By Kenneth J. Souza
NEW BEDFORD — While the majority of the nation’s attention was fixated on the tragic bombings that had occurred during the Boston Marathon the day before, Bishop George W. Coleman quietly went about blessing and dedicating the newly-refurbished Oscar A. Romero House in New Bedford with representatives from the diocesan Catholic Social Services office last month.
Located at 8 Allen Street in the city’s south end and situated diagonally across the street from St. John the Baptist Church on the corner of County Street, the historic structure will now offer 12 affordable housing units for families at or below 50 percent of the area’s median income.
By Christine M. Williams, Anchor Correspondent
BRAINTREE, Mass. — Boston’s Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, OFM Cap. seemed sure he would need his round-trip ticket home from the conclave that elected Pope Francis. Despite this, Italian media christened him a frontrunner, and Boston media seemed to be rooting for a hometown pope.
The media focus on Cardinal O’Malley raised his profile and the added attention will likely continue with his April 13 appointment by Pope Francis to an advisory committee on reforming the Roman Curia. The committee’s first meeting is slated for October 1.