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21
Feb

Beginning Lent

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Hello and welcome!

Last Saturday I had the great joy of being present as the Holy Father created 20 new cardinals from all over the world.IMG_3925

IMG_3868Pope Benedict was present with us

IMG_3868 copy_1Though several were from what would traditionally be a cardinalatial see, such as the Patriarch of Lisbon, many of the new cardinals are from areas where there has never been a cardinal before. These appointments by the Holy Father are making the College of Cardinals much more international. It also brings the presence of the Church, in a very special way, to some of these countries — when a cardinal is named, suddenly the Church has a higher profile in that area. For example, it was interesting to see how even government officials from these countries wanted to be present for the consistory.

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The ceremony was held inside the Basilica rather than in the square, as mine was

After the liturgical ceremony, in the afternoon they have the official visits during which people can go to congratulate the cardinals. Most of the cardinals were in the Audience Hall, although a couple of them, such as Cardinal Langa of Mozambique, were in the Sala Regia.

I made sure to take pictures with the new cardinals who have significant immigrant populations here in Massachusetts.IMG_3884

Probably one of the biggest — and most pleasant — surprises in the naming of the new cardinals was Cardinal Furtado of Cape Verde

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IMG_3913The Cardinal of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Cardinal Souraphiel. He has a priest working in the archdiocese who celebrates Mass for the Ge’eze Rite community at the Cathedral.

IMG_3891With Capuchin deacon from Cape Verde who was there for the consistory

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Sunday was the Mass with the Holy Father.POPE-CARDINALSPOPE-CARDINALS

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Monday I was part of a press conference at the Pontifical Gregorian University to celebrate the opening of the Center for Child Protection, which had been in Munich and is now being relocated to the Gregorian. 2015-02-16 18.01.352015-02-16 16.02.15ABUSE-AWARENESS

It will be able to train a number of people in Rome and they have already begun outreach to different countries – particularly mission countries.

Father Zoellner, who heads up that center, is also a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. ABUSE-AWARENESS

So, he asked me to be part of the press conference and also to give the keynote address at a public event and reception that took place later on at the Gregorian.

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After the press conference  I went to the Capuchin General Curia for lunch. There  I took these pictures of a recently restored sacristy that had relics and images of all  the capuchin saints and blessed.

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I also took a picture of a replica of the cross of Blessed Marco D’Aviano, the capuchin friar who brandished the  crucifix  against the Ottomans in the Battle of Vienna in 1683.

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He is usually pictured with that cross.

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I spent Tuesday traveling back to the states in time to be in the archdiocese for Ash Wednesday.AshWed2015-CPineo-IMG_1719

As I always like to do, I celebrated the noon Mass at the Pastoral Center. 16546123326_f6e05ee2f3_o

As I said in my homily, St. Paul says that we are to be ambassadors of Christ and that God is going to speak through us. So, we must be aware that our mission is to be that ambassador of Christ – to live his Gospel in such a way that we will attract other people who will want to live a life of discipleship because they see something in our lives that they also want to have. As the Holy Father has said so often, people will be converted, not by proselytism, but through attraction.AshWed2015-CPineo-IMG_1731

Lent is a very important opportunity for us to renew our own baptismal life. It is a baptismal retreat, as we join in solidarity with all of those who are preparing to be received into the Church on Holy Saturday and as we prepare to renew our own baptismal promises.

So, we live this baptismal retreat of Lent trying to have greater discipline, but also to grow in our friendship with the Lord and our commitment to live our mission to be ambassadors of Christ and evangelizers in today’s world. 15951947183_7f317423ed_o

This Lent is a very important moment in the life of the Church. The Mass at the Pastoral Center was standing room only. And I know that, despite the bad weather, horrible driving and difficult parking, the same was true in many of our churches and chapels. Even my sister, who was with us in Rome, was traveling back to Mexico and she called me to say how happy she was that she had been able to receive the ashes at the Atlanta airport Chapel!

