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Retired from the Navy, Deacon William Keown is excited about new role as priest

Transitional Deacon William Keown never anticipated having a second career, let alone one as a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
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Sister Catherine Phelps, longtime leader of Trinity School, dies

Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Catherine Phelps died unexpectedly June 15. A Baltimore native, she served as head of Trinity School for 47 years, twice leading it National Blue Ribbon recognition.
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Deacon John Martínez found support from parishioners in pursuit of the priesthood

Deacon Martínez has high hopes for Catholicism in Baltimore and is determined to accompany young adults in their faith journey.
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St. Maria Goretti graduate ready for priesthood

“In the end I’ve been able to come to this point, this graced point, where the Lord has made clear to me this is my vocation,” Deacon Streifel said.
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Archbishop Lori, bishops across U.S. condemn separation, detention of migrant children

Archbishop William E. Lori joined his brother bishops “and so many others of goodwill in calling on our leaders to cease the current practice of separating children from their mothers..."
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Ghana’s Cardinal Turkson appreciates significance of Baltimore 

Cardinal Turkson is considered by some to be a potential successor to Pope Francis, and his visit attracted faithful from across Charm City to the basilica.
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Blogs & Commentary

Charity in Truth

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It’s no good to speak about the faith and not to live it. And if we are living the faith, we should be willing to speak of it. 
After open-heart surgery, Paul McMullen’s gratitude is keener than ever.

Open Window

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I started writing these while on an airplane yesterday, but then I didn't manage to finish them until today. But it felt a little like being in Green Eggs and Ham. "Can you write takes on a plane? Can you write them on a train? In a car or on a tree...?"

Faces of Faith

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Seán Bray, director of campus ministry at Loyola University Maryland, is well-known on campus for accompanying students on their faith journeys. A Seattle native, he draws on his experiences on immersion trips to inspire students.

Question Corner

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Father Doyle fields questions about the pope's security detail and receiving Communion in Protestant churches.

Word on Fire

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One of the extraordinary but often overlooked qualities of a system of objective morality is that it is a check on the powerful and a protection of the most vulnerable.

The Domestic Church

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I make messes by accident and on purpose over and over and over, and God continuously offers forgiveness and strength and peace.

Our Back Pages

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The era of “blue laws” restricted most business operations on Sunday. In the city, that meant Major League Baseball and National Football League games could not start before 2:05 p.m.

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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Join Father Poston and his dog, Otto, on an "Otto Grotto Rosary Walk" in Emmitsburg.

Baltimore Boomer

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Whatever happens, darkness at the break of 2:48 p.m. Aug. 21 is going to be another grand moment with creation.

The Catholic Difference

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The defense of the indefensible leads to rage, and rage becomes a form of madness.

Behind the Headlines

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“Thoughts and prayers” are an appropriate, initial, compassionate response to any tragedy, including the death of innocents at a concert, church or school. But a solution requires action. And the time for action is now. 

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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Memorial Day is an opportunity, as a nation, to remember and appreciate those who have died so that we might live ... freely.

Wit & Wisdom

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Do all the good you can, for as many people as you can, for as long as you can. If you do that, you may not just live longer. You may live forever.

Unconditional

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I turn 35 tomorrow and have been thinking about how I want to live in this new phase of my life. There are two philosophies that people use as guidelines for making decisions about their life’s experiences. I am posing a third.

A More Human Society

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Richard Doerflinger finds rich ironies in the Supreme Court's wedding cake ruling.

World News

Religious freedom in U.S., around world focus of June 22-29 observance

"Serving Others in God's Love" is the theme of this year's Religious Freedom Week. U.S. Catholics are encouraged to pray and take action act in support of religious liberty at home and abroad.
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Dictatorships begin with taking over media to spread lies, pope says

All dictatorships begin the same way: media outlets are put in the hands of "unscrupulous" people who spread lies and weaken democracy, Pope Francis said.
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Archbishop Lori, bishops across U.S. condemn separation, detention of migrant children

Archbishop William E. Lori joined his brother bishops “and so many others of goodwill in calling on our leaders to cease the current practice of separating children from their mothers..."
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Videos

Ghana’s Cardinal Turkson appreciates significance of Baltimore 

Cardinal Turkson is considered by some to be a potential successor to Pope Francis, and his visit attracted faithful from across Charm City to the basilica.
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U.S. officials return stolen Columbus letter back to Vatican Library

With the help of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a 15th-century copy of a letter Christopher Columbus sent to his royal patrons describing the riches of the New World has been returned to its rightful owner -- the Vatican.
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Biggest danger in life is fear, settling for less, pope says

The pope said he was beginning a new series of audience talks on the Ten Commandments and how Jesus leads people from the law to its fulfillment.
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