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Remember our retired Sisters

Please remember the Retired Sisters of the Archdiocese of Boston on the weekend of Nov. 17-18. For many years, Sisters responded with love and great care to the pastoral needs of the faithful in the ...



Meeting the need at Thanksgiving and throughout the yearDebbie Rambo

The Thanksgiving season can be immensely difficult for families in our community living on the brink. When temperatures drop in the fall, people already struggling to make ends meet must suddenly also ...

Prayer and penanceJaymie Stuart Wolfe

There's just no escaping it. Every time the fires of the Church's moral crisis burn down, something else stirs the embers into flame. Still, who would have anticipated that the Vatican would pull the ...

Has anybody seen Hanley?Dick Flavin

Now that the dust has settled, the duck boats have been parked, and the trophy has been repaired after being wounded by the incoming barrage of beer cans during the parade, what would you say was the ...

Grateful for everythingDwight G. Duncan

Thanksgiving is an awesome time of year. A time to take stock, at harvest season, of all the good things -- family, friends, peace, prosperity -- in our lives, and to be grateful to God and to others ...

Possible to confess online?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Is Catholic confession available online? This would be so convenient. (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) A. Certainly at this time, there is no provision in the church's sacramental practice for online confession ...

The Paradigm for Bishop-Led Church ReformFather Roger J. Landry

The bishops of the United States are in Baltimore this week for their annual Fall meeting, but this year's reunion is anything but routine. It will be focused fundamentally, with prayer, penance, and ...

A century after the ArmisticeGeorge Weigel

I'm just old enough to remember when my elders still called November 11 "Armistice Day:" the armistice in question that which stopped the shooting in the Great War. As a military matter, World War I may ...

Dual CitizenshipFather Ron Rolheiser

I live on both sides of a border. Not a geographical one, but one which is often a dividing line between two groups. I was raised a conservative Roman Catholic, and conservative in most other things ...