It is clear that Catholics were responding to this call to begin Lent. As I said in my homily, “Let’s get cracking, Lent has begun!”

Until next week,

Cardinal Seán

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14
Feb

In Rome for meetings

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Hello and welcome!

This week I have been in Rome for meetings leading up to the Consistory for the Creation of New Cardinals tomorrow, Valentine’s Day.POPE-REFORM

As I mentioned in my last post, from last Friday to Sunday we held our first plenary session of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

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The commission now consists of 17 members from nations all over the world. Besides myself, the full membership is:

— Msgr. Robert Oliver from the U.S.

— Father Luis Manuel Ali Herrera from Colombia

— Catherine Bonnet from France

— Marie Collins from Ireland

— Gabriel Dy-Liacco from the Philippines

— Sheila Hollins from England

— Bill Kilgallon from New Zealand

— Sister Kayula Lesa from Zambia

— Sister Hermenegild Makoro from Zimbabwe

— Kathleen McCormack from Australia

— Claudio Papale from Italy

— Peter Saunders from England

— Hanna Suchocka from Poland

— Krysten Winter-Green from the U.S.

— Father Humberto Miguel Yañez from Argentina

— Father Hans Zolliner from Germany

They all are very competent, dedicated, and passionate people.

It was a very productive meeting and there were a number of different ideas set forth by the group. I am so pleased to have this larger and more diverse group, which I know is going to enrich our work. I was very pleased with the spirit of the different commission members and very grateful for their commitment.

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As I mentioned last week, on Saturday we gave a press conference to update everyone on our progress.

I am very grateful for Sister Kayula and Peter Saunders for sharing the stage with me along with Father Lombardi.

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On Sunday, the commission members celebrated Mass together at the Church of St. Stephen of the Abyssinians within the Vatican. 800px-Santo_Stefano_degli_AbissiniIMG_3828It is the church of the Ethiopian Catholics (the same rite as the Ethiopians and Eritreans who gather every Sunday at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston) and is just behind the Pontifical Ethiopian College.

IMG_3829The icon of St. Stephen from the church

IMG_3830A statue of Pope Clement XI

The church has been used by the Ethiopians for about the past 500 years, though the history of the building itself goes back nearly 1,500 years.

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Thursday, along with many of the new cardinals, I was invited for dinner at the British Embassy to the Holy See. There were a number of different bishops there from nations in the British Commonwealth as well as the representative of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The ambassador, Nigel Baker, and his wife Sasha are very lovely people and excellent hosts. I thought it might be considered rude to take pictures during dinner, so I took this picture of the Queen, thinking, “What could be more emblematic of a dinner at the British Embassy?” IMG_3834

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Following our meetings of the commission, we entered into several days of meetings of the group of cardinals advising the Holy Father on reform of the Roman Curia. As always, the Holy Father was with us throughout our meetings, except for Wednesday during the General Audience.Papa-Francisco-G8-Ciudad-Vaticano_LNCIMA20131203_0110_5

We are still working on several recommendations for the reform of the Curia, as well as on a number of other issues that the Holy Father has brought before us.

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Finally, yesterday and today we had the consistory of the College of Cardinals. It was an opportunity to share with them what has been accomplished over this last year around reforms of the curia, the Vatican Bank and finances, child protection, as well as a number of other proposals that we have been dealing with.IMG_3833

For my part, I gave about a 40 minute report on the work of the Commission for the Protection of Minors, after which I answered questions. There was a great spirit among the cardinals. They were very happy to hear what was happening and anxious to make their suggestions.

Of course, much of what was discussed in the consistory must remain confidential, but Father Lombardi has done an excellent job of keeping everyone updated on our meetings. You can read his updates here if you want to find out more.

During the break today, Kiko Argüello, one of the initiators of the Neocatechumenal Way, invited me for lunch along with Cardinal Schönborn. IMG_38371We had a very nice talk but, of course, we had to head back right away to the Vatican to continue the consistory.

