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On the Nativity of St. John the BaptistScott Hahn

The people in this week's Gospel are frightened and amazed by the mysterious events surrounding the birth of John. Only his mother and father, Elizabeth and Zechariah, know what this child will be. John ...

From the Archives: Omaha bishop writes to Boston for support of Native American missionsThomas Lester

On June 28, 1898, Bishop James O'Connor wrote to Archbishop John J. Williams of Boston from Omaha, Nebraska, describing his attempts to minister to the Native Americans in the region. Bishop O'Connor ...

Donating body to scienceFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I would like to donate my remains to medical science. Does the Catholic Church approve or disapprove of this action? (Chesapeake, Virginia) A. The Catholic Church not only allows this but encourages ...

The Question Behind the QuestionBishop Robert Barron

On the afternoon of June 14, a rather spirited, fascinating, and unexpected debate broke out on the floor of the USCCB spring meeting in Ft. Lauderdale. At issue was the possibility of reconsidering "Faithful ...

Tree of Righteousness: Reflections on the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary TimeScott Hahn

In the cryptic message of the prophet Ezekiel, long centuries before the Lord's coming, God gave his people reason to hope. Ezekiel glimpsed a day when the Lord God would place a tree on a mountain in ...

The hope of immigrant Catholic familiesHosffman Ospino

A most rewarding moment in my daily routine after a long workday or returning home from some travels is to sit with my wife for a while to watch our children play. Their energy and creativity are mesmerizing. ...

The healing power of natureAdam Johnson

''In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks." -- John Muir Do you remember the first time you saw the ocean or reached the peak of a tall mountain? Or a time you first encountered ...

On the moveJaymie Stuart Wolfe

We didn't just wake up one morning and decide to move. But we did wake up one morning just after last Christmas and discovered that God was moving. It wasn't long after Andrew and I prayed a 54 day Rosary ...

Approaching the Suicide Surge with Honesty and ResolveFather Roger J. Landry

When suicides happen, most respond with discretion and whispers. Because of shock, shame and a desire to avoid speaking ill of the dead, obituaries use euphemisms about unexpected deaths, and family members ...

The pope's security detailFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. Who are the men protecting Pope Francis who are wearing suits and ties? Are they part of the Italian national police force, Swiss Guards or a private security firm? (They seem to protect the pope not ...