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Tomb of former Boston cardinal moved

July 28, 2011

The remains of Cardinal William O'Connell, the former Archbishop of Boston, have been moved to a new resting place after his surviving relatives settled a legal dispute with the archdiocese.

When he died in 1944, Cardinal O'Connell was buried on the grounds of St. John's seminary, in accordance with his wishes. When most of the seminary grounds were sold to Boston College in 2004, to help pay the massive price of sex-abuse settlements, the archdiocese planned to move the cardinal's tomb. His relatives objected, citing Cardinal O'Connell's wishes.

Under the terms of an agreement between the archdiocese and the cardinal's family, the tomb has been moved to a new location, on the smaller patch of property still owned by the seminary.


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