Tomorrow will be the ceremony for the creation of new cardinals and Sunday will be the Mass with the Holy Father. IMG_3832I look forward to sharing my reflections on those events with you next week!

Until then,

Cardinal Seán

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07
Feb

Visiting with the Sisters of the Good Shepherd

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This week, we received with joy the news that the sainthood cause of Archbishop Oscar Romero is going to proceed, thanks to the Holy Father’s declaration that Archbishop Romero died as a martyr.ROMERO-THEOLOGIANS

I have followed Archbishop Romero’s cause of canonization very closely because he was someone I knew personally and admired very much. Working with many Salvadorans for over 20 years, I had contact with him on a number of occasions. He was a man who was truly a prophet of the Church’s gospel and his death, like those of other martyrs, brought many graces to the Church in El Salvador.

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On Friday, I visited the Sisters of the Good Shepherd at their house in Marlborough.FullSizeRender2

The sisters have been in the archdiocese for many decades but, for the last five, they have been located in Marlborough. IMG_3824

I was there to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Cardinal Cushing establishing their house there.IMG_3820

A statue of the foundress of the order, Sister Mary Euphrasia Pelletier

Their ministries include working with homeless women and unwed mothers, and they also have a community of contemplative sisters.FullSizeRender

The statue of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, over the altar

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Every couple of months I invite a different class of seminarians for dinner and a discussion. And so, that evening, I gathered with our Second Theology seminarians. I always look forward to the opportunity to be with the men, hear their opinions and get to know them better.

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Over the weekend I had dinner with two groups of Boston priests. On Saturday, Msgr. George Carlson hosted us in West Roxbury and on Sunday we went St. Mary’s in Danvers for lunch and dinner and, of course, to watch the Super Bowl — that was a glorious game!Patriots

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That day, I made sure to place a call to Sister Mercedes Moore, who was celebrating her 100th birthday and her 80th jubilee as a Benedictine sister.100birthday80jubilee-litcandles

Sister Mercedes worked with me when I was bishop in the Virgin Islands around the time of Hurricane Hugo, and she is now in Chicago. She is an extraordinary woman who has done outstanding work as a religious for 80 years.100birthday80jubilee-microphone

Her community has many more wonderful photos of her celebration on their Facebook page and a couple of nice entries about it on their blog. One entry I thought was especially touching was a letter written to Sister Mercedes by her mother as she was about to profess her final vows.

It seemed very fitting that the following day we would be marking World Day for Consecrated Life, which will be celebrated in parishes this weekend. Particularly in this Year of Consecrated Life, it was an occasion to remember and honor all the religious women and men who have given so much to the Church.ycl-logo-270x200-montage

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These recent days have been very sad and unusual in that we have seen six priests pass away: Father David Bartley, Father William Campbell, Father José Ferreira, Father James Lanergan, Father John Gentleman and Msgr. Richard Mehm.

For Father Gentleman, I was able to be at the hospital to say prayers over the body with his family.

I was also able to see Msgr. Mehm just before he died and tell him the good news that the Holy Father had named him a monsignor. And on Tuesday I was able to celebrate Msgr. Mehm’s funeral.

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Wednesday, I had a number of meetings in the morning before departing to Rome where we have begun our meetings of the Commission for the Protection of Minors. This is the first meeting of the full commission and we have much we want to accomplish. Tomorrow we have a press briefing to update everyone on our progress.

Until next week,

Cardinal Seán

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31
Jan

Welcoming Bishop Coyne back to New England

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Following the March for Life last week, I stayed in Washington for a couple of days to attend the Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life at Georgetown University on Saturday.LifeConference

Conference on Life is an all-day event sponsored by three groups on campus: the pro-life group, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas and their Knights of Columbus chapter. I was asked to give the keynote address in Gaston Hall.GTown_IMG_3801

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There were several hundred people in attendance, including many students.

