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Anointing of the sick during the coronavirus

Q. I am a recent (fervent) convert to the Catholic Church. I am also a registered nurse and have held many patients as they passed on to eternity. I am concerned over the issue of priests being "barred" ...



Embracing the kind of redeemer God appointedGeorge Weigel

The Gospel readings of Lent remind us that opposition to Jesus and his mission frequently grew out of the desire for a redeemer who was more like what various characters in the drama thought a redeemer ...

Lessons of the pandemicRussell Shaw

The coronavirus pandemic shows no sign of abating as this is written, but it's none too soon to start thinking about what we have already learned from this painful experience. I leave it to the physicians, ...

I'm providing health care, and prayer, during COVID-19Sister Mary Catherine Redmond

NEW YORK (CNS) -- In early March, I sat with two other New York City emergency medicine colleagues as part of an interfaith sharing at Fordham University, "Where Faith and Medicine Intersect." A Jewish ...

Cardinal's Palm Sunday homilyCardinal Seán P. O'Malley

I am sure that we all have great memories of many celebrations of Palm Sunday in the past. The beginning of Holy Week with a procession of the palms is usually a celebration marked by enthusiasm and excitement. ...

The coronavirus and usRichard Doerflinger

I could write about something other than the coronavirus pandemic, but right now it almost seems there isn't anything else. The rapid spread of the virus, its death toll, its prospect of overwhelming ...

All is fulfilledScott Hahn

"All this has come to pass that the writings of the prophets may be fulfilled," Jesus says in today's Gospel (see Matthew 26:56). Indeed, we have reached the climax of the liturgical year, the highest ...

The rivalry revisitedDick Flavin

A week ago in this space your humble correspondent prattled on at length about the Red Sox/Yankees playoff game of 1978, in my opinion the best baseball game I ever saw. As luck would have it, I had ...

A Different Kind of Non-Classroom LearningMaureen Crowley Heil

When visiting classrooms for the Missionary Childhood Association, we often talk about what it's like to go to school in the missions. We share pictures and videos of what a day is like for children fortunate ...