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Pope accepts resignation of Maine bishop, names Rhode Island pastor as successor

Bishop Deeley

WASHINGTON (OSV News) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert P. Deeley of Portland, Maine, and appointed as his successor Father James T. Ruggieri, a pastor in the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island. Bishop Deeley has headed the statewide diocese just one day shy of 10 years: He was installed as Portland’s […]

In D.C. speech, Cardinal Sean O’Malley denounces physician-assisted suicide- Boston Globe 1-22-24

Cardinal O'Malley

By Danny McDonald Globe Staff,Updated January 22, 2024, 9:22 p.m. Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, the head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, condemned physician-assisted suicide at a conference concerning the value of human life over the weekend in Washington, D.C., according to a Catholic news service. O’Malley forewarned that “the next major assaults” on the […]

Christmas Message from Bishop McManus

Bishop McManus

Christmas 2023 My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, The Gospel accounts of Jesus’ birth involve a disparate group of people—the sinless virgin, the upright Joseph, an indifferent innkeeper, Jewish shepherds, pagan magi, the ruthless Herod, incurious scribes, and murderous soldiers.  Among this radically varied group, there was one thing in common.  They were all—each […]


Bishop McManus

Statement from Bishop Robert McManus on Blessing Ireegular Marriages or Same Sex Unions“Fiducia supplicans, issued by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith and approved by Pope Francis, has reaffirmed that the Church does not have the power to impart a liturgical blessing on irregular or same-sex couples or to bless their union. It can, however, […]


Cardinal O'Malley

“We thank the Holy Father for his love and care of all the people in the flock. We caution and make clear that the Holy Father has not endorsed gay marriage, but has recognized all Catholics, including those whose unions are not recognized by the Church, as equally in need of God’s grace and love. […]

Pope names Father Cristiano Barbosa auxiliary bishop of Boston

Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley announced Dec. 9 that Pope Francis has named Father Cristiano Guilherme Borro Barbosa auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston. Bishop-Elect Barbosa, 47, has served as Episcopal Vicar for the Central Region and as Secretary for Evangelization and Discipleship since July 1. He will continue in these roles after his episcopal […]

Bishop Byrne elected chairman-elect of USCCB communications committee

SPRINGFIELD – Springfield Bishop William D. Byrne was elected chairman-elect of the United Stated Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Communications at the annual Fall Plenary Assembly in Baltimore this week. The bishops also elected a conference secretary and chairmen for five other committees. Bishop Byrne will serve one year as chairman elect, before […]

American Medical Association retains opposition to assisted suicide

woman in hospital bed

by Jonah McKeown CNA Staff, Nov 14, 2023 / 18:00 pm The House of Delegates of the American Medical Association (AMA) has rebuffed an effort to change the organization’s current stance in opposition to physician-assisted suicide, a development that drew praise from members of the Catholic Medical Association, which advocated against the change.  According to the CMA, […]

Cardinal O’Malley – Praying for Lewiston

Cardinal O'Malley

Hello and welcome, Our nation, once again, is witnessing a horrific and senseless act of violence with the rampage of deadly shootings in Lewiston, Maine.  We again see innocent people gunned down while living their lives with family and friends.  We again hear calls for thoughts and prayers, and we should.  But that is not […]

Cardinal O’Malley to Celebrate Ribbon Cutting of Mixed-Income, Mixed-Tenure Housing at Morton Station Village in Mattapan

Cardinal O'Malley

WHAT:  Cardinal Seán O’Malley will join the Planning Office for Urban Affairs of the Archdiocese of Boston and Caribbean Integration Community Development to celebrate the dedication of Morton Station Village, 40 units of mixed-income, mixed-tenure housing — 28 rental apartments and 12 affordable homeownership units with green space — in Mattapan, adjacent to the Morton […]