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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

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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

Church of the Sacred Heart, Weymouth, MA. Courtesy photo.

Police probe arson attack at Boston-area church

Aug 3, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

State police are investigating two fires at Sacred Heart Church in Weymouth, Massachusetts, as arson. Both fires began overnight Sunday.  Read more

Statue of Mary outside Cathedral Prep School and Seminary, Queens, New York.

Statues of Mary vandalized in weekend of Catholic church attacks

Jul 12, 2020

Boston police are investigating an arson attack on a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary Saturday night, the second attack... Read more

A priest administers the Anointing of the Sick.

Boston archdiocese assembles teams of priests to anoint coronavirus patients

Apr 26, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

The Archdiocese of Boston has assembled groups of priests — living together in strategic locations close to hospitals— to administer... Read more

Sign outside Pittsburgh's Cathedral of St. Paul.

Dioceses announce staff cuts, but federal aid could help

Mar 30, 2020

By Matt Hadro

As Catholic dioceses and parishes begin to cut staff during the coronavirus pandemic, they could be eligible for unprecedented federal... Read more

St. John's Seminary, Boston.

Boston seminary report: 'isolated incidents' but no 'culture of abuse'

Nov 22, 2019

An independent investigation into the Archdiocese of Boston’s St. John’s Seminary has found incidents of sexual misconduct but no seminary-wide... Read more

Cardinal Sean O'Malley speaks with CNA in Rome on Feb. 4, 2013.

Cardinal O’Malley expands sex abuse investigation to include all Boston seminaries

Oct 12, 2018

The Archdiocese of Boston announced Thursday that it is expanding its sex abuse investigation to include all three of its... Read more

Cardinal Bernard Law.

Cardinal Bernard Law, formerly of Boston, dies at age 86

Dec 19, 2017

Cardinal Bernard Law has died after a brief hospitalization due to a congenital heart condition, according to sources close to... Read more