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Pastorate planning focuses on mission priorities

Over the past 18 months, nine pilot pastorates and eight Phase IA pastorates have taken Archbishop Lori’s pastoral letter and Pope Francis’ words in “Evangelii Gaudium” (“The Joy of the Gospel”) to heart, considering what it means to be a pastorate that is “suitably channeled for the evangelization of today’s world rather than for her...
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Calvert Hall, Curley claim MIAA lacrosse titles with dominant performances 

Calvert Hall became the first lacrosse program to win three straight A Conference championships since the early 1950s with its 17-5 defeat of St. Mary's.
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Garrett County parishioners maintain strong faith, serve others

Jean and Bill Schrider are active parishioners at Western Maryland's St. Peter the Apostle in Oakland who volunteer in hospice ministry.
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Archdiocese, Review Board release 2018 reports on child and youth protection

More than 30,000 adults and 39,000 children received safe environment training in the 2018 fiscal year, according to the annual child protection report from the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
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Sister Jane Marie Otterson, D.C., served parishes, outreaches in Baltimore Archdiocese

A funeral Mass was offered May 4 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg for Sister Jane Marie Otterson, D.C., who gave 71 years to her vocation as a Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. Sister Jane Marie died April 29, at age 93.
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Sister Sheila O’Friel, D.C., served in Emmitsburg

A funeral Mass was offered May 4 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg for Sister Sheila O’Friel, a Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul for 65 years.
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Blogs & Commentary

Charity in Truth

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Invaluable to the Christian life is a warm and loving devotion to Mary, the Mother of God.
The Trash Bashers of St. Mary of the Assumption in Govans take pride in their attempts to beautify York Road.

Open Window

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If you run the race you were meant to run, if you do it with heart and conviction and joy, you will discover you don’t need the winner’s circle. Because you will already have won.

Coffee & Doughnuts

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The Catholic Review catches up with Mercy Sister Helen Amos, executive chairwoman of the board of trustees at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore.

Question Corner

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Father Doyle fields questions on confirmation for people with developmental disabilities and the significance of the number of fish caught by the apostles after they were commanded to cast their nets into the deep.

Word on Fire

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Catholics should, of course, rise up in strenuous protest against this very aggressive incursion—but so should anyone who cares about the freedom of religion in our society.

The Domestic Church

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When you’re talking to your mother, she understands. And you can always just pick right up where you left off later. 

Our Back Pages

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Gym Meet traditions include Mary Bartel, chairwoman of the Physical Education/Health Department, serving as faculty moderator for nearly 30 years.

The Narthex

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The Polish priest told the Review that the wood strips in the windows separating the glass panes at Dachau seemed like crosses. Every time he looked out a window, he was reminded of the sign of redemption.

Dust and Dewfall

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No matter how many times we may fall or mess up, Jesus is always right there to patiently lift us up, encourage us and give us new strength with his grace and his mercy!

Baltimore Boomer

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Managing Editor Paul McMullen is in a stretch of work that’s reminded him why his hometown is also described as “Smalltimore.”

The Catholic Difference

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The Pope Emeritus did the Church a service by offering a diagnosis of the abuse crisis that should be taken seriously by anyone serious about healing the wounds inflicted on the Body of Christ by the abuse of Holy Orders for wicked, self-indulgent purposes.

Behind the Headlines

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I’ve visited the grand cathedral a few times since the late 1990s. It is an impressive place to visit and to pray.

Fertile Soil

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Modernity is not a constant movement towards progress. Instead the modern worldview has a gaping hole right in the middle of it.

Guest Commentary

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This summer, be intentional about bringing the generations in your family or neighborhood together.

Wit & Wisdom

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God never gives up on us. God didn’t create us out of curiosity. God created us out of love.

Unconditional

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From now on, I will try to look for the positive things that are happening around me before it’s too late.

A More Human Society

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In what Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls a "historic victory for New Yorkers," New York has passed what may be the nation's most extreme and irresponsible abortion law.

World News

People-to-people diplomacy suggested to ease U.S.-Iran tensions

Steps to open avenues for people-to-people diplomacy would go a long way to tamp down tensions between the United States and Iran, said a U.N. representative of Pax Christi International.
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California confession bill amended, but church leaders say it still targets priests

Church officials are urging Catholics to continue to oppose a California bill that would force priests to disclose information about child sexual abuse that they hear in the sacrament of confession.
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No more Sunday games for Detroit Catholic parish, school sports teams

As part of a new pastoral note encouraging Catholics in the Archdiocese of Detroit to keep Sunday as a day of holiness, rest and family togetherness, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron introduced a new policy requiring Catholic parishes and schools to stop scheduling athletic games and practices on Sundays.
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Videos

Not ruling on apparitions, pope allows pilgrimages to Medjugorje

Parishes and dioceses are now allowed to organize official pilgrimages to Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, but it must be clear that the Catholic Church has not recognized as authentic the alleged Marian apparitions there.
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Pope discusses deaconesses, need for nuns to be servants not ‘maids’

Pope Francis told the heads of women's religious orders from around the world they need to send sisters on assignments that truly serve the church and those in need, and not agree to requests for "maids."
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Pope issues new norms on mandatory abuse reporting, bishop accountability

Pope Francis has revised and clarified norms and procedures for holding bishops and religious superiors accountable in protecting minors as well as in protecting members of religious orders and seminarians from abuse.
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