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Pay for emissions

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 ...

Newman -- Prophet of the Great ApostasyMichael Pakaluk

A "biglietto," in Italian, is a ticket or card. In May 1879, a messenger from the Vatican Secretary of State brought a message to a 78-year-old English priest, written on a biglietto, that the priest ...

Padre Pio's 'Last Mass'Jaymie Stuart Wolfe

I don't think of myself as a relics junkie, but I just may be one. It started a few years ago, when relics of the saints began showing up in Boston more regularly. St. Charbel, St. Maria Goretti, St. ...

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 ...

Returning thanksScott Hahn

A foreign leper is cleansed and in thanksgiving returns to offer homage to the God of Israel. We hear this same story in both the First Reading and Gospel today. There were many lepers in Israel in Elisha's ...