DSC_0347Georgetown University is the oldest Catholic University in the country.

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This is a picture of a mural that is in the hallway of Gaston Hall, which shows John Carroll the first Bishop of United States in his episcopal robes.GTown_IMG_3791

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While in Washington, I went with the Friars to visit the Missionaries of Charity at their house called the Gift of Peace, where they take care of AIDS patients, homeless and mentally ill persons. A number of our Capuchin brothers work there as volunteers.Sisters_livingRoom

They have about 50 residents there, as well as a house of formation for the sisters.Sisters_IMG_3790

There are over 30 sisters at the house. A couple of the sisters had worked in Boston and New Bedford so I knew them from their time in Massachusetts.

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I also had the opportunity to have lunch with Pedro and Alicia Esteban and their daughter. I had married them and baptized their children. They were very active in the pre-Cana program that I used to run at the Centro Catolico and they are still very involved in the church.IMG_3804

It was great to have a chance to see them again.

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By Sunday I was back in Boston and so I went to Northeastern University for a Mass and reception with the students. 000_3500000_3510000_3536000_3539000_3593000_3598000_3605000_3687000_3731000_3751000_3762

Brother Sam and the Brotherhood of Hope are doing an excellent job there and we are so grateful for all they do.

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From there I went to Faneuil Hall to attend Massachusetts Citizens for Life’s annual Assembly for Life.MCFL

The keynote speaker for the day was Anthony Esolen.09-MCFLRally2015-CPineo_IMG_20150125_142920_349

In my remarks, I spoke a little bit about the events at the March for Life and how over 1,000 people from Massachusetts went down to be with us at the March. I thanked them for all their support for the cause of life.

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Sunday evening I celebrated the Mass for benefactors at St. John’s Seminary.SJS_dSzCyiK-dKGrUEUKPMYhcRRnay7QmB_YOn7ep4VLjkQ,lfOquiyf0851zoXszcA7Pmtuc14lUAidlUI9Zf_yGew,54K6nmhyEGeMqejH6yWjDSXDeqAohb0UrM09gryIaSY

During the evening they honored Secretary of State Bill Galvin to the Archbishop John J. Williams Award. SJS_IMG_6054 - Copy

SJS_IMG_6071We also presented Jim and Pattie Brett with the Saint John the Evangelist Award.SJS_IMG_6076SJS_IMG_6096

As some of you may know, the rector of St. John’s Seminary, Msgr. James Moroney, has his own blog and he has a very nice post on the event.

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That night I attended the wake of Catherine Abruzzese, the mother of Msgr. John Abruzzese. Monsignor Abruzzese has been stationed in Rome, but was able to come back to be with his mother in her last days and to celebrate her funeral.

We tender our condolences to Msgr. Abruzzese and his family, and assure them of our prayers.

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On Monday evening, I was visited by the responsible team of the Neocatechumenal Way in the United States: Giuseppe and Claudia Gennarini and Father Angelo Pochetti and Adelchi and Franca Chinaglia from Venice.

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They were in town for meetings, and so I asked them to join me for dinner at the Cathedral.

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On Tuesday, it didn’t really matter what I had on my schedule because, like everybody else, it turned into a free day of getting work done at my desk. We were blessed that we did not lose power or heat, as some people did due to the storm.  But unlike many local schoolchildren, I only got one “snow day” out of the Blizzard of 2015. So by Wednesday my schedule had resumed as normal.

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On Wednesday, I visited the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Brookline for the yearly Board Meeting. It was a very good meeting in which Father Tony Medeiros, the rector, updated us on the main events in the life of the seminary and also informed us of their current needs.

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From there I went to St. Patrick’s in Stoneham for their ecumenical service to celebrate the third anniversary of the establishment in the U.S. of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, which was established by Pope Benedict for those who wished to enter full communion with Rome but maintain their Anglican traditions.

