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  • Members’ 11-year vigil defies plan to close church in Boston Archdiocese

    SCITUATE, Mass. — It was a bright Sunday morning at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church, and the building’s stained glass windows cast a jewel-colored glow over the service. An elegant, 81-year-old woman led a few dozen congregants in Catholic prayer. A single flutist accompanied the hymns. But there was no

  • Profane, but not sordid, and blessed by the Archdiocese of Boston

    Three years ago, Cardinal Sean O’Malley designated the Holy Trinity Church in the South End of Boston for secular purposes — in official Church language, “for profane but not sordid use.” That decree triggered a $7 million sale of the building to developers and a plan — just approved by

  • What Jesus would — and Cardinal O’Malley should — do

    Here’s the storybook ending. Today Sean O’Malley, archbishop of Boston, stuns all, backs down, and lets parishioners of St. Frances X. Cabrini Parish in Scituate, Mass., keep the church he’s shut down and wants to unload — but which parishioners have battled to keep open. For 11 years. Around-the-clock. Seven


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