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The morning the impending closure of the domestic bureaus of Catholic News Service was announced May 4 began like many others over the years. I had received an email from CNS staffer Carol Zimmermann … more
It’s springtime, and for many Catholics that means it’s the season for sacraments, especially first Communion. It’s a time of preparation and prayer, of observing beloved traditions and … more
ROME—Catholic journalists around the world are now able to count one of their number among the saints, as Titus Brandsma, a Dutch Carmelite killed at the Dachau concentration camp in 1942, was … more
La Iglesia, guiada por el Espíritu Santo, es plenamente consciente de la novedad traída por Cristo. La salvación, como dice el apóstol Pablo, nos viene por la fe en Jesucristo, y no por el … more
May holds up for us two towering features of our faith: Jesus, our Good Shepherd; and Mary, His Mother. In fact, this year, we rejoiced in both figures, as Mother’s Day occurred on Good Shepherd … more
Father George Sears, the director of vocations for the archdiocese, said the new regional approach to priestly vocations … more
On April 23, I had the privilege to spend the day with 700 high schoolers at our archdiocese’s “New York … more

I recently did a search of my past Life Lines columns to find something I wrote here six years ago: “Sometimes … more

Hemos dicho que la moral no puede quedarse en el planteamiento de principios abstractos con pretensión … more
What if there are not one but two chasms that divide Americans today? One chasm separates the reds and blues, the ideologically conservative … more
Sharon Tate was a young, ambitious reporter working for a struggling local newspaper. Like many recently . … more
Archbishop Borys Gudziak of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia … more
A shadow lies over Easter this year, dimming, in a way, the light … more
In both the Roman and Byzantine liturgical calendars, Lent … more
La verdad se nos revela, sobre todo, en el acto de juzgar. Aristóteles … more
While serving as Pastor in the Bronx, I had the privilege of knowing a very devout and prayerful woman. Her name was Virginia. Ginny, as she liked to be called, was a retired nurse. Ninety years … more
Puedo compartir una historia del velorio de Mamá que podría ayudarnos apreciar y comprender mejor el significado de los eventos sagrados que observamos en esta Semana Santa? Fue de ayuda para mí. … more
With Lent turning toward Holy Week and Easter, this is a time of year many people like to take up some spiritual reading. I would like to suggest “On Second Thoughts: A Book of Stories” by Father … more
We are nearing the end of our 40-day pilgrimage through Lent, but the truth is that we are on a pilgrimage that never ends. Our entire spiritual life is pilgrimage, and while our destination (eternal … more
Matt Martinusen lost his job at a precarious time. He was the sole breadwinner, and his wife, Lisa, a stay-at-home mom, had just had their third baby. The non-profit Matt had been working for was … more
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