Boston cardinal boycotts Boston College graduation

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An attempt by politicians in Ireland to alter their country's ban on abortion reached Massachusetts on Monday when Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny gave an address to graduates at Boston College, a Catholic university.

Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley has said he will not attend the graduation ceremony, as is customary, to protest the school's refusal to disinvite Kenny, who is leading an attempt to amend Ireland's ban on abortion.

Kenny is to deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary degree from Boston College, which is run by the Jesuit order of the Catholic Church, the same religious order to which Pope Francis belongs.

The pope supports the Irish bishops who oppose Kenny's attempt to amend the Irish constitution to allow abortion for pregnant women when two doctors agree their lives are at risk.

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