Bishop McManus Issues an Updated Report of Clerical Abuse

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Bishop McManus has published an updated report following the review of all cases of sexual abuse of minors since the Worcester Diocese was established in 1950. This report serves as an update to the 2004 report by then Bishop Daniel P. Reilly. It also recognizes the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the U.S. bishops’ […]

Bishop McManus Statement on the Death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

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“The universal Church is profoundly saddened at the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, whose pontificate was an extraordinary gift to the Church and to the world. Ever the brilliant theologian and teacher, the late Pope Emeritus guided the Church through the rough seas of doubt, confusion and challenging ideologies, always presenting the tenets of […]

Bishop da Cunha’s Reflection on the Passing of Pope Benedict XVI

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Today God has called to his eternal reward Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, bringing to an end the earthy journey of this faithful and humble servant who became the 246th successor to St. Peter.  His passing provides us with the opportunity to remember and reflect on his eight-year pontificate and to thank God for his extraordinary service […]

Cardinal O’Malley Statement on the Passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

“Today a loving God called Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI home to his eternal reward for a lifetime of dedicated service to the Church. That service included 71 years as a priest, 28 years as a Cardinal, and nearly eight years leading the Catholic Church as the Bishop of Rome and Successor to St. Peter. His life and […]

MCC Letter of Support for House Bill 5394 pertaining to Immigrants


To Speaker of the House Ronald Mariano and Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, Aaron Michlewitz, The Massachusetts Catholic Conference is the public policy office of the Catholic Church in the state representing the Archdiocese of Boston, along with the dioceses of Fall River, Springfield, and Worcester.  Please accept this letter in support of […]

Statement of the Massachusetts Bishop’s – Vote Yes on 4


Vote Yes on Question 4 In June of this year the Massachusetts legislature overwhelmingly passed into law a bill which provides a path for Massachusetts residents without immigration status the ability to obtain a driver’s license. That bill was not only supported by the Roman Catholic Bishops of Massachusetts, but also by the majority of […]

Bishop McManus led prayers at the 40 Days for Life campaign

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WORCESTER – Bishop McManus led prayers at the 40 Days for Life campaign to end abortion, outside the Planned Parenthood abortion facility on Pleasant Street, on Oct. 13. He was joined by more than 100 people, most of them students and adults from Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Still River and St. Thomas Aquinas […]

Cardinal O’Malley Blesses New Food Pantry


LYNN — Catholic Charities of Boston, in partnership with Greater Lynn Senior Services (GLSS) and Lynn’s Food Security Task Force, opened the doors to its new 3,600 square-foot food pantry on 8 Silsbee Street Thursday morning. In the parking lot in front of the food pantry, a herd of teenagers from St. Mary’s College Prep […]

Padre Pio showed the world that ‘God is real’

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — St. Pio of Pietrelcina did not boast of his fame or holiness but instead showed that God “chooses the weak to confuse the strong,” said Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley of Boston.“Today, we stand before this great saint and we thank him for showing the world that God is real and that […]

Bishop da Cunha’s Statement on Arrival of Migrants

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Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., has issued the following statement in response to the unexpected arrival of migrants on Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday, September 14: “In the Gospel of St. Matthew, Jesus makes quite clear how we are to care for strangers: ‘For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty […]