September 14, 2018

A visit to the Basilica, a message in a pancake, the joy of a soccer-less autumn, and more (7 Quick Takes)

Getting to daily Mass isn’t even a goal most of the time, but yesterday I managed to slip downtown to the Baltimore Basilica for Mass, and it was just what I needed.
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Esperanza Center temporarily closed due to neighboring fire

Esperanza Center, a Catholic Charities outreach located on South Broadway in Fells Point, is temporarily closed due to a four-alarm fire Sept. 7 in the neighboring Budeke’s Paints building. It will remain closed until repairs are made and the building is safe.
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Sister Joanne Frey, M.H.S.H., dies at almost 100

Mission Helper of the Sacred Heart Sister Joanne Frey – whose ministries took her from Texas, where she was a catechist to the children of migrant workers, to Washington, D.C., where she taught religious education to Caroline Kennedy – died Aug. 27.
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Baltimore City to pay a portion of pro-life pregnancy center’s legal fees

The City of Baltimore will pay $1.1 million to cover some of the legal fees incurred by the Center for Pregnancy Concerns after the center won a protracted legal battle over a city law requiring pro-life pregnancy centers to post signs stating they do not provide or refer for abortions or contraceptives.
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Kurtz: U.S. society ‘much richer’ when church, government work together

The chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee for Religious Liberty told a Washington audience Sept. 12 he is concerned about a "steady movement" in the U.S. away from religious institutions and an erosion in the view that religious liberty must be valued.
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Movie Review – ‘Unbroken: Path to Redemption’

Overall, Cronk's sequel, written by Richard Friedenberg and Ken Hixon, is both appealing in its promotion of faith and forgiveness and suitable for a wide audience.
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