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Cardinal O’Malley gives taped holiday blessing

“St. Patrick’s day in Boston is a time to celebrate our pride and heritage,” Cardinal Sean O’Malley said in his blessing from Rome.
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“St. Patrick’s Day in Boston is a time to celebrate our pride and heritage,” Cardinal Sean O’Malley said in his blessing from Rome.

As Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley remains in Rome for Pope Francis’ inauguration on Tuesday, Boston’s Catholic leader delivered a St. Patrick’s Day blessing for those back home, emphasizing the importance of the local patron saint. “Saint Patrick’s day in Boston is a time to celebrate our pride and heritage,” O’Malley said in his audio message, which was taped in Rome. “Through the miracle of modern technology, I am able to speak to you as your bishop and let you know how happy I am to call Boston my hometown.” O’Malley outlined St. Patrick’s accomplishments, comparing his altruistic personality to the newly named Pope Francis. “[Pope Francis’] love for the poor and his missionary zeal are two of his greatest attributes,” O’Malley said. O’Malley ended his remarks by offering his affection to all of Boston: “God bless you, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day.”