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Selling God

Once the church of intellectual rock stars and progressive New Englanders, Unitarian Universalism has struggled in recent times to convince people they need it. So the church did what any modern business would: It hired an ad team.

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Why Harvard Refused to Ban the Black Mass

There’s a lot that’s telling about the relationship between universities and religions in the way the Harvard administration reacted to the uproar over the planned reenactment […]

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The Black Mass at Harvard Was Cancelled at the Last Minute

After intense scrutiny from top religious leaders, Harvard administrators, and their fellow classmates—not to mention lack of a proper venue—the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club […]

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Trading Hats With the Pope: ‘He Radiates Joy Unlike Anyone Else’

Seeing Pope Francis up close is one thing. But trading skullcaps with the dignitary during a public appearance is a tradition that only a lucky […]

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The Couple Fired From A Catholic School Because of Pregnancy Has Lawyered Up

Attorney Anthony DiFruscia is hoping that a Catholic school in Lawrence takes a page out of Pope Francis’s book and shows some kindness by clearing […]

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Quincy Police Found Jesus

Quincy woke up to the news Thursday that, for the third time in a decade, the city’s statue of baby Jesus had gone missing from […]

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Sex and the Single Monk

In 2011, a community of Buddhist monks in Lowell announced plans to build a large, grand temple. The structure would signal that the city’s Cambodian Americans had at last entered the mainstream. Then came accusations of financial impropriety and political backstabbing. And then came a secretly recorded video of a monk having sex.

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Cardinal O’Malley Joins Catholic Push for Immigration Reform

As Congress returns to session today, Boston Catholic Archbishop, Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, is pushing Catholics to support comprehensive reform of America’s immigration laws. The Senate […]

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Vandals Allegedly Tampered With the ‘Try God’ Billboard Along the Mass Pike

A large billboard along the Massachusetts Turnpike, advertising a Catholic radio station, was allegedly defaced by vandals last week, according to the manager of the […]

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Why Pope Francis’s Press Conference Was Such Big News

Since Monday, a single comment made by Pope Francis in a press conference held aboard the papal airplane on the way back from his first […]

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The First Year in the Life of a Catholic Priest

Late May is usually Boston’s down period between college graduations (mid-May) and high school ones (June), but that respite was broken this past weekend at […]

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Months After Seeing ‘Book of Mormon,’ Suffolk Student Converts to Mormonism

The smash Broadway Musical The Book of Mormon, written by the creators of South Park, didn’t set out to endear anyone to the faith. But […]

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Cardinal Sean O’Malley Is Boycotting the BC Graduation

Cardinal Seán O’Malley won’t be attending the Boston College graduation ceremony this year because the school has invited the Irish prime minister Enda Kenny, who […]

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A Young Sean O’Malley Spoke Out Against Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio (now Pope Francis I) and Cardinal Sean O’Malley in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2010. Photo via The Pilot, CardinalSeansBlog.org   Last week, after […]

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Cardinal Seán O’Malley Is Not Your Next Pope

(Photo via The Pilot/George Martell) White smoke emerged from the Sistine Chapel chimney Wednesday, the second day of the papal conclave, after which the Vatican announced that […]