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Prayers for the sickJohn Garvey

There is an old New Yorker cartoon that shows an angel bringing God a stack of petitions about wars, natural disasters and other calamities. God waves him off with a distracted, "Not now. I'm trying to ...

Don't let Halloween scare youGreg Erlandson

Sometimes kids can be way more sensible than grown-ups. When the "Harry Potter" series was all the rage (has it stopped being all the rage yet?), there was a mild hysteria whipped up in certain fundamentalist ...

Historical clarity and today's Catholic contentionsGeorge Weigel

One of the curiosities of the 21st-century Catholic debate is that many Catholic traditionalists (especially integralists) and a high percentage of Catholic progressives make the same mistake in analyzing ...

Pay for emissionsCarolyn Woo

In June 2018 and 2019, the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and the University of Notre Dame convened leaders from around the world at the Vatican to address the transition of our energy ...

The regrettable episode with Greta ThunbergElise Italiano Ureneck

Unless you were sleeping last month, you probably caught at least a glimpse of the newsmaking 16-year-old Swede, Greta Thunberg, on her U.S. tour. While on American soil, the environmental activist addressed ...

The origins of World Mission SundayThomas Lester

This Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, is World Mission Sunday. Each year since 1926, when it was introduced by Pius XI, the penultimate Sunday in October has been designated as a day for all Catholics to reflect ...

Catholic Charities Merrimack Valley's 100 years of serviceDebbie Rambo

In just a few days -- Wednesday, Oct. 23 -- friends, generous supporters and dedicated staff, new and old, will gather at the Tewksbury Country Club to celebrate Catholic Charities Merrimack Valley's ...

A September SundayDick Flavin

On the last Sunday in September, I was visiting with my sister and brother-in-law on Cape Cod while I recovered from minor surgery (although, to be honest, I subscribe to the theory that it's never minor ...

On Cardinal Newman becoming a saintDwight G. Duncan

On Sunday, Oct. 13, Pope Francis will canonize Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-1890) in Rome. This 19th-century English convert to Catholicism was a brilliant mind, a literary genius possessed ...

What kind of 'believers'?George Weigel

This past June I was in the Munich area for four days, giving a public lecture on Evangelical Catholicism and doing a lot of media interviews. My hosts were exceptionally gracious, but it was also obvious ...