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It is open house season for private and Catholic high schools. Messages about academic excellence, superior college matriculation, amazing test scores and Advanced Placement courses offered are plastered ...



Seeing the son of DavidScott Hahn

Today's Gospel turns on an irony -- it is a blind man, Bartimaeus, who becomes the first person outside of the Apostles to recognize Jesus as the Messiah. And his healing is the last miracle Jesus performs ...

The Catholic Union of BostonThomas Lester

As this column has previously discussed, Pope Pius IX (Pontificate, 1846-1878) had a long and turbulent tenure. For the purposes of this article, it is worth reminding readers that he presided over Vatican ...

The World Mission Rosary Around the WorldMaureen Crowley Heil

During October the Church calls us to pray the rosary and to celebrate the missions. In our ministry, we pay special attention to the World Mission Rosary and focus on both. Archbishop Fulton Sheen ...

Report card timeDick Flavin

The day of reckoning is at hand. It is time to assess the accomplishments or lack thereof -- of those in whom we have placed our hopes, dreams, and, perhaps, even fears during the baseball season. It's ...

The will of the peopleJohn Garvey

Left-leaning editorial writers and news anchors have recently been warning us that public approval of the Supreme Court is dropping. They refer to polls conducted by Gallup and the Annenberg Public Policy ...

Lessons from a COVID-19 infectionGreg Erlandson

Experiencing COVID-19 these days brings to mind the scene in "Ben-Hur" when the lepers are proclaiming themselves "Unclean! Unclean!" People compare COVID-19 to the flu, which, in many cases, is pretty ...

Dressing up for Ordinary TimesLucia A. Silecchia

For better or worse, my childhood days were lived before the age of the digital camera. So, I have shelves full of photo albums that tell the stories of my life. As is likely the case for many, Halloween ...

J and J vaccineFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. My question regards the Johnson & Johnson vaccine booster. Six months ago, Catholic bishops were recommending to get any vaccine available, notwithstanding that the Johnson and Johnson vaccine was ...