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Class of 2020 known for adapting to ever-changing landscape Father Val Peter, Boys Town's leader for 20 years, dies Monsignor Ratzinger, retired pope's brother, dies at 96

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Sister Maryla Farfour, I.H.M., taught at St. Agnes School

Sister Maryla Farfour, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, died June 20 in Scranton, Pa. She was 96.
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Sister Aletta Dorothy Donahue, O.S.F., taught in Baltimore Archdiocese

Sister Aletta Dorothy Donahue, who taught at three schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, died June 11 at Assisi House in Aston, Pa. She was 97.
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Sister Anne Dorice DeFebbo, O.S.F., taught nursing in Towson

Sister Anne Dorice DeFebbo, a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 48 years who taught nursing in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, died May 18, a few days before her 73rd birthday, at Assisi House in Aston, Pa.
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Class of 2020 known for adapting to ever-changing landscape

As most graduates will attest, the Class of 2020 will be known for its adaptability during a coronavirus pandemic.
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Sister Carmen Marie D’Adamio, S.S.N.D., served schools from Annapolis to Hagerstown to Towson

School Sister of Notre Dame Carmen Marie D’Adamio, a Baltimore native who helped lead Catholic schools in Annapolis, Catonsville and Hagerstown, died March 22. She was 77.
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IND alumnae have plenty of memories to cherish

From freshmen being paired with a “big sister” in the junior class to “The Big Game,” the Institute of Notre Dame established dozens of traditions during its 173 years as a Baltimore landmark.
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Charity in Truth

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For a parish church to be a place of prayer, there have to be times of silence. For a domestic church to be a place of prayer and formation, there also needs to be periods of silence.
Never again will a young woman have the opportunity to have a high school experience like mine, writes guest columnist Maura McCarthy.

Open Window

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We kicked off summer by ordering a badminton set, and it arrived this week. Our boys are quickly mastering the sport and surpassing me in skill.

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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Is there sex in heaven? How can one find forgiveness? Question Corner has answers.

Word on Fire

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So Catholics, don’t get discouraged. Rather, use this time of deprivation and abstention to awaken a deeper love for the Church in its Eucharistic, symbiotic, and incarnational distinctiveness.

The Domestic Church

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Uncertainty can be scary. But just because the future is unclear doesn’t mean that what lies ahead is terrible.

Guest Commentary

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There’s a phrase in Juvenal’s "Satires" that might be translated as "Who will guard the guardians?" That’s the right question to ask for both police racism and clergy abuse.

The Narthex

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Father Hull was an immense storehouse of knowledge and sharp as a tack even as he pushed 100.

Dust and Dewfall

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May our eucharistic Jesus give us that renewed life, and powerfully change and transform us from the inside out.

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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If inner-city and other low- and middle-income Catholic schools are emptied because of unbearable financial pressures on parents, there will be multiple victims.

Behind the Headlines

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As we mark the centenary of the birth of Karol Wojtyla, who became St. John Paul II, it caused me to reflect on moments of my life that intersected with the man who was pope for a great chunk of my life and career in Catholic journalism.

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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Think about the ways you are like your father, whether he is here or in heaven. Consider the good parts you’ve inherited, the ones ingrained in your genes.

Wit & Wisdom

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Over the centuries, we humans have survived plagues and famines and natural disasters. I don’t pretend to know why God allows them, but I do know that as a human race we survive them.


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Our visit to St. Anthony lifted me in ways only the Holy Spirit can.

Diamonds in the Rough

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Rather than connecting some pop culture offering of this moment, I want to promote The Chosen because I want to promote Jesus and discipleship.

World News

Indiana priest suspended after derogatory remarks about protesters

The bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana, has suspended a priest from public ministry after the pastor referred to Black Lives Matters protesters as "maggots and parasites" in a Sunday bulletin.
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Father Val Peter, Boys Town’s leader for 20 years, dies

Father Val Peter, who was executive director of Boys Town from 1985 to 2005, died June 30 at age 85. No cause of death was given.
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Monsignor Ratzinger, retired pope’s brother, dies at 96

Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, a musician and retired Pope Benedict XVI's elder brother, died July 1 at the age of 96.
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Christians called to intercede for, not condemn, others, pope says

True believers do not condemn people for their sins or shortcomings but intercede on their behalf with God through prayer, Pope Francis said.
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Pope names Highlandtown Redemptorist as new auxiliary bishop for Baltimore

Pope Francis named Redemptorist Father Bruce A. Lewandowski as a new auxiliary bishop of Baltimore. The announcement was publicized June 10 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
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Baltimore faith leaders call for peace and unity

Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori joined faith leaders from across the city June 3 to pray for peace and healing after more than a week of nationwide protests and unrest in response to the death of George Floyd at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers.
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