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Sunday has lost its sense as day of rest, renewal in Christ, pope says

Sunday Mass is the time and place Christians receive the grace and strength to remain faithful to God's word.
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Outreach fueled by faith

Several years after Brian Gracie began raising funds to support the Franciscan Center’s emergency assistance programs for impoverished people in Baltimore, a member of his own family found himself in need of those very services.
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Pope: Guadalupe feast shows Mary’s closeness to those on margins

Processing into the basilica dressed in white, the symbol of purity, Pope Francis made his way to a replica of St. Juan Diego's tilma, which bears the image of Mary, who appeared to the indigenous saint in 1531.
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Washington Archdiocese considers next step in lawsuit over transit ad

The Archdiocese of Washington was weighing its options after a federal judge denied a request for an emergency injunction over the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's advertising guidelines.
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Archbishop Lori presides at archdiocesan celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Close to 500 people weathered a steady snowfall the evening of Dec. 9 to participate in the archdiocesan celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. John Church.
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Beloved former Cumberland and Ellicott City pastor dies at 78

“He was so well-loved in all the parishes he served,” said Father Michael Roach, longtime friend of Monsignor James McGovern. “I’ve never known his equal.”
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Coffee & Doughnuts with Sister Helen Amos

The Catholic Review catches up with Mercy Sister Helen Amos, executive chairwoman of the board of trustees at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore.
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‘Crowning jewel’ of national shrine — Trinity Dome Mosaic — dedicated

The overflowing congregation at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception hardly needed reminding to raise their "eyes to the heavens" during a dedication of the Trinity Dome Mosaic Dec. 8.
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Pope asks Mary’s help in fighting viruses of fear, indifference

The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception teaches that Mary was conceived and born without original sin. The pope defined the day as "full of grace."
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Bishop lays out detailed policies for ‘morally acceptable’ tax reform

The letter called for a reversal of the bill's plan to gradually increase taxes on taxpayers in the lowest income brackets while maintaining tax cuts for higher earners, including the most wealthy.
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Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is a holy day of obligation

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which celebrates the dogma that Mary was preserved from original sin from the moment of her conception, will be celebrated Dec. 8.
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Marian House brings ‘new life’ to former parish school at Blessed Sacrament

The permanent family housing has transformed the former parish school at Blessed Sacrament, two miles north of St. Ann Parish.
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