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Archbishop Lori offers prayers at Hogan’s inauguration

Delivering the invocation at Gov. Lawrence Hogan Jr.'s second gubernatorial inauguration Jan. 16, Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori asked God to bless Gov. Hogan and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford with wisdom, courage and love.
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Archbishop Lori holds news briefing on clergy abuse crisis

Archbishop William E. Lori and Bishop Adam Parker held a Jan. 15 news briefing at the Catholic Center to discuss the Archdiocese of Baltimore's ongoing response to the clergy abuse crisis.
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Successor to St. John Vianney speaks of saint’s devotion to mercy

During a Jan. 11 presentation at the Baltimore Basilica, the successor of St. John Vianney as the Curé of Ars in France described St. John Vianney's commitment to the mercy of God.
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New report highlights archdiocese’s response to child sexual abuse

The Independent Review Board that assists the Archdiocese of Baltimore with child protection efforts issued the first of what will be annual reports regarding the archdiocese’s response to child sexual abuse within the church.
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Review board develops policy on allegations against bishops

At the requests of the bishops of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Independent Review Board, which assists the archdiocese with child protection efforts, created a Bishop Reporting Initiative to ensure proper reporting of allegations against bishops, believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.
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Archdiocese passes child protection audit for 2018

The Archdiocese of Baltimore “has been found compliant with all audited Articles of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People for the 2017-18 audit period,” according to a letter to Archbishop William E. Lori from StoneBridge Business Partners, which conducts the audits on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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Blogs & Commentary

Charity in Truth

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We have every reason to celebrate both the immeasurable and measurable impact of our faith over this past year through the many and varied ministries of our Church, including the outreach and support provided to nearly 12,000 immigrant families and individuals at the Esperanza Center; the more than 230,000 meals served by Our Daily Bread;...
Catholic institutions in East Baltimore are working to help address the systemic problems that lead to poverty and homelessness.

Open Window

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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 about the Blessed Virgin Mary's virginity and offering Mass for non-Catholics.

Word on Fire

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I told my young Jesuit conversation partners that they ought to follow the prompt of our Jesuit pope and go not just to the economic margins but to the “existential margins”—that is to say, to those who have lost the faith, lost any contact with God, who have not heard the Good News.

The Domestic Church

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We step into the New Year with faith that each of us can help make the world a little better.

Our Back Pages

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Good Samaritan Hospital came into existence thanks to the generosity of Thomas J. O’Neill, a merchant who famously asked Carmelite nuns to pray that his store be spared during the Great Baltimore fire of February 1904.

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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As I was preparing my Christmas homily for my parishes of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Thurmont and St. Anthony Shrine in Emmitsburg, I was praying and reflecting on what to preach about, and a recent memory came to mind. As many of you who have read this blog before know very well (as...

Baltimore Boomer

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Amid the many influential coaches managing editor Paul McMullen encountered or worked with, Renee Buettner was a favorite.

The Catholic Difference

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We must all intensify prayer and penance. We should all be inviting to church those who have left out of boredom, anger, confusion, or disgust.

Behind the Headlines

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A lot of the typical resolutions have more to do with our exterior than our interior. I’d like to suggest a few resolutions that might improve your spirit and your mind.

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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Learning to speak and write clearly is essential to success in all the disciplines that young people are flocking to these days.

Wit & Wisdom

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Christmas is a chance again to discover who we are. God came into the world in the form of a baby because God always comes into the world that way.

Unconditional

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Every year, during our back-to-school liturgies, I scan the pews and say a prayer of gratitude and a petition for a successful school year for each of my colleagues. This year my task was more difficult because as I scanned the congregation, I was forced to recognize that one of us wasn’t there and never...

A More Human Society

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Our medical system has been giving up on far too many of these patients, prematurely ensuring their deaths based on faulty diagnoses and self-fulfilling hopeless predictions.

World News

USCCB education secretary is used to thinking outside the box

Mary Pat Donoghue, the new education secretary at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, knows that Catholic schools have to be creative not just to compete, but sometimes to survive.
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Idea of having women deacons ‘about ministry,’ not ‘power,’ says speaker

Ordaining women to the permanent diaconate now, when the church is "crying for ministry," is a logical way to fulfill its obligation to bring the Gospel to all people, according to panelists at a Jan 15 event at Jesuit-run Fordham University in New York.
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Cardinal Wuerl acknowledges he knew of one accusation against predecessor

In a second letter issued in mid-January about what he knew and didn't regarding abuse allegations involving his predecessor, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, Washington's retired archbishop, apologized Jan. 15 for what he called a "lapse of memory," clarifying that he knew of at least one abuse allegation against former U.S. Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, but...
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Videos

Archbishop Lori holds news briefing on clergy abuse crisis

Archbishop William E. Lori and Bishop Adam Parker held a Jan. 15 news briefing at the Catholic Center to discuss the Archdiocese of Baltimore's ongoing response to the clergy abuse crisis.
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Prayer involves recognizing self as God’s beloved child, pope says

Christians are not better than other people, but they do know that God is their father and they are called "to reflect a ray of his goodness in this world thirsting for goodness, waiting for good news," Pope Francis said.
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Pope: God’s Christmas wish isn’t buying-frenzy, feast, but gift of self

Christmas will not be authentic if people get caught up in a frenzy of shopping, presents and meals, all while ignoring the poor and forgetting who the celebration is really all about, Pope Francis said.
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