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Reboot: Frostburg State welcomes new minister, Mass on campus

“Our young people don’t seem to understand the position of the church, and that makes some of them afraid to engage the secular society in some of these issues,” Father Godswill Agbagwa said. “As they graduate  and go on to the larger society, they can be able to engage their society … stand up for...
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Creche up for one day, then Delaware town’s leaders order its removal

A manger scene can make people feel good at Christmas and that's what Patty Derrick and her friends in Rehoboth Beach were aiming for when they spoke to town leaders about erecting a creche that has been part of the beach town for about a half-century.
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Sister Mary Patricia Murtagh, D.C., dies at 87

A native of New York, Sister Mary Patricia entered the Daughters of Charity in 1952, and served as a teacher at St. John School in Baltimore, 1953-55.
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Brooklyn stained glass studio creates windows for Liberty Heights church

Saints from the Americas constitute half of those depicted in new stained- glass windows at New All Saints in Liberty Heights.
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Archdiocese of Baltimore celebrates Our Lady of Guadalupe

“She shouldn’t just be (important) for our church, but for all the churches because she appeared in the Americas,” said Father Lewandowski. “What she represents as far as evangelization and a call to follow Christ is important to all people.”
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‘Down to earth:’ Pasadena parishioner to be ordained a priest Dec. 15

Deacon Robert Katafiasz will be ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore by Archbishop William E. Lori during a 10 a.m. Mass Dec. 15 at the Baltimore Basilica.
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Blogs & Commentary

Charity in Truth

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Pope Francis often tells us to accompany one another on the bumpy road of life. He means that we need to focus, not on ourselves, but on the other. This is what the gift of presence means.
This year the Christmas classic “It’s A Wonderful Life” hit closer to home than ever for Managing Editor Paul McMullen.

Open Window

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It’s the third week of Advent, and Christmas—which seemed so far off just a few weeks ago—is looming large.

Faces of Faith

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In addition to helping his marriage, Lagonigro credits the ministry with deepening his faith. He described Retrouvaille as a “shot of adrenaline” for his faith.

Question Corner

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Father Doyle fields questions about single parents and depictions of the Crucifixion.

Word on Fire

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Say what you want about his prudence. I will speak of him with honor.

The Domestic Church

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The weeks leading up to Christmas are their own gift, offering a time for us to ready our hearts and consider the enormity of the real miracle of Christmas.

Our Back Pages

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Good Samaritan Hospital came into existence thanks to the generosity of Thomas J. O’Neill, a merchant who famously asked Carmelite nuns to pray that his store be spared during the Great Baltimore fire of February 1904.

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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May God help us to be open to the Holy Spirit, even if it is surprisingly coming through another person we may not feel is “qualified” or through a person we may not “like” or may not know.

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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We must all intensify prayer and penance. We should all be inviting to church those who have left out of boredom, anger, confusion, or disgust.

Behind the Headlines

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We all wanted some definitive answers by now. God willing, February and June – the next U.S. bishops meeting – will bring the remedies that victim-survivors of sexual abuse, and the whole church, desperately need. 

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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Kevin Parks, Catholic Review visual journalist, reflects on some recent assignments that bring the preciousness of life and joy into focus.

Wit & Wisdom

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Christmas reminds us that God, as Christ, has entered our world again in person to let us know that God never abandons us, that evil ultimately will not triumph.

Unconditional

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Every year, during our back-to-school liturgies, I scan the pews and say a prayer of gratitude and a petition for a successful school year for each of my colleagues. This year my task was more difficult because as I scanned the congregation, I was forced to recognize that one of us wasn’t there and never...

A More Human Society

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Our medical system has been giving up on far too many of these patients, prematurely ensuring their deaths based on faulty diagnoses and self-fulfilling hopeless predictions.

World News

U.S. Catholic Church marred by allegations of abuse, claims of cover-up

2018 will no doubt be remembered as a dark time for the U.S. Catholic Church.
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Cardinal Pell found guilty of sex abuse, expected to appeal, reports say

Australian Cardinal George Pell reportedly has been found guilty on five charges related to serious sexual misconduct involving two boys at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne in the 1990s.
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Shooting in Brazilian cathedral leaves five dead, four injured

A gunman opened fire inside a Brazilian church, killing four people and injuring four others before turning the gun on himself, police said.
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Brooklyn stained glass studio creates windows for Liberty Heights church

Saints from the Americas constitute half of those depicted in new stained- glass windows at New All Saints in Liberty Heights.
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Southern Anne Arundel pastorate in the making boosts seminarian-led outreach

Coordinated by the seminarians’ Peace and Justice Committee, the Christmas gift-giving program benefits students from Baltimore’s Mother Seton Academy and children whose families are clients of Project PLASE, which addresses homelessness in Baltimore.
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Pope offers prayers for victims of wildfires; death toll climbs

"A special prayer goes to those affected by the fires that are plaguing California. ... May the Lord welcome the deceased in his peace, comfort their families and support those who are involved in relief efforts.
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