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Buffalo sends seminarians to Baltimore

Following an extensive review process, the Diocese of Buffalo has selected St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore – the first Roman Catholic seminary in the United States – for the academic and spiritual formation program for its seminarians, beginning in fall 2020.
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Public Masses will begin again in Archdiocese of Baltimore, with restrictions

Some parishes in the Archdiocese of Baltimore will offer public Masses May 30-31, the feast of Pentecost, for the first time since mid-March, as the state of Maryland slowly reopens in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
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RADIO INTERVIEW: Scott Hahn discusses death and resurrection of the body

In the May 24 episode of "Catholic Baltimore," Father Brian Nolan speaks with Dr. Scott Hahn, a Catholic theologian and bestselling author, about his new book, "Hope to Die: The Christian Meaning of Death and Resurrection of the Body."
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Father John Worgul, a priest of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, will lead Sykesville parish

Archbishop William E. Lori has appointed a priest of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter as pastor of St. Joseph in Sykesville.
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Annapolis pastor’s treasured chalice and paten resurface after going missing for five years

For a priest, a chalice and paten can have the same symbolic value as a wedding ring to a married person, said Father James Proffitt.
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2020 Catholic School Teachers of the Year announced

James Sellinger, Chancellor of Education for the Archdiocese of Baltimore and Dr. Donna Hargens, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, announced May 20 the 2020 Archdiocesan and Independent Catholic School Teachers of the Year.
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Blogs & Commentary

Charity in Truth

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May we indeed persevere, in this and in every time of trial, so that one day we may reign with Christ in the presence of Mary Our Queen.
Mother’s Day is bound to be memorable, but not because of the global pandemic we’re all enduring. Rather, because of the immense gift that I have been given in our beautiful, healthy daughter.

Open Window

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During this time of social distancing, as we wear masks and stay away from people we love, it’s important to remember that we are doing this because life matters. Because love matters.

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 about the "strange wording" in the "Hail, Holy Queen" prayer and who created COVID-19.

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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God is love. He loved us first – and loves us forever. He knows us best, seeing deep within us to all we are and all we can be. He sees us and loves us fully. He holds us – and the past, present and future – in his hands.

Guest Commentary

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Hundreds of years later, she inspires more questions than nearly any saint in history.

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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If we know the voice of the Lord Jesus well, and we continue to respond to it, then we know what follows it: an abiding peace and confident hope that cannot be taken away.

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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Let me urge you again: make this time of plague and quarantine the occasion to dig the “Catholic paper” out of your records, find your baptismal certificate, and learn the date of your baptism. And then, with appropriate celebration, ponder just what happened to you that day.

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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Forget the hair, go back to your family roots.

Wit & Wisdom

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We do not live in a morally neutral universe. Good and evil, life and death, do contend with each other.


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My hats go off to all graduates of all grades everywhere. In surviving this, you have gained wisdom, skill sets, patience and appreciation that will guide you everywhere you go.

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

Search for Christian unity is making progress, pope says

Marking the 25th anniversary of St. John Paul II's encyclical on Christian unity, Pope Francis said he shares "the healthy impatience" of those who think more can and should be done, but he also insisted that Christians must be grateful for the progress made.
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Bishop reminds seafarers they are ‘not forgotten’ even amid pandemic

The bishop, directing his prayer to the maritime workers, urged them to "know that you are not forgotten, know of our love for you each and every day."
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Pandemic has changed parish outreach methods ‘forever,’ says evangelist

During two months of social isolation, the work of American business has migrated, ready or not, into the home.
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Catholic Baltimore Radio

The staff of the Catholic Review contributes original content to the “Catholic Baltimore” radio program, a production of the Archdiocese of Baltimore broadcast on WCBM-680 AM every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

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St. John Paul was a good shepherd, pope says on saint’s birthday

St. John Paul II was a man of deep prayer, who loved being close to people and loved God's justice and mercy, Pope Francis said.
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A new mom’s glimpse of the Father’s heart

Every step, every milestone, no matter how small, is such a joy because I know what it took for my son to get there. Every smile and every hug are a gift, and I’m keenly aware of this since it did not come naturally at first.
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Pope prays for poor families and for the conversion of loan sharks

Pope Francis prayed for families struggling economically during the COVID-19 pandemic and for the conversion of loan sharks who prey on them.
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