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Recognizing our faithful volunteersDebbie Rambo

Volunteerism is the lifeblood of the work we do here at Catholic Charities. It is the spirit of altruism distilled down to its truest form. We enjoy the assistance of the many who volunteer to help us ...

Do not use children 'as pawns to enforce a hostile immigration policy'Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley

[Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley released the following statement June 13 in reaction to U.S. administration immigration practices of separating children from parents seeking asylum at the border with Mexico. ...

After the Irish debacleGeorge Weigel

I wasn't surprised by the result of Ireland's May 25 referendum, which opened a path to legal abortion in the Emerald Isle by striking down a pro-life amendment to the Irish Constitution. Nor was I all ...

The burning of St. Mary's Church in VermontThomas Lester

In the spring of 1838, Father Jeremiah O'Callaghan wrote to Bishop Fenwick from Burlington, Vermont, informing him of the destruction of St. Mary's Church and the investigation that followed. A native ...

Craving approval isn't evangelizationGeorge Weigel

The bizarre comment and the weird gesture have not, until recently, been associated with high-ranking churchmen. Both, alas, were on vivid display last month when Cardinals Reinhard Marx and Gianfranco ...

'The Loved One'Russell Shaw

Just 70 years ago this month a slender novel bearing the innocuous title The Loved One made its appearance in the United States. My copy, a first edition, records four reprintings between June and August. ...

How to get past the polarizationGreg Erlandson

In our belligerent times, there is a kind of in-your-face response to those of us wringing our hands about how divided our country is. Everything can't be the snowflake center, this argument goes. ...

Catholic investing: The role we play in our investment decisionsCarolyn Woo

The Vatican recently released a document jointly prepared by the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith titled, "Considerations for ...

Smiling and having a sense of humor as signs of holinessDwight G. Duncan

At the end of the new feature-length documentary "Pope Francis: A Man of His Word," still playing at local movie theaters, the Pope encourages us to smile and have a good sense of humor. His various solemn ...

Grace under pressureGeorge Weigel

A chapter in a remarkable American and Catholic life will close on June 6, when Abbot Thomas Frerking, OSB, concludes more than two decades of service as leader of the monastic community at St. Louis ...