Cardinal O’Malley meets with 60 lawmakers in effort to open dialogue with Beacon Hill

FILE - In this May 25, 2006, photo, provided by the Archdiocese of Boston, Cardinal Sean O'Malley delivers a homily during a Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, during a multi-day pilgrimage of "repentance and hope" to offer special prayers and Masses at nine parishes where there has been a history of sexual abuse by priests. Among the eight cardinals Pope Francis chose as his new "kitchen cabinet," only one is from North America: Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley. The panel of cardinals has planned to meet at the Vatican for the first time Oct. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Archdiocese of Boston, George Martell, File)
Cardinal Sean P. O’MalleyGeorge Martell/Archdiocese of Boston/AP

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In an effort to build rapport with the state Legislature, Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley joined some some 60 state lawmakers today for a meeting in which speakers highlighted the Boston archdiocese’s involvement in youth programs, assistance to immigrants, parochial schools, and assistance to the needy in 144 cities and towns in Eastern Massachusetts.

Though O’Malley has met with legislative leaders previously, today’s meeting was his first with rank and file lawmakers since he was named to his post in 2003.

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