Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien – Thoughts on Our Church

The following columns were written by Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien and appeared in the Catholic Review.

I’ve been thinking lately about prayers for the sick.

Bishop Denis J. Madden, urban vicar and auxiliary bishop emeritus of Baltimore, will lead a prayer walk for peace Oct. 16 at St. Veronica, 806 Cherry Hill Rd., Baltimore. 

Jesus enjoys unmasking hypocrisy, which is the work of the devil, Pope Francis said.

It’s a pastoral letter that pulls no punches, goes far into the past and continues up to the recent present of racism at the U.S.-Mexico border.  

The Catholic campus ministry at Towson University marked the canonization of St. John Newman with a community celebration.

The culture and spirituality of Amazonian indigenous people remain strong “as long as we have our territory, our rivers, our sacred places, food and our seeds, the elements of our rituals,” Pijachi said.

A hashtag mix-up caused a papal tweet meant to give thanks for the Catholic Church’s newest saints to be read as Pope Francis showing support for the New Orleans Saints’ football team.

It was a simple exchange—but I was struck by the power and the beauty of that interaction between a husband and wife.

On the eve of the canonization of St. John Henry Newman, Britain’s Prince Charles penned an article about England’s newest saint for the Vatican newspaper.

Saints are people who recognized their need for God’s help, who took risks to discover God’s will and to help others and who nurtured a habit of thanksgiving, Pope Francis said.