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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 a Vatican abuse summit.

Boston Archdiocese opposes bill eliminating time limits for child sex abuse claims

Oct 5, 2023

By Matt McDonald

The current bill being considered by the Legislature would eliminate the time limit and allow lawsuits at any time against... Read more

Students who are all winners of the St. Joseph art contest stand alongside Thomas Carroll, superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Boston.

Boston Catholic schools leader Thomas Carroll stepping down at end of school year

Aug 22, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

A well-known thought leader in Catholic education, Thomas Carroll served as the Boston Archdiocese’s schools superintendent since 2019. Read more

Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Newton, Massachusetts.

Parishioners murdered in Newton, Massachusetts, were ‘salt of the earth’ pastor says

Jun 27, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

Cardinal Sean O'Malley paid tribute to Gilda and Bruno D’Amore and Lucia Arpino, saying “they loved Christ and the Church.” Read more

Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Lawsuit alleges Boston’s Cardinal O’Malley failed to prevent abuse at Catholic high school

May 25, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

Three former students at a Massachusetts Catholic high school have filed a lawsuit against Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley and other... Read more

More than 120 members of the The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property held a prayer rally outside SatanCon on Friday, April 28, in Boston, Massachusetts.

Bagpipes, cymbals, and Marian hymns: Catholics make reparation outside ‘SatanCon’ in Boston

Apr 28, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

More than 100 Catholics showed up to pray outside The Satanic Temple’s annual conference as it began this weekend. 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

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Supreme Court reinstates death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber

Mar 4, 2022

By Christine Rousselle

In a 6-3 decision, with Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor dissenting, the court found that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev... Read more


Boston Catholic schools to drop mask mandate

Feb 11, 2022

By Carl Bunderson

The Archdiocese of Boston announced Wednesday, the same day the Massachusetts governor lifted a state school mask mandate, that school... Read more

CDC vaccination card

Catholic prep school keeps unvaccinated kids behind plastic barriers at lunch

Jan 20, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

The COVID-19 precautions at Boston College High School, which also bar unvaccinated students from playing sports, go beyond those in... Read more

Church-goers in the archdioceses of New York and Boston will be required to wear masks during the holiday season.

New York, Boston archdioceses: Mask up at holiday Masses

Dec 13, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

Citing a spike in COVID-19 cases and a “likely increase” in cases during the holiday season, the Archdiocese of Boston... Read more

Boston auxiliary bishop reveals why he voted against Eucharistic document

Jul 27, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

An auxiliary bishop of the Boston archdiocese on Sunday revealed why he voted against a motion of the U.S. bishops’... Read more

Boston archdiocese to open first new school in 50 years

Jun 4, 2021

By CNA Staff

The virtual instruction is meant to be “a lot more interactive” for students, he told the Register. The school is... Read more

A statue of Christ at St. Charles Borromeo parish in Waltham, Mass., that was vandalized May 2-3, 2021.

Christ statue at Massachusetts church vandalized

May 7, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

During the night of May 2-3 a statue of Christ at a Massachusetts parish was decapitated. Read more

Priests celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Jan. 17, 2105.

Virtual discernment program helps Boston men explore priesthood

Apr 16, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

This past week, the Archdiocese of Boston released its new vocation discernment initiative, Scivias, designed to bring vocational guidance to... 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

Roman collar. Image via Shutterstock

Boston Catholic priest apologizes for ‘right to choose’ statements

Aug 28, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

A Boston priest has apologized for a social media post in which he said he believes in the “right to choose”... Read more

Cardinal Sean O'Malley at the Ecclesia in America Conference Dec 12, 2012.

Boston archdiocese warns clergy, officials over political statements

Aug 27, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

The Archdiocese of Boston has issued a letter to priests, principals of parish schools, and the leaders of Catholic institutions... Read more

A Pro-choice activist holds a sign in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, DC on June 27, 2016.

Boston priest claims Catholics can support ‘right to choose,’ archdiocese declines comment

Aug 26, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

In a statement to CNA, Msgr. Paul Garrity stated that he has considered himself “Pro-Life” since he was ordained a... Read more

Cardinal Sean O'Malley.

Boston archdiocese pushes back after Trump says Boston bomber ‘deserves death’

Aug 4, 2020

After President Donald Trump said Sunday that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, perpetrator of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, should be put to... Read more