• Cardinal O'Malley urges faith leaders to oppose recreational marijuana

    A group of about 40 faith leaders from around the Boston area gathered at the Archdiocese of Boston's Braintree headquarters Oct. 18 to discuss their opposition to Massachusetts ballot Question 4, which would legalize the recreational use of marijuana ...



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Baltimore exhibit of religious works of art offers 'feast for the senses'

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- A 500-year-old oil painting of "The Glorification of the Virgin" now on display at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore is a genuine feast for the senses. Inspired by John's apocalyptic vision of a woman "clothed with the sun," the image shows a crowned Mary surrounded by an intense radiant glow. Standing atop a black dragon whose eyes are set on the infant Jesus resting in her arms, the woman maintains a tranquil expression with downcast eyes.

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Cardinal-designate Tobin emphasizes need to combat fear, help refugees

NOTRE DAME, Ind. (CNS) -- In 2015, the U.S. accepted 70,000 refugees that included one particular young family: a mother, a father and two small children. The family fled their homeland of Syria in 2012 and spent three years living in a refugee camp. During those years, surrounded by dismal conditions, the family underwent the rigorous scrutiny mandatory for those seeking refugee status in the United States, including security screening by the National Counterterrorism Center/Intelligence Community, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department.

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