Crux | Pope's visit to the US

Pope has chance to reclaim ?moral authority? in visit

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MD - SEPTEMBER 22: (AFP OUT) Pope Francis is greeted by U.S. President Barack Obama after the pontiff's arrival from Cuba September 22, 2015 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Francis will be visiting Washington, New York City and Philadelphia during his first trip to the United States as pope. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

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The papal visit is an opportunity for the Church to burnish its standing in the United States, but significant challenges remain.

// For many local Catholics, pilgrimage not to be missed

Local Catholics are making the trip to see Pope Francis, although they don?t expect to meet him or shake his hand.


// Pope Francis lands on US soil for first time

Francis was greeted by President Obama and his family after arriving on a flight from Cuba.

A rendering of Wynn Resorts? proposed casion in Everett.

Judge considers dismissal of Boston lawsuit on Wynn casino

A dismissal would be a blow to Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, who has pursued an aggressive strategy against the casino.

SJC bans police stops solely for suspected marijuana

The court based its ruling on a measure that made possession of an ounce or less of marijuana a civil violation.

2-year-old girl falls from third-floor window in Chelsea

The girl is in serious condition after falling through the screen of a window of a Chelsea apartment building, authorities said.

Bridgewater State investigating alleged rape on campus

The university said it had alerted police to a reported rape but did not know the names of the alleged victim or suspect.

//[1].jpg MBTA fiscal panel releases bleak report

The report is a bleak assessment of the T, summarizing the board?s findings since it first began meeting in July.

// Police search for suspects after shooting on Huntington Avenue

A man was shot in broad daylight, startling students and business owners in the bustling neighborhood.

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For loyal VW owners, a sense of kinship dented

For the uncommonly loyal owners, the news about pollution testing has prompted more than practical concerns about resale values.

Sep 13, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (55) sits on the ground after an injury to his left lower leg in the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 19-13. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports


Patriots enemies mysteriously meet with misfortune

Those who helped propagate the Deflategate debacle (and even the Spygate scandal) seem to be paying for it now.

Man?s reaction to sunfish is perfect Boston

Michael Bergin saw a strange creature swimming in Boston Harbor, and his reaction and words have gone viral.

Bella Bond



There are thousands of Bella Bonds out there

As Bella?s story has become front-page news, many other cases of abuse and neglect remain invisible to us.

Carly Fiorina has a mixed record as a corporate executive.


Carly Fiorina is corporate culture incarnate

Workers who staff the cubicles of corporate America are likely to have an ambivalent attitude toward Carly Fiorina, despite her business-world credentials.

Skier Joss Christensen (left) and snowboarders Sage Kotsenburg and Ty Walker joined organizers to officially announce a big air event to be held in February.

Big Air event will push Fenway Park to the extreme

The ramp for the skiing and snowboarding event will be higher than the light fixtures atop the Green Monster.

Pan-roasted local fluke is an allergy-friendly entree at Sycamore.

People with food allergies do dine out, and restaurants are adapting

Chefs are creating dishes and shaping menus in response to diners? allergies, insensitivities, and intolerances.

Peter Mulvey

Former subway performer returns for 12-hour show

Peter Mulvey played in MBTA stations in the 1990s and will perform in Cambridge on Sunday.


Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci look to expand their roles

Bergeron would like to score more, while Krejci wants more time on the penalty kill.


// The trouble with having kids when you?re older

I?ve spent years toggling, at times frantically, between caring for young children and supporting aging parents.

Opinion & Ideas


// An intolerable outrage in Afghanistan

We should push Afghanistan harder to crack down on militia commanders and police officers who sexually abuse children.

Ground Game

// How the debates ruined Walker and Perry

It is important to note that debates create the incentive for candidates to spend less time campaigning in early states.

The Big Picture

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The big picture


A collection of images of creatures recently captured by photographers all over the world.


// Digital counter keeps tracks of who?s in, out

GuysVsGals, a new mobile app, allows venues to keep a running tally of the number of people inside ? including a breakdown in gender ? by tapping a ?plus? and ?minus? sign.


Presidential Campaigns

// Former US envoys to the Vatican endorse Jeb Bush

Bush, who converted to Catholicism 20 years ago, is generally seen as an ally of the Church on issues such as euthanasia and abortion.


Love Letters

Confusion after a ?sexcapade?

After a ménage à trois, she found that her husband was still in contact with the woman. Now, she feels like she?s opened pandora?s box.