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Disciples in Mission -- Phase 6 pastor orientationSister Pat Boyle, CSJ

On June 14, there was an orientation meeting for Phase 6 pastors. Most of the pastors that were present have not been a pastor in a collaborative, so it was important to give them an overview of the process, ...

Taking a public health crisis seriouslyRichard Doerflinger

The recent tragic deaths of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain have dramatized what The New York Times calls the "public health crisis" of suicide. That crisis was underscored ...

Homelands and social doctrinesGeorge Weigel

With hundreds of bishops coming to the Vatican in October 2001 for a Synod, I decided to spend that month in Rome conducting interviews for what would eventually become the sequel to Witness to Hope and ...

One, holy, catholicJohn Garvey

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of "Humanae Vitae." The world has changed dramatically since Pope Paul VI wrote the encyclical, mostly in ways he foretold. Abortion and sterilization are commonplace. ...

A family momentGreg Erlandson

"It is a profound spiritual experience to contemplate our loved ones with the eyes of God and to see Christ in them." Pope Francis may not have had a conga line in mind when he wrote these words in ...

Recognizing our faithful volunteersDebbie Rambo

Volunteerism is the lifeblood of the work we do here at Catholic Charities. It is the spirit of altruism distilled down to its truest form. We enjoy the assistance of the many who volunteer to help us ...

Do not use children 'as pawns to enforce a hostile immigration policy'Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley

[Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley released the following statement June 13 in reaction to U.S. administration immigration practices of separating children from parents seeking asylum at the border with Mexico. ...

After the Irish debacleGeorge Weigel

I wasn't surprised by the result of Ireland's May 25 referendum, which opened a path to legal abortion in the Emerald Isle by striking down a pro-life amendment to the Irish Constitution. Nor was I all ...

The burning of St. Mary's Church in VermontThomas Lester

In the spring of 1838, Father Jeremiah O'Callaghan wrote to Bishop Fenwick from Burlington, Vermont, informing him of the destruction of St. Mary's Church and the investigation that followed. A native ...

Craving approval isn't evangelizationGeorge Weigel

The bizarre comment and the weird gesture have not, until recently, been associated with high-ranking churchmen. Both, alas, were on vivid display last month when Cardinals Reinhard Marx and Gianfranco ...