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Planned pro-life pregnancy center in downtown Baltimore gets boost

A long-anticipated project to convert a dilapidated building into a pro-life pregnancy resource center right next to Planned Parenthood in downtown Baltimore is getting new life after stalling for more than a year for lack of resources.
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After 50 years leading Stella Maris, Sister Karen McNally earns break

Sister Karen McNally, a Religious Sister of Mercy who retired Sept. 27 as head of Stella Maris after giving it 50 years of service, knows the power of saying “yes.”
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How to survive Thanksgiving dinner with a side of impeachment

Nell Bolton suggests using the three Bs – binding, bonding and bridging – when engaging people with whom you disagree.
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Black Catholic History Month – 2019

Black Catholic History Month was established in 1990 through the advocacy of the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus.
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Send your greetings to Pope Francis for his 50th priestly jubilee

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the priestly ordination of Pope Francis, Archbishop William E. Lori encourages Catholics from throughout the archdiocese to contribute to a special “spiritual bouquet” that the archbishop will present to the pope in December.
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Ask a veteran: Military backgrounds benefit parishes, schools

With Veterans Day Nov. 11, this installment of Positively Catholic looks at a Catholic school principal, a parish leader and a man studying to be a priest who took time to serve their country while continuing to serve God.
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Blogs & Commentary

Charity in Truth

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As the days grow darker, both cosmically and metaphorically, the encouragement of the Holy Spirit shines forth with renewed clarity.
Bring on the flavors of the harvest and the memories of a tree at my boyhood home that burst into brightness every year, and I’ll accept the shorter days and longer shadows.

Open Window

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This fall has been a season of abundance. I have too many things to balance, too many competing priorities, too many problems to solve, and too many reasons not to go to sleep on time.

Faces of Faith

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“Our church has a lot of power to change the community that we actually live in," Hall said. "Since we have so much influence, we need to be back in the community, reaching out as best we can.”

Question Corner

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Father Kenneth Doyle fields questions about proselytism and how frequently a priest is required to celebrate Mass.

Word on Fire

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Will gets some important things right, but he gets some even more basic things quite wrong.

The Domestic Church

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Stories help us incorporate memories and traditions into our family. They help us know who we are.

Our Back Pages

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The fleeting image of the demure and habited nun furtively flashing the two-finger peace sign in the 1970 documentary “Woodstock” has floated softly through five decades now, a lasting if elusory symbol that touches on the historic music festival but ultimately alights someplace else.

The Narthex

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If there’s one thread that runs throughout the selected homilies, it’s courage.

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 dying parts of the Church are those still misreading John XXIII.

Behind the Headlines

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Christopher Gunty offers five strategies to get through this election cycle without destroying our democracy.

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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I hope Governor Cuomo does build a St. Cabrini statue, expressing the strength and vision of a woman who should not be dismissed easily.

Wit & Wisdom

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In this month dedicated to praying for the “poor souls” in purgatory, let us not forget to pray for the dying

Unconditional

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A young super-speller tells his story.

A More Human Society

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Should doctors and nurses be forced to take part in procedures that violate their conscience? It's a timely question. New federal regulations to enforce existing conscience protection laws are being challenged in federal courts.

World News

Ahead of 2020 election, campaign stresses why civility important

Rancor in politics, especially these days, may be the norm, but a nationwide effort is underway to remind people that civility in political discussions is a virtue.
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U.S. church leaders pray for peace as religious heads meet in Lebanon

The U.S. bishops and the Knights of Columbus offered their "prayerful solidarity" to the Assembly of the Catholic Patriarchs and Bishops of Lebanon as Iraq and Lebanon experience protests against political corruption and foreign interference.
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Movie Review: ‘Playing With Fire’

If your folks warned you against "Playing With Fire" (Paramount), their advice was sound. Though generally harmless, this comedy is so painfully unfunny, it's almost fascinating.
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Videos

Pope calls on leaders, tech giants to protect children online

While digital technologies have led to advancements in communication and education, they also have led to the exploitation of children on the internet, Pope Francis said.
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Bishop Mark J. Seitz and Father Fabian Marquez, both of El Paso, Texas, lead prayers Sept. 26, 2019, for Antonio Basco, who lost his wife, Margie Reckard, during the Aug. 3 Walmart mass shooting in El Paso.

El Paso bishop opens up about pain of parishioners behind letter on mass shooting

El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz said he wanted the letter to be a "conversation starter" and also one that would explore the underlying causes of the mass shooting.
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Archbishop Gomez elected USCCB president; first Latino in post

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles was elected to a three-year term as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops during the bishops' fall general assembly in Baltimore.
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