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Stations of the Cross: Jesus’ passion takes on particular resonance in time of crisis

The Archdiocese of Baltimore is home to many beautiful Stations of the Cross that tell the story of Christ's Passion in compelling ways.
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Spiritual communion helps connect Catholics to Christ

“It’s a sincere prayer saying that you believe that Jesus is present in the holy sacrament,” Father Poston explained, “and you desire to receive him and love him. But since you can’t, you invite Jesus to come into your heart and soul and be with you.”
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Why must churches close and other coronavirus questions answered

The Archdiocese of Baltimore provides this list to answer some of the common questions regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
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Hospital CEO conducts virtual meeting with Baltimore priests on coronavirus

Speaking to more than 50 priests of the Archdiocese of Baltimore during a March 31 online presentation, Smyth pointed out that most COVID-19 patients exhibit no symptoms in the first two to five days after they are infected. That’s when the risk of spreading the virus is greatest, he said.
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Pastors plan different ways to celebrate Holy Week in time of coronavirus

Pastors around the Archdiocese of Baltimore are adapting to celebrating Mass without the presence of the faithful, but several admit that Holy Week this year will be very different as they adjust to continued restrictions in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Archdiocese Advises all Parishes to Close Churches Until Further Notice

Following today’s Executive Order by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Archbishop William E. Lori instructed that all parish churches be closed until further notice.
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Blogs & Commentary

Charity in Truth

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So often in Scripture Jesus says to his followers and to us, “Be not afraid.” He’s not asking us to ignore our problems or neglect our loved ones or deny our feelings. He is inviting us to rise above our feelings of fear, to encounter the greatness and glory of God, and in a spirit...
We can find solace in knowing that holy people such as St. Isaac Jogues have also been separated from reception of the Blessed Sacrament. Maybe we can find courage and perseverance in their example.

Faces of Faith

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“You know that actions speak louder than words. And people can be a testimony to their faith just by what they do and not by what they say,” Hoban said.

Question Corner

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Father Doyle fields questions on the Church's stance on organ donation and endorsing candidates.

Word on Fire

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Anthony Hopkins portrays retired Pope Benedict XVI and Jonathan Pryce portrays Pope Francis in a scene from the movie "The Two Popes."
I would have been happy to watch four hours of a film that was as honest and insightful about Joseph Ratzinger as it was about Jorge Mario Bergoglio.

The Domestic Church

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Small acts of kindness show how connected we are – and can be – in a world that sometimes feels so focused on individual happiness.

Guest Commentary

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Grief is an unwelcome but inevitable presence in our lives.  And we will live through it.

The Narthex

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“We all cried big, floppy tears and sang with broken voices to try and tell him how much he was adored,” Jordan Tippett said.

Dust and Dewfall

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Let us “start strong” and “show God” to the world and those around us, and give a demonstration of the unseen by being Christlike in our lives and in our love.

Baltimore Boomer

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Two years after quadruple bypass heart surgery, appreciation for caregivers grows, but still begins in the home.

The Catholic Difference

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At the end, that is the deepest impression her letters leave: here is a woman of extraordinary courage whose configuration of her life to the Cross was a source of both personal strength and literary genius.

Behind the Headlines

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We don’t stop celebrating his birth just because the stores take down decorations and end the sales. We find the light in the manger and we trek to the Lord with all who seek him.

Our Back Pages

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This year will mark Monsignor Burke's 40th Christmas at St. Francis of Assisi in Baltimore. He’ll celebrate the 5 p.m. Mass on Christmas Eve, and the 11:30 a.m. Mass on Christmas Day.

Snippets of FAith

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Suzanna Molino Singleton finds inspiration in the man who championed outreach to Haiti in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Wit & Wisdom

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When we believe that we are made of the “stuff” of God, then we have the power to co-create our world again in God’s likeness. Our time is limited. Our love is not. 


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So many Americans believe that only the elderly and the immunocompromised are capable of contracting and becoming gravely ill from Covid-19.  I, too, believed I was invincible until I saw a social media post written by a high school classmate, Tiffany Vega-Gibson.

Diamonds in the Rough

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God is not a genie; but he is intimately fond of us. He would do anything for you – not because he is our slave, but because he is nothing but love.

World News

St. John Paul showed how to face suffering by embracing God, Mary

Remembering St. John Paul II and the 15th anniversary of his death, Pope Francis encouraged people to pray for his intercession and trust in Divine Mercy, especially during these "difficult days" of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Vatican approves special ‘Mass in the Time of Pandemic’

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments has approved a special "Mass in the Time of Pandemic" to plead for God's mercy and gift of strength in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Archbishop Blair advises cellphones cannot be used to administer sacraments

Administering the sacrament of reconciliation via cellphone is impermissible under church teaching, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Divine Worship.
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Catholic Baltimore Radio

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Stay firm in faith, seek St. Joseph’s intercession, pope says

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the daily lives and routines of millions of people have been turned upside down, Pope Francis said, but they must help each other stay firm in faith.
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Archbishop Lori leads Mass in ‘extraordinary times’ for coronavirus

If all the people watching the livestream of the 11 a.m. Mass March 15 at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Homeland had been in the cathedral itself, it would have been filled to capacity.
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Vatican closes museums, beefs up measures to stop virus spread

The Vatican has instituted new measures and closures to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
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