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Federal cuts could force thousands in Mass. To go hungryDebbie Rambo

This month, I'd like to focus on an issue that is omnipresent in our work at Catholic Charities -- food insecurity. We feed over 100,000 people in Massachusetts each year through our food pantries, but ...

We Need a Lawyer!Father James J. Ronan

There are all kinds of lawyer stories and jokes and a lot of them are good. Some of them use different words to describe a lawyer like "mouthpiece", "counselor", "defender" and "advocate". We all know ...

The Holy See, China, and evangelizationGeorge Weigel

In a recent interview, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of the Holy See, suggested that certain critics of a deal between the Vatican and the People's Republic of China were misconstruing the ...

Church in Germany embroiled in intercommunion debateAnian Christoph Wimmer

Muenster, Germany, May 14, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- The unresolved debate over a proposal to allow Protestant spouses of Catholics to receive communion in German dioceses under some limited circumstances ...

Benedict XVI's unpublished letter- God is key to understanding human rightsAndrea Gagliarducci

Vatican City, May 14, 2018 CNA.- The Ratiznger Schuelerkreis, a circle of former students of Joseph Ratzinger who meet annually, will gather this year to discuss the themes: “Church and State, Church ...

The foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame de NamurThomas Lester

On May 10, 1881, Mother Aloysie, superior of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, wrote to Archbishop John J. Williams of Boston. She reveals that "the Bishop of Namur has authorized me to take the preliminary ...

How to widen our hearts on Mother's DayLaura Kelly Fanucci

For mothers who have lost children. For children who have lost mothers. For women who long to be mothers. For mothers who never got to meet their children. As my husband and I are writing a book on ...

An advocate for the Gospel of LifeRichard Doerflinger

For me, a highlight of the past month was seeing Harvard law professor Mary Ann Glendon receive the University of Notre Dame's Evangelium Vitae medal. I have always been interested in this award, named ...

What Catholics can learn about beauty from the Met GalaChristine Rousselle

New York City, N.Y., May 9, 2018 CNA.- By now, you have likely heard that the theme of this year’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” ...

Freedom is never freeGeorge Weigel

When I first visited Lviv, the principal city of western Ukraine, in 2002, the transportation from plane to airport terminal was an old bus towed by a Soviet-era tractor; today, the airport is a model ...