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Bishop Carroll's letter to John Hancock

A letter from Bishop John Carroll of Baltimore to Gov. John Hancock of Massachusetts, dated Aug. 28, 1791, is full of praise and thanks for Hancock, who hosted the bishop during his visit to Boston several ...



The Rodman Ride for KidsDebbie Rambo

With our nation's presidential election heating up this summer, advocates for every candidate have ramped up their rhetoric; bringing attention to public concerns of all kinds. While each issue being ...

Olympic wrap upClark Booth

The bar for the Rio Olympics was set so low only an unmitigated catastrophe might have rendered the 2016 games a failure. In fact, the glass-half-full crowd will have no problems delivering a joyful verdict ...

The unsung who do the work of saintsRaymond Flynn

Next week at this time Kathy and I will be in Rome to attend the canonization of St. Teresa of Calcutta. It is expected to be one of the largest events in Rome. People will come from all over the world ...

Joe Biden is Isaac Hecker's fault?George Weigel

U.S. Catholics generally know little about the Church's history in our country. But whether you're trying to fill gaps in your knowledge or just looking for a good read, let me recommend a new book by ...

Blessed Teresa: Witness of modern-day holinessJohn Garvey

Blessed Teresa of Kolkata came to The Catholic University of America 45 years ago to receive her first honorary degree. If I'd been president of our school at the time I would have tried hard to get a ...

God's Nature -- Exuberance or the Cross?Father Ron Rolheiser

It's funny where you can learn a lesson and catch a glimpse of the divine. Recently, in a grocery store, I witnessed this incident: A young girl, probably around 16 years of age, along with two other ...

Is Old Testament God violent?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am engaged in a plan to complete the Bible in its entirety. The program invites one to read a short section from the Old Testament each day, pray two of the psalms and finish with a brief passage ...

Beisbol ramblesClark Booth

Now that we have survived the turgid melodrama of A-Rod's weepy farewells, one assumes it is safe to return to the pennant race: or at least what's left of it. Two things are made clear by the experience ...