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Missionary Childhood Association and Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools Week 2022 will begin on Sunday with liturgical celebrations and school open houses. This year's theme of "Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service." embodies values that are at the ...



Should Catholic health care survive?Richard Doerflinger

In January, five Catholic medical and professional associations came together to establish the Catholic Health Care Leadership Alliance. Its board members represent the Catholic Medical Association, ...

Airport chapel dedicated 70 years agoThomas Lester

On Jan. 20, