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Advancing the freedom to serve

Religious freedom issues have certainly been in the news in the U.S. over the past several years -- from the Little Sisters of the Poor to the freedom of organizations to hire people who aim to serve ...



On a watch around the leaguesClark Booth

Have stray observations and random complaints to offer for your sports dining pleasure while waiting for the annual winner of baseball's "One Dumb Owner of the Year" laurels to declare himself. The sucker ...

Checking in with Phase ISusan Abbott

Phase I collaboratives were inaugurated in June 2013. Most submitted their local pastoral plans (LPP) to Cardinal Sean for approval in June 2015, and are now 18 months into implementation. Pastoral Center ...

A year of unityRay Flynn

Following the elevation of 17 new cardinals at the Vatican recently, I was interviewed by the British Broadcast Corporation (BBC) station from London. Wherever I travelled throughout the world, particularly ...

The Monatsbote, the voice of the German Catholic communityThomas Lester

Dec. 7, 2016 marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor. The following day, the United States declared war on Japan, entering World War II, and prompting ...

What the pro-life community wants from the Trump administrationCardinal Timothy M. Dolan

The last several years have clearly been challenging for the pro-life movement. The abortion industry, exposing its false rhetoric of choice, increasingly seeks to coerce Americans to be complicit with ...

Respond to God's gifts with loveCarolyn Woo

Last month, I went on a weeklong silent retreat to address a nagging concern. I felt heavy guilt for how I could be enjoying my life when there are profound deprivations and unspeakable suffering. Catholic ...

Metropolitan reflects on Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul in RomeHis Eminence Metropolitan Methodios

It was my great honor this year to lead the delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople to the Liturgy of the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul celebrated at St. Peter's Basilica. For several ...

Promote peace this AdventFather Eugene Hemrick

Why is Advent needed more than ever this year? The answer is found in the Second Vatican Council's Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World. "Men," it states "should take heed not to ...