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There were a number of different ministers from local churches present for the celebration.

Father Jürgen Liias organized it with his parishioners from St. Gregory the Great Church, which is the ordinariate community in the diocese.

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Thursday, we traveled to Vermont for the installation of Bishop Christopher Coyne as the new Bishop of Burlington. We are very happy to have Bishop Coyne back in New England.635581635436751207-BUR20150129BISHOP3-1

BpCoyne_10th bishop of burlington installedIn addition to their being many, many priests from the diocese of Burlington, there were also quite a number from Boston and Indianapolis. We were also joined by Bishop Salvatore Matano the previous Bishop of Burlington, who is now in Rochester, New York, and the Archbishop of Montréal and his auxiliary. (I had not realized how close Burlington is to Montréal – only an hour and a half away.)

The installation Mass was celebrated in the co-Cathedral, which is a beautiful church dedicated to St. Joseph.Co-Cathedral_of_Saint_Joseph,_Burlington_VT

They Apostolic Nuncio was not able to be with us and so he was represented by the first counselor of the Nunciature, Msgr. Angelo Accattino.

Bishop Coyne gave a beautiful homily and seemed very happy.BpCoyne_cardinal presentationBpCoyne_10th bishop of burlington installed

In my remarks I was able to thank Bishop Matano for all is fine work during his tenure in Vermont and express our support and best wishes for Bishop Coyne as he begins is new ministry there.

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Finally, as many prepare to watch the Super Bowl this weekend, we send our best wishes to the New England Patriots.Patriots

It is good to know that Governor Baker, Mayor Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner Evans encourage all fans to have an enjoyable and safe time during the game and afterwards, with recognition of the importance of public safety.

Also, we wish to express our gratitude to the Sloane family and Century Bank, who generously donated four first rate tickets to the Super Bowl, to be auctioned for the benefit of Catholic Charities. The bidding was competitive and produced a substantial donation, which will greatly assist with Charities’ mission of responding to individuals and families in need. Before the coin toss takes place at the 50 yard line Sunday evening, the Sloanes’ game plan has led to a big win for Catholic Charities!

Until next week,

Cardinal Seán

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24
Jan

Marching for Life

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Hello and welcome!

Each year, Communion and Liberation sponsors a gathering in New York City, which they call the New York Encounter. This year’s theme was “In Search of the Human Face” and the gathering was very much dedicated to the memory of my good friend, Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete.logo-NYElogoblk

On Saturday evening, I was asked to participate in a panel discussion “Identity and the Challenge of Disability” with Jean Vanier and Timothy Shriver. "Identity and the Challenge of Disability" at New York Encounter 2015.

Jean Vanier, Founder of L'Arche Communities via telecast at New York Encounter 2015, speaking on "Identity and the Challenge of Disability.""Identity and the Challenge of Disability" at New York Encounter 2015.Jean Vanier is the much revered founder of L’Arche movement, adult communities of special-needs people, particularly those with Down syndrome. He gave a wonderful talk through video. Timothy Shriver is chairman of the Special Olympics. He has a theology degree from Catholic University of America and is the father of five children. He is a man who is very much dedicated to advancing the cause of people with special-needs.

"Identity and the Challenge of Disability" at New York Encounter 2015.It was a beautiful dialogue, I thought.

I was also happy to be able to celebrate the Mass for them on Sunday.Holy Mass at New York Encounter 2015, celebrated by Sean Cardinal O'Malley, archbishop of Boston.Holy Mass at New York Encounter 2015, celebrated by Sean Cardinal O'Malley, archbishop of Boston.Holy Mass at New York Encounter 2015, celebrated by Sean Cardinal O'Malley, archbishop of Boston.

