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Bishop Madden to lead Baltimore prayer walk for peace June 27

Bishop Denis J. Madden, urban vicar and auxiliary bishop emeritus of Baltimore, will lead a prayer walk for peace June 27 at Transfiguration Catholic Community in Baltimore
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Names & Numbers: Jubilees, handwriting honors and more

The latest installment of Names & Numbers includes jubilees for religious men and women, national handwriting honors for a pair of elementary school students, and a major scholarship for a medical research standout.
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Historic cross on public property can stay, Supreme Court rules

In a 7-2 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of preserving a historic cross-shaped memorial in Bladensburg, Maryland saying the cross did not endorse religion.
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Three to be ordained to priesthood June 22

Archbishop William E. Lori will ordain Deacon Matthew J. DeFusco, Deacon Matthew T. Himes and Deacon Tyler G. Kline to the priesthood during a 10 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Homeland.
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More than 2,260 students graduate from Catholic high schools in Baltimore Archdiocese

More than 2,260 students graduated from Catholic High Schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore this year, with 98 percent of them heading to college in the fall. Learn more about this year’s graduations below and be sure to check back in the coming weeks for featured profiles of graduates. To view photos from select graduations,...
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Sister Marie Michelle Walsh, SSND, served as college dean

A funeral Mass was offered May 22 at Villa Assumpta in Baltimore for School Sister of Notre Dame Marie Michelle Walsh. A vowed member of the School Sisters for 71 years who spent nearly four decades as a professor and administrator at what is now Notre Dame of Maryland University, she died May 18, at...
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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.
No, my father wasn’t famous, but he was my dad. He passed away in 2003. And just like Kelly Conway said of her father, my siblings and I would say, “We knew he would have to leave us someday, but that day came too soon.” 

Open Window

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The butterfly bush that was my Mother’s Day gift has started to bloom! I’m looking forward to seeing the butterflies come from far and wide to visit.

Faces of Faith

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Jean and Bill Schrider are active parishioners at Western Maryland's St. Peter the Apostle in Oakland who volunteer in hospice ministry.

Question Corner

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Father Doyle answers queries about the Blessed Virgin Mary and the position of the Catholic Church against the use of the death penalty.

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.

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

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...

Snippets of FAith

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I am no longer in control of my children’s faith. I was then; it’s impossible now. I can pray about it – and I do. I ask God to pull them back into His arms. Touch them with His grace and mercy. Help them to see it’s the only way to joy.

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.


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A young super-speller tells his story.

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.

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.

World News

Fictional dialogue shows Catholic, Protestant beliefs on Eucharist

The major theme and strongest part of the book centers around the Eucharist and whether it is a symbol or the actual body of Christ.
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Movie Review: ‘Toy Story 4’

Deftly juggling humor, sentiment and even clever gothic material, director Josh Cooley and screenwriters Andrew Stanton and Stephany Folsom deliver a delightful addition to the animated franchise that has filled out sporadically since 1995.
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Jesuits at Indianapolis school, archbishop at odds over gay employee

The Archbishop of Indianapolis issued a decree June 21 against a Jesuit school that refused to dismiss a gay employee, saying that "with great sadness" the archdiocese no longer recognizes it as a Catholic institution.
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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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