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The government of Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega and his wife, now co-president Rosario Murillo, have had the Catholic Church in its crosshairs for years. That's because faithful Catholics there ...



The blessed pathScott Hahn

In the readings since Christmas, Jesus has been revealed as the new royal son of David and Son of God. He is sent to lead a new exodus that brings Israel out of captivity to the nations and brings all ...

Universality in All ThingsMaureen Crowley Heil

It seems that as soon as I tell a person who I've met in a church that I've never visited that I'm a 'first-timer," I hear the same response: Be sure to make your three wishes! How this ...

Not of the world, but the world mattersDavid Mills

Most of us Catholics are too worldly, as we know from every examination of conscience -- and yet in another sense we're not worldly enough. We live in the world, but as Jesus says, we're not of ...

The archdiocese reacts to the 1973 Roe decisionViolet Hurst

On Jan. 22, 1973 -- 50 years ago this week -- the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision in the Roe v. Wade case, guaranteeing a constitutional right to abortion. The archdiocesan opposition ...

School days in Ordinary TimeLucia A. Silecchia

Happy Catholic Schools Week! In my early years, I loved school. At summer's end, I anticipated the quest for perfect school supplies and the promise of new shoes, new books, and the smell of fresh ...

Why use holy water?Jenna Marie Cooper

Q: Why do Catholics bless themselves with holy water? (Conway, South Carolina) A: A distinctive feature of any Catholic church are the holy water fonts usually found at the entrances to the worship ...

China, Nicaragua, and the popeRussell Shaw

Why hasn't Pope Francis spoken up forcefully about the oppression of the Church by dictatorial regimes in China and Nicaragua? It's a fair question whose answer can perhaps be found in the precedent ...

The white-martyr cardinals' dinnerGeorge Weigel

On the night of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's funeral, Cardinal George Pell hosted a dinner in his apartment for a group of like-minded mourners, and all present were delighted that the heroic Cardinal ...