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After a yearlong postponement due to the pandemic, hundreds of pro-life supporters from around the region were once again able to gather for the second-ever Night 4 Life at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Quincy on June 17.
Cardinal Seán O’Malley, who has been relatively silent on the drafting of the document, however, noted on his blog that at one point the document was aimed at public figures.

“I think early on, there were some who envisioned the document as dealing with public figures and the reception of the Eucharist,” Cardinal O’Malley wrote. “However, in light of the instructions from the Holy See, the Committee on Doctrine has adjusted it to avoid focusing on categories of individuals but trying to develop a theological document around the Eucharist.”
An heated exchange about same-sex-couple adoption between two obscure figures in Republican politics in Massachusetts has led to far-reaching questions about free expression of religion, the rights of homosexuals and cancel culture. The controversy arose as a result of criticism made by Deborah Martell, a state Republican committee member who is Catholic, of a homosexual Republican political candidate’s same-sex civil marriage and adoption of two children.
Pope Francis has named Oblate Father Andrew Small secretary "pro tempore" of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. Father Small, who was born in Liverpool, England, but worked in the United States for many years and holds U.S. citizenship, succeeds Msgr. Robert Oliver, a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston. The commission is headed by Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley.
Roman Catholics across Massachusetts are once again required by the church to attend Massachusetts.

Earlier this month, Cardinal Sean O'Malley of the Archdiocese of Boston announced that that it was time reinstate the Sunday Mass obligation amid falling COVID-19 cases.
Cardinal Sean O’Malley welcomed Catholics back to Mass in a new video posted ahead of the reinstatement of the Sunday Mass obligation on Father’s Day, saying the church is a family and a spiritual home.
In the Archdiocese of Boston, as in other parts of the country, online education will be maintained in a more permanent way, alongside in-person teaching. The archdiocese is launching a new Catholic school called Lumen Verum — Latin for “true light.” It will combine virtual learning and in-person experiences into what officials at the archdiocese call a “blended learning” experience.
On June 28, 2020, Norwood Hospital flooded following heavy rain. One year later, there is no clear reopening date. The Coalition to Rebuild Norwood Hospital is a group of many interested parties that has three goals: that Norwood Hospital be rebuilt, that it be rebuilt without delay, and that it be reopened as a full-service hospital including all prior services. These parties include Norwood Hospital employees, Norwood select people, and members of the clergy. The Archdiocese of Boston states that Norwood Hospital has kept its historic Catholic identity under Steward's ownership.
The Pilot was once again honored at this year's Catholic Press Awards.

Each year, the Catholic Media Association invites submissions from Catholic newspapers, websites, and magazines that are judged by a panel of independent experts for excellence. The Pilot has been honored with awards each year since 2002.
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