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Road to redemption

Living in East Baltimore, Steven Allbright had plenty of options where he could come into the Catholic Church. Something about Historic St. Francis Xavier, however, set it apart.
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Bishops Triduum schedules

Archbishop William E. Lori and the auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Baltimore will celebrate Triduum liturgies at the following locations:
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Issues of concern to Catholics advance in 2019 Maryland General Assembly

The 2019 session of the Maryland General Assembly ended with last-minute wins on issues that the Maryland Catholic Conference was watching.
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House Speaker’s funeral held at Annapolis church

A funeral program for Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch, who died April 7 at age 72, filled St. John Neumann Church in Annapolis April 16.
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Archbishop Lori shares Holy Week message

Archbishop William E. Lori shared the following video message with the people of the Archdiocese of Baltimore April 17.  A full transcript follows. 
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Concert celebrates three-century connection between Maryland and France

Opening with the national anthems of France and the United States, the Orchestre d’Harmonie de Saint-Omer (Saint-Omer Wind Orchestra) celebrated three centuries of shared history between the countries with a concert April 12 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
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Blogs & Commentary

Charity in Truth

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There is no doubt that the Lord has won the victory over sin and death by his cross and resurrection. The question confronting each of us is whether or not we will participate in his victory.
Father Jeff Dauses recently gave the gift of life when he donated a kidney to a woman related to one of his parishioners at St. Andrew by the Bay in Annapolis.

Open Window

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On Good Friday it is hard to see the beauty through the darkness and the grief. On Good Friday it is finished. We have faith. We know that Easter will bring incredible joy. We know that not all is lost—that life wins out over death, that love overcomes all evil.

Faces of Faith

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What began as a friendship on Facebook with a fellow Christian half a world away led to an eye-opening and faith-affirming mission trip to the Punjab region of Pakistan for one parishioner of St. Patrick in Havre de Grace.

Question Corner

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Father Doyle fields questions about bells at the consecration and how to talk to children about same-sex marriage.

Word on Fire

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In 1850, lots of good and thoughtful people defended the institution of slavery. Now, only insane people would. In 2019, lots of decent and thoughtful people defend the pro-choice position. One can only hope that these recent laws, and this viscerally disturbing film, will hasten the day when only insane people would.

The Domestic Church

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Were we present at Jesus’ crucifixion? We were, and we are. We can place ourselves in that moment, meditating again on the tremendous sacrifice Jesus made for each of us on the cross. We were there. This Lent we are there.

Our Back Pages

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Gym Meet traditions include Mary Bartel, chairwoman of the Physical Education/Health Department, serving as faculty moderator for nearly 30 years.

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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No matter how many times we may fall or mess up, Jesus is always right there to patiently lift us up, encourage us and give us new strength with his grace and his mercy!

Baltimore Boomer

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Managing Editor Paul McMullen is in a stretch of work that’s reminded him why his hometown is also described as “Smalltimore.”

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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I’ve visited the grand cathedral a few times since the late 1990s. It is an impressive place to visit and to pray.

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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Scary prayers are prayers where even the very words you say seem to convict you.

Wit & Wisdom

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I just wanted to assure you that I am still living at the cathedral rectory. I’ve been able to keep my residence. Please pray that I’ll be able to keep my sanity! 

Unconditional

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Here are a few ways we can exercise our faith and have a little Easter fun.

A More Human Society

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In what Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls a "historic victory for New Yorkers," New York has passed what may be the nation's most extreme and irresponsible abortion law.

World News

Only risen Christ can bring peace to world at war, pope says at Easter

As the machine of warfare continues to churn out more dangerous weaponry, only the power and joy of Christ's resurrection can fill hearts with comfort and peace, Pope Francis said before giving his Easter blessing.
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At Easter the stones of sin, despair, are rolled away, pope says at vigil

As individuals and as a church, it can be tempting to dwell on mistakes, failures and sins that block the fullness of life, but Easter is the proclamation that the Lord is victorious and his love will triumph, Pope Francis said.
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‘Their Calvary was lengthy’: Pope’s Stations recall those exploited

Recalling Jesus' death on the cross, Pope Francis led thousands on Good Friday in reflecting on the crosses of loneliness, fear and betrayal that crucify countless men, women and children in the world.
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Videos

Be servants to one another, pope tells prisoners before washing feet

Jesus' gesture of washing his disciples' feet, an act once reserved to servants and slaves, is one that all Christians, especially bishops, must imitate, Pope Francis told hundreds of inmates and prison employees on Holy Thursday.
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Hope from the ashes: President, archbishop vow to rebuild Notre Dame

The president of France and the archbishop of Paris have vowed to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral after a devastating fire, continuing what a professor of architecture described as the natural lifecycle of a historic building.
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At retreat for South Sudan leaders, pope literally begs for peace

At the end of a highly unusual spiritual retreat for the political leaders of warring factions, Pope Francis knelt at the feet of the leaders of South Sudan, begging them to give peace a chance and to be worthy "fathers of the nation."
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