Month, we present the final installment of a three-part series exploring the life and legacy of America's first African-American bishop, Bishop James Augustine Healy, and his family. Most ...

Ballroom dance 'swings' through YouvilleAdam Johnson

A circle of older adults forms around a young man dressed in black. It is a Tuesday afternoon at Youville House Assisted Living. The residents wait with expectant smiles as the young man cues up big band ...

Love and mercy in politicsRichard Doerflinger

Catholics advancing social justice sometimes wonder: Will my efforts have a lasting impact? Am I building God's kingdom or will all of this be wiped away? The Second Vatican Council gave a profound ...

Distractions during prayerFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I have heard that it is sinful to let oneself be distracted in prayer. This makes sense to me as regards prayers that are obligatory: e.g., Sunday Mass, the Divine Office for priests and religious, ...