Cardinal Sean O'Malley

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In 2023 there were more than 275,000 child pornography websites on the internet, with approximately 11,000 photos generated by AI in just one month.

Conference in Rome addresses dangers of AI and child pornography

May 7, 2024

By Andrés Henríquez

The conference grappled with the fact that youth are increasingly exposed to platforms that contain tools “that can lead to... Read more

Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey walks across the campus of St. John's Prep in Danvers, Massachusetts, on April 9, 2024.

Pro-lifers dismayed at Massachusetts pro-abortion governor’s appearances at Catholic school events

Apr 23, 2024

By Matt McDonald

Pro-lifers are raising a ruckus over two recent appearances at Catholic education events by the pro-abortion governor of Massachusetts. Read more

Pope Francis blesses an unborn baby during the Papal Foundation's annual pilgrimage in Rome on Friday, April 12, 2024.

Papal Foundation announces nearly $15 million in global grants, humanitarian aid

Apr 12, 2024

By Daniel Payne

The U.S.-based Papal Foundation announced on Friday the distribution of nearly $15 million in grants, scholarships, and charitable aid. Read more


Catholics in Massachusetts, New York urged to oppose assisted suicide bills

Jan 24, 2024

By Joe Bukuras

In both states efforts are underway to legalize assisted suicide. Read more

Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Bishop Andrew Cozzens, and Cardinal Blase Cupich.

U.S. dioceses respond to Vatican declaration on same-sex couple blessings

Dec 19, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

A new Vatican declaration on blessings issued Monday is seen by some bishops as an opportunity to clarify confusion and... Read more

Father Cristiano G. Borro Barbosa , 47, was appointed by Pope Francis as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Boston on Dec. 9, 2023.

Pope Francis appoints Brazilian native as Boston’s new auxiliary bishop  

Dec 9, 2023

By Jonathan Liedl

Father Cristiano G. Borro Barbosa, 47, will join Cardinal Seán O’Malley and four other auxiliaries as bishops of the archdiocese.  Read more

Cardinal Sean O'Malley briefs reporters during the Vatican abuse summit.

Vatican abuse commission now more ‘impact-focused,’ Boston’s Cardinal O’Malley says

May 8, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

Cardinal Sean O’Malley said the commission’s recent actions “represent a major shift towards a more impact-focused direction.”  Read more

Pope Francis meets with the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors in an audience May 5, 2023.

Pope Francis invites child protection group to have ‘a spirituality of reparation’

May 5, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

“The sexual abuse of minors by clergy and its poor handling by Church leaders has been one of the greatest... Read more

St. Michael the Archangel.

Call to ‘intense’ prayer: Boston Archdiocese responds to Satanic Temple’s convention

Apr 20, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

The Archdiocese of Boston is responding to the Satanic Temple’s upcoming “SatanCon” event in Boston. Read more

Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston.

Cardinal O’Malley ‘surprised, disappointed’ by abuse expert’s criticism of Vatican commission

Mar 30, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Sean O’Malley said Thursday he strongly disagrees with a critique of the Vatican’s safeguarding commission by Father Hans Zollner. Read more

Father Hans Zollner.

Abuse expert leaves Vatican commission for protection of minors, citing concerns

Mar 29, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Father Hans Zollner said in a statement March 29 that “structural and practical issues” within the commission had led him... Read more

New cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan (L), Archbishop of New York, receives the biretta cap from Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Basilica on Feb. 18, 2012, in Vatican City, Vatican.

U.S. cardinals react to Benedict XVI’s death

Jan 1, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

A roundup of tributes from members of the College of Cardinals from the United States to the late pope. Read more

The Council of Cardinals meets with Pope Francis on Feb. 21, 2022.

Pope’s cardinal advisers discuss Church’s efforts to prevent abuse

Dec 7, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The Holy See press office said Dec. 7 that the pope met with his council of advisers for a two-day... Read more

Cardinal Seán O'Malley celebrates Mass in San Giovanni Rotondo for the feast of Padre Pio Sept. 23, 2022

Cardinal O’Malley: ‘Padre Pio shows us the power of the cross’

Sep 23, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The archbishop of Boston celebrated Mass on Sept. 23 in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, in the Church of Saint Pio... Read more

Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors president Cardinal Seán O’Malley, left, attends a press conference near the Vatican, April 29, 2022.

Cardinal O’Malley defends the independence of the Vatican’s safeguarding commission

Apr 29, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The Boston archbishop said that Pope Francis ‘has assured us that … the commission will be independent.’ Read more

A demonstrator at the "Enough is Enough" rally in Baltimore Nov. 16 outside the fall assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

USCCB demonstrators: The scene outside the bishops' meeting in Baltimore

Nov 20, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

More than 1,000 demonstrators, representing various causes and grievances, came to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' fall assembly... Read more


Catholic Church in Italy holds 1st national day of prayer for abuse victims

Nov 18, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Milan archdiocese marked the day with Eucharistic adoration and Mass. Read more

Fernando Karadima

Fernando Karadima, former priest whose sex abuse scandal rocked Chile, dead at 90

Jul 26, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Fernando Karadima, an influential former priest in Chile whose sexual abuse of minors prompted major questions about episcopal cover-ups, has... Read more

Msgr. Robert Oliver, then secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, in Rome, July 11, 2019.

American priest reveals communication ‘mix-up’ about end of Vatican job

Apr 6, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Msgr. Robert Oliver has said that due to a “mix-up,” he was not told in advance that his service on... Read more

Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston.

Boston cardinal: Catholics have 'right' to clarity, after priest supports 'right to choose'

Aug 27, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

Cardinal Sean O’Malley said that Catholics have “the right to expect" that priests of the archdiocese be clear and unequivocal on... Read more