Sean Cardinal O'Malley greeting a family at New York Encounter 2015 before the celebration of mass.One of the most quirky and interesting sights of the Encounter where these jars of Nutella labeled with “NYE” for New York Encounter. I thought it was a riot!IMG_3784

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Following the New York Encounter, I returned to Boston for a couple days of work in meetings before heading to Washington DC for the annual March for Life.AX5E1476

I am president of the USCCB Office for Pro-Life Activities and, traditionally, the head of that office celebrates a Mass for the directors of pro-life offices and other pro-life leaders at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America in Washington D.C. on the day before the March.AX5E1506AX5E1528AX5E1543AX5E1546AX5E1554AX5E1574AX5E1605AX5E1617AX5E1625AX5E1644AX5E1649AX5E1655AX5E1662AX5E1673

Afterwards, I had an opportunity to greet the different pro-life leaders from around the country who were in attendance. Of course our own Marianne Luthin and her husband Henry were there, as well as Janet Benestad, our Cabinet Secretary for the New Evangelization.AX5E1702AX5E1707

Afterwards, there was gathering next door and almost as if on cue, it began snowing just as the Mass ended. It certainly made for some beautiful scenery!AX5E1713

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In the evening I was the main celebrant and homilist at the Vigil for Life, which is held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. I understand the organizers estimate there were about 11,000 people in attendance. It’s quite an impressive sight, with people sitting in the aisles and fitting into every possible space.

Another impressive sight is the procession of so many seminarians, deacons, priests and bishops. There are so many that the opening procession took about 40 minutes.

Vigil Mass for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Jan. 21, 2015.
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Vigil Mass for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Jan. 21, 2015.
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Vigil Mass for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Jan. 21, 2015.
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Vigil Mass for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Jan. 21, 2015.
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Vigil Mass for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Jan. 21, 2015.
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Vigil Mass for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Jan. 21, 2015.
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Vigil Mass for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Jan. 21, 2015.
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Vigil Mass for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Jan. 21, 2015.
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Vigil Mass for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Jan. 21, 2015.
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Vigil Mass for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Jan. 21, 2015.
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Vigil Mass for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Jan. 21, 2015.
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I was particularly happy that Metropolitan Methodios was able to join us for both the Vigil Mass and the March itself. It was wonderful to have him, as well as so many other Orthodox leaders, join us.Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley participates in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Jan. 22, 2015.
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I was also able to see Cardinal Karlic, the retired Archbishop of Paraná in Argentina at the Mass. He is an old friend of mine who is just an extraordinary individual. He was visiting some Argentines in Washington and came to the mass. It was wonderful to see him.

I would like to share my homily at the Mass with you here:

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Then on Thursday, the day of the March, as we have for several years now we began the day with a Mass with all the Boston pilgrims at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart, the Capuchin church on 16th Street.Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrates Mass with the Boston groups in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Jan. 22, 2015.
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Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrates Mass with the Boston groups in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Jan. 22, 2015.
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Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrates Mass with the Boston groups in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Jan. 22, 2015.
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Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrates Mass with the Boston groups in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Jan. 22, 2015.
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Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrates Mass with the Boston groups in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Jan. 22, 2015.
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Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrates Mass with the Boston groups in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Jan. 22, 2015.
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It was standing-room-only with all the people from Boston who were there. All told, there were about 1,000 people among the pilgrims, chaperones, seminarians and priests.Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrates Mass with the Boston groups in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Jan. 22, 2015.
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Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrates Mass with the Boston groups in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Jan. 22, 2015.
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Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrates Mass with the Boston groups in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Jan. 22, 2015.
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Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrates Mass with the Boston groups in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Jan. 22, 2015.
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Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrates Mass with the Boston groups in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Jan. 22, 2015.
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Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrates Mass with the Boston groups in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Jan. 22, 2015.
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Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrates Mass with the Boston groups in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Jan. 22, 2015.
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Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrates Mass with the Boston groups in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Jan. 22, 2015.
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Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrates Mass with the Boston groups in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Jan. 22, 2015.
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Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrates Mass with the Boston groups in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Jan. 22, 2015.
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Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrates Mass with the Boston groups in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Jan. 22, 2015.
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Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrates Mass with the Boston groups in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Jan. 22, 2015.
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Of course, a few parishioners also managed to squeeze into the Mass to come to see me because I was pastor there for many years. In fact, the current pastor, Father Moises, was a member of my youth group! Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrates Mass with the Boston groups in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Jan. 22, 2015.
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Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrates Mass with the Boston groups in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Jan. 22, 2015.
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy

