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Names & Numbers: Schools embrace environment; ‘Men in Black’ winners on basketball court

The latest installment of Names and Numbers features schools embracing to the environment, honors for a Baltimore hospital leader, musicians from a local high school and more.
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Liturgical music inspires people’s imagination, composer says

Music “touches the heart” and brings another dimension to what people might hear in the homily, Father Manalo said.
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Sister Joseph of St. Margaret Mary Grenon, L.S.P., dies at 76

A funeral Mass was offered June 22 for Little Sister of the Poor Joseph of St. Margaret Mary Grenon at St. Martin’s Home for the Aged in Catonsville, where Sister Joseph served for nearly 14 years, at St. Martin’s. She died June 17 at 76.
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Bishop Madden to lead Baltimore prayer walk for peace July 17

Bishop Denis J. Madden, urban vicar and auxiliary bishop emeritus of Baltimore, will lead a prayer walk for peace July 17 in Park Heights.
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‘Homeless Jesus’ finds a permanent haven in Baltimore parish

Versions of the sculpture have found homes across the globe and, now, in an urban park where people experiencing homelessness find refuge.
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Prayers, then applause from mission to Haiti during return to Baltimore

The group’s originally scheduled flight home July 7 was canceled after sometimes-violent protests in Haiti.
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Blogs & Commentary

Charity in Truth

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Sports are a bridge to new experiences, to unfamiliar faces, and can unite young people to each other in a unique and powerful way.
We cannot simply say, “Have a nice day,” to someone who is clinically depressed, and expect that to change his or her situation. But we can learn to identify warning signs (see box) and get help for those who are hurting.

Open Window

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Nothing is more fun than taking a vacation week at the beach. But I can’t believe how tired I still am from a vacation that ended a week ago.

Faces of Faith

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Seán Bray, director of campus ministry at Loyola University Maryland, is well-known on campus for accompanying students on their faith journeys. A Seattle native, he draws on his experiences on immersion trips to inspire students.

Question Corner

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Father Doyle fields questions about the pope's security detail and receiving Communion in Protestant churches.

Word on Fire

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Bishop Barron wonders whether video might be a better means of communication than texts for U.S. bishops.

The Domestic Church

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Maybe, I find myself realizing, we all long to understand time better so we can know how to make better use of it.

Boots Laced

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We can’t just say, “we love the young church.” We have to name them. Jazmine, Michael, Shantay, Jose and all those other young people in your church require adults who can call them by name.

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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Join Father Poston and his dog, Otto, on an "Otto Grotto Rosary Walk" in Emmitsburg.

Baltimore Boomer

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It’s been three weeks since a man with a grudge and a rifle shot down the doorway to the Annapolis Capital and murdered five of its employees, among them two colleagues. Every one of those 21 days has been required to process the mysteries of life and what can only be described as survivor’s guilt.

The Catholic Difference

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The vacation season is an opportunity to escape TwitterWorld and do some serious reading. These books will help make your summer enjoyable, instructive, or both.

Behind the Headlines

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“Thoughts and prayers” are an appropriate, initial, compassionate response to any tragedy, including the death of innocents at a concert, church or school. But a solution requires action. And the time for action is now. 

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 day after Nick left us, I was sobbing uncontrollably, pacing the floor alone in my living room, when my husband was out. I screamed at God, saying, “How could you take my son? My son!! Why did you take him from me???!!!”

Wit & Wisdom

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Our culture is hard on faith. In the name of freedom of choice, we are arguably becoming one of the least free societies.

Unconditional

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I turn 35 tomorrow and have been thinking about how I want to live in this new phase of my life. There are two philosophies that people use as guidelines for making decisions about their life’s experiences. I am posing a third.

A More Human Society

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Richard Doerflinger finds rich ironies in the Supreme Court's wedding cake ruling.

Snippets of FAith

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At times, we question why God places us with certain people: how did he pick that cabbage-head boyfriend, or that annoying neighbor who constantly causes drama along the street?

Our Back Pages

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The era of “blue laws” restricted most business operations on Sunday. In the city, that meant Major League Baseball and National Football League games could not start before 2:05 p.m.

For the Journey

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As the rhetoric heats up, people who work at the White House are being kicked out of restaurants. Entertainers make lewd jokes and hurl obscenities at the president. What's happening to us?

World News

Movie Review: ‘Skyscraper’

Way back in 1958, James Stewart's character struggled with vertigo in the Alfred Hitchcock movie of the same name. But he had it easy compared to Dwayne Johnson's ex-U.S. military security expert Will Sawyer in "Skyscraper"
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Spanish church leaders criticize government plans on religion in schools

Spain's Catholic Church has voiced "deep concern" over plans by the new government to curb religious teaching and re-examine past accords with the Vatican.
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Nicaraguan bishops to pray for exorcism as violence continues

Churches and clergy in Nicaragua have come under attack for trying to protect populations protesting authoritarian rule.
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Videos

Faith is lived with joyous gratitude, not slavelike duty, pope says

God always loves and generously gives first before asking for fidelity to his commandments -- which are the words of a loving father showing people the right way to live, Pope Francis said.
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Ghana’s Cardinal Turkson appreciates significance of Baltimore 

Cardinal Turkson is considered by some to be a potential successor to Pope Francis, and his visit attracted faithful from across Charm City to the basilica.
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U.S. officials return stolen Columbus letter back to Vatican Library

With the help of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a 15th-century copy of a letter Christopher Columbus sent to his royal patrons describing the riches of the New World has been returned to its rightful owner -- the Vatican.
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