Archbishop William E. Lori joined his brother bishops from the Archdiocese of Baltimore and neighboring dioceses in a nearly three-hour meeting with Pope Francis in Rome Dec. 3. 
Archbishop Lori shared with the Holy Father the diversity of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, describing its strengths and needs. He also received the pope’s blessing on the new Mother Mary Lange Catholic School that is being built in Baltimore City. 
“We have a shepherd in Pope Francis who wants to know us and who certainly loves us and certainly cares about us,” Archbishop Lori said.
Watch the accompanying video message for a report from Archbishop Lori about his discussions with the pope and the presentation of special gifts from the people of the Archdiocese of Baltimore to the Holy Father.
For news coverage of the meetings in Rome and the presentation of Baltimore gifts to the Holy Father, click here
A Season of Waiting and Preparing

Advent begins Dec. 1

Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of the Lord at Christmas, in our everyday lives and at his Second Coming. Learn more about Advent, find special events, parish listings, videos, resources, news, commentary and more on our Advent page.


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Observation of Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception will be Dec. 9

Catholics are encouraged but not obligated to attend Mass Dec. 9 in honor of the observed solemnity. As always, Mass attendance on Sunday is obligated.
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Pope Francis speaks during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Dec. 4, 2019.

Rise in populism due to lack of listening, dialogue, pope says

Ignoring the reality lived by men and women today has caused a resurgence of old ideologies, such as populism, that inevitably do more harm than good, Pope Francis said.
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Luke Goodrich, an attorney who represents the Little Sisters of the Poor in their lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over the contraceptive mandate, has written a book, "Free To Believe," about the importance of religious liberty.

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NCYC continues to inspire young Abingdon parishioner

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Immigrants find help making way in classroom, society

Two millennia after Mary and Joseph crossed a border and encountered closed doors, agencies and parishes across the Archdiocese of Baltimore heed the Gospel call to welcome the stranger.
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Repentance,  Reform and  Renewal

Archbishop William E. Lori addresses the crisis of abuse in the Catholic Church.



Archbishop William E. Lori recently joined local members of the Knights of Columbus in distributing 1,000 new winter coats to Baltimore children in need.

Children from Loyola Early Learning Center, Ss. James and John Catholic School, Archbishop Borders School, and Our Lady of Victory Catholic School were among those visiting St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Baltimore to receive a new winter coat. The remaining coats will be sent to St. Agnes School, Catholic Charities of Baltimore and St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in West Baltimore for distribution to children in need.

The new coats were donated by the Knights of Columbus as part of the Coats for Kids program.


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What’s the best way to get Catholics to support their parish? According to Father Michael While and Tom Corcoran of Church of the Nativity in Timonium, parish leaders need to help parishioners see their donations as an investment in ministry that has an impact on people’s lives. They want to know that their contribution makes a difference. 

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Featured Homily

Priests and deacons throughout the Archdiocese of Baltimore provide wonderful spiritual insights through their homilies and reflections.

This week, we feature Father Dale Picarella, pastor of St. Patrick, Havre de Grace.

Listen below, and click here to listen to other homilists and podcasts in the archdiocese.


Walk with us as we explore death and the feelings of loss by those of us left behind


A production of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, “How We Grieve” interviews Christians about their experiences of grief and loss. Hosted by Edward Herrera, HWG asks questions that are helpful to those experiencing loss and friends and family who want to comfort them.

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“Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.'”


Legacy Continues

New Catholic school on track for Baltimore

On Oct. 23, Archbishop William E. Lori broke ground on Mother Mary Lange Catholic School, the first Catholic elementary school to be built in the city in 60 years! 

Inspiring service

Mary Hoban

Name a parish job and Hoban’s done it. She’s been on the finance committee and pastoral council. She’s been a religious education teacher and a lector.

“Mary is a go-getter. I know when I give her something to do, she gets it done and that has been essential to getting more parishioners involved in our ministries,” said Father John Williamson, pastor of the Catholic Community of Ascension and St. Augustine.

After years of being a tireless church volunteer at Ascension, Hoban recently became director of volunteers at Ascension and St. Augustine, helping others connect to the church as she has. She believes service doesn’t just help the church, it helps the volunteer.

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St. Agnes doctor carries healing legacy of religious sisters

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Garrett County parishioners maintain strong faith, serve others

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We are called to be a light brightly visible, not to proclaim ourselves but to proclaim Christ Jesus as Lord.”
– Archbishop William E. Lori 

Archbishop William E. Lori offers his homily during the opening Mass of the 136th Supreme Convention of the Knight of Columbus at the Baltimore Convention Center August 7. (Kevin J. Parks/CR Staff)

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