December 8, 2016

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

I. Introduction A. On May 10th, 1846, Archbishop Samuel Eccleston, the 5th Archbishop of Baltimore, gathered with twenty-two bishops of the United States here at this Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady. Together they celebrated the opening Mass of the 6th Provincial Council of Baltimore, one in a series of 19th century councils that...
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On Gotcha Day the main course is storytelling

Our 9-year-old could have picked anything for the menu for his “Gotcha Day,” the anniversary of the day we met. When he chose Chinese food, I wasn’t surprised. Chinese food is what we eat when we celebrate our family.But the main course was storytelling.As our sons devoured dumplings and bowls
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Vatican updates guidelines for educating priests

The Catholic Church needs holy, healthy and humble priests and that requires prayers for vocations and the careful selection and training of candidates, said the Congregation for Clergy.
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Memorial Mass for Helen Marikle Passano

Helen also manifested her own spirit of hope by giving hope to so many through her many philanthropic deeds.
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Movie Review: ‘Loving’

“Loving” (Focus), the fact-based story behind a landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision, is so restrained and decorous, that it nearly obscures the historical significance of the events it recounts.
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Mary shows what good comes from wholehearted ‘yes’ to God, pope says

Mary’s total “yes” to God was “the most important ‘yes’ of history” and overturned Adam and Eve’s prideful “no,” the pope said.
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