In my homily I expressed my nostalgia in coming back to Sacred Heart every year and I told the young people about my experience there, particularly during the time of the 1968 riots when there were 700 fires in that neighborhood and we were living in the basement with hundreds of people. I I described the scene, with tanks surrounding the White House and soldiers with bayonets on every corner. It was a very disturbing time. I also told them that the minister who is shown being beaten to death in the film Selma had worked just two blocks away, down the street at All Souls Church.Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrates Mass with the Boston groups in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Jan. 22, 2015.
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy
Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrates Mass with the Boston groups in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Jan. 22, 2015.
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy
Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrates Mass with the Boston groups in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Jan. 22, 2015.
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy
Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrates Mass with the Boston groups in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Jan. 22, 2015.
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy
Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrates Mass with the Boston groups in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Jan. 22, 2015.
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy
Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrates Mass with the Boston groups in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Jan. 22, 2015.
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy
Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrates Mass with the Boston groups in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Jan. 22, 2015.
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy
Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrates Mass with the Boston groups in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Jan. 22, 2015.
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy
Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrates Mass with the Boston groups in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Jan. 22, 2015.
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy
Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrates Mass with the Boston groups in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Jan. 22, 2015.
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy
Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrates Mass with the Boston groups in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Jan. 22, 2015.
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy
Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrates Mass with the Boston groups in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Jan. 22, 2015.
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy

So I was trying to give a little bit of historical context to our young people and told them that, when I was a seminarian, the greatest issue we faced in the country was racism and discrimination. But then, when I was a young priest, Roe v. Wade came about and we found ourselves facing another great assault on human dignity. This is what brings us to Washington as a people of faith, to witness to the sacredness of life which is a centerpiece of the Catholic social teaching.Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrates Mass with the Boston groups in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Jan. 22, 2015.
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy

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Following the Mass, we headed straight to the National Mall for the March for life. Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley participates in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Jan. 22, 2015.
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy
Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley participates in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Jan. 22, 2015.
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy

I have heard reports that there were over half-a-million people taking part this year. It really was an extraordinary crowd.Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley participates in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Jan. 22, 2015.
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley participates in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Jan. 22, 2015.
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy
Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley participates in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Jan. 22, 2015.
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy

Along the way, I joined the group from St. John’s Seminary and the young people from the archdiocese for the March.Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley participates in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Jan. 22, 2015.
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy
Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley participates in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Jan. 22, 2015.
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy
Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley participates in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Jan. 22, 2015.
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy
Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley participates in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Jan. 22, 2015.
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy
Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley participates in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Jan. 22, 2015.
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy
Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley participates in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Jan. 22, 2015.
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy
Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley participates in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Jan. 22, 2015.
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy
Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley participates in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Jan. 22, 2015.
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy
Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley participates in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Jan. 22, 2015.
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy
Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley participates in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Jan. 22, 2015.
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy
Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley participates in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Jan. 22, 2015.
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy
Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley participates in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Jan. 22, 2015.
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy
Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley participates in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Jan. 22, 2015.
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy

It was incredible how many people stopped me and asked to take a “selfie” with me this year.

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley participates in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Jan. 22, 2015.
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy
Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley participates in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Jan. 22, 2015.
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy
Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley participates in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Jan. 22, 2015.
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy
Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley participates in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Jan. 22, 2015.
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy

I was glad to do it, but I think I’m “selfied-out” for a couple of weeks!

Until next week,

Cardinal Seán

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