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Black clergy, religious women soak up Baltimore history at joint conference

The gathering began with a Mass honoring jubilarians at Historic St. Francis Xavier, the first Black Catholic church in the United States.
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Audit firm, other financial controls announced for West Virginia diocese

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia, has selected a new external auditor as part of the progress that has been made since Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Michael J. Bransfield as head of the diocese in September 2018.
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Sister Dorothy Rachuba, SSND, taught in Baltimore Catholic schools for 60 years, dies at age 92  

Sister Dorothy first encountered the School Sisters of Notre Dame at Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Highlandtown.
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Highlandtown parish plans July 23 refugee-themed ‘Way of the Cross’

The pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus-Sagrado Corazón de Jesús wants to alleviate fear in the immigrant community.
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In retirement, Fullerton parishioner keeps an eye on the heavens

Jim O’Leary spent 44 years as a senior scientist at the Maryland Science Center.
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Sister Jordan Marie Goeke, OSF, served at St. Joseph Hospital

The Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia served for 11 years as assistant director of nursing services at St. Joseph Hospital.
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Blogs & Commentary

Charity in Truth

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Half-measures. Let’s be done with them, especially in this season when we continue to celebrate the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon his church.
Fifty years after men first walked on the moon, humans continue to seek something beyond us.

Open Window

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What a vacation it was. We went fishing and explored the area and ate ice cream every day and swam and played.

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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Regarding the feast of the Ascension, in most of the United States that celebration has been transferred to the following Sunday.

Word on Fire

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What is particularly sad to me is that the commentariat, especially in regard to religion, has become so polarized and ideologically driven that the most elementary distinctions aren’t made and the most broad-brush analyses are commonplace.

The Domestic Church

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As the first blossoms of spring transition into the vibrant greens of early summer, may we be open to the opportunities that lie ahead, recognizing that each of us can contribute to our family, our community, and our world in different ways at different moments.

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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If there’s one thread that runs throughout the selected homilies, it’s courage.

Dust and Dewfall

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One of more profound memories from my priesthood involved a visit a few years ago with an elderly man in the hospital who was dying.

Baltimore Boomer

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You have to live in a cave not to know a family or three who have lost a loved one to the opioid epidemic,  but for me, the violence infesting and dragging down Baltimore has never hit closer.

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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In 1969 he led the Diocese of Orlando, which included the launching pad for the historic Apollo 11 mission.

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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“The most important goal of a single Catholic man is to get his soul to heaven," Zuerlein says, "but the most important goal of a married Catholic man expands to getting not only his own soul to heaven, but also those of his wife and children. It’s almost as if, as a result of the...

Wit & Wisdom

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On any given day, we may not remember all the things that Jesus said and did. But we do know that God came to be with us. That’s what really matters.

Unconditional

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A young super-speller tells his story.

A More Human Society

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The Mass July 8 will mark the sixth anniversary of Pope Francis’s visit to the southern Italian island of Lampedusa.

World News

Bishop Brennan prepares to address issues in West Virginia

Bishop Mark E. Brennan, named by Pope Francis July 23 as the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, W.Va., acknowledged that he will face difficulties in his new post. The diocese encompasses the whole state of West Virginia, home to some of the poorest people in the country and an epicenter for the opioid...
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Bishop Brennan named to lead Wheeling-Charleston diocese

Pope Francis named Bishop Mark E. Brennan as bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, which encompasses the state of West Virginia. The July 23 announcement was publicized in Washington, D.C., by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States. He will become the ninth bishop of the diocese, which had been the Diocese of...
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Audit firm, other financial controls announced for West Virginia diocese

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia, has selected a new external auditor as part of the progress that has been made since Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Michael J. Bransfield as head of the diocese in September 2018.
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Videos

Bishops’ actions at spring meeting called a ‘work in progress’

The gathering of U.S. bishops June 11-13 in Baltimore was anything but business as usual.
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Bishops approve third-party reporting system; to be in place by May 31

A nationwide third-party system for receiving confidential reports of "certain complaints" against bishops took a step closer to being implemented during the spring general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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Cardinal DiNardo calls bishops to be trustworthy like Barnabas

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo focused on the feast of St. Barnabas in his homily June 11 during a Mass at the end of the first day of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' spring meeting.
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