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Archbishop Lori leads blessings of Baltimore’s downtown hospitals

Downtown Baltimore’s three major hospitals received Catholic blessings the morning of April 8.
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As churches stay closed, Archbishop Lori wants people to ‘celebrate many more Easters’

Archbishop William E. Lori said he wants nothing more than to open wide the doors to churches in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, but that the church has to recognize “the massive public health threat we are facing.”
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1918 flu pandemic took heavy toll

The death toll included at least two priests from the Archdiocese of Baltimore and two Religious Sisters of ­Mercy.
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Archdiocese provides financial relief to parishes and schools in wake of pandemic

The Archdiocese of Baltimore rolled out a financial relief package for parishes, schools and other organizations worth about $7 million to assist with costs during reaction to the coronavirus pandemic.
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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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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.

Open Window

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We’ve waited. We’ve watched. And the bird feeder has hung there, full of seeds no one was eating.

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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It is irresponsible to assert that we know enough about the virus to encourage, in good conscience, the sorts of decisions that could very well end up becoming matters of life and death.

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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Along comes a new opportunity to experience the Passion of Christ this Holy Week and Easter.

Our Back Pages

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The death toll included at least two priests from the Archdiocese of Baltimore and two Religious Sisters of ­Mercy.

Snippets of FAith

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Easter will not be cancelled, nor shall our hope that everything will be okay.

Wit & Wisdom

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There’s an old saying: “Life is fragile. Handle with prayer.” I’m blessed to be alive.

Unconditional

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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

Disappointed, but hopeful, thousands unable to join church this Easter

The disappointment of not being able to celebrate Easter Mass in churches across the country this year might be most strongly felt by the thousands who planned to join the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil.
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Supreme Court declines review of case involving Washington Archdiocese ad

The Archdiocese of Washington expressed disappointment that the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a federal appeals court ruling that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's prohibition of religious advertising did not violate the First Amendment.
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USCCB Administrative Committee cancels U.S. bishops’ June assembly

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has canceled the U.S. bishops' spring general assembly that was planned for June 10-12 in Detroit.
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Catholic Baltimore Radio

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Videos

Franciscans in Brazil use frevo music in video urging people to stay home

To the soundtrack of the official hymn of Recife's Galo da Madrugada, said to be the largest carnival block in the world, Franciscans from five convents in northeastern Brazil dance to a typical Brazilian rhythm known as the frevo with one request: "Fique em Casa" (Stay Home).
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Pope on Palm Sunday: Life, measured by love, is meant to serve others

With a small procession down the vast and empty central nave of St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis began the first of a series of Holy Week liturgies celebrated without the presence of the faithful from the general public.
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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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