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Going off the rails

It's easy to see the train going off the tracks. Many signs should have summoned the red lights. Alas, all too often a government policy seems a good idea at the time -- a bill covering prescription drugs ...



Pope issues changes on liturgy translationsMsgr. Liam Bergin

Pope Francis has issued a document on the translation of liturgical texts. The document, "Magnum principium," was issued on Sept. 9 and is to take effect from Oct. 1, 2017. In this two-page document ...

Remembering the Impossible Dream -- VClark Booth

For much of September that unforgettable year it was like the veritable calm before the storm; a lingering spell of uncertainty in which many dared not believe that what was happening was actually happening. ...

Speak up for the DreamersDebbie Rambo

At Catholic Charities, our mission to help those in need often leads us to work closely with those who have immigrated to the United States in search of a better life. Through our work with immigrant ...

Catechetical Sunday 2017: 'Living as Missionary Disciples'Patrick Krisak

This fall, tens of thousands of children, young people, and adults in the archdiocese will resume participation in faith formation in their local parishes. Faith formation refers to the lifelong process ...

A reason to hopeFather James Ronan

Maybe you have heard or read stories about a person who has committed or has attempted suicide. Everyone's heart constricts hearing these accounts, and there are so many. In 2014 there were 11,014 hospital ...

The legacy of Father Joseph FinottiThomas Lester

Sept. 21, 2017 will mark 200 years since the birth of Father Joseph Maria Finotti, who served in the Archdiocese of Boston from 1852 to 1876. Father Finotti was born in Ferrara, Italy, on Sept. 21, 1817. ...

Dispelling the darkness of September 11thFather Steve Grunow

"Suddenly summoned to witness something great and horrendous, we keep fighting not to reduce it to our own smallness..." These are the words of the writer, the late John Updike, as he described September ...

The debt we oweScott Hahn

Mercy and forgiveness should be at the heart of the Christian life. Yet, as today's First Reading wisely reminds us, often we cherish our wrath, nourish our anger, refuse mercy to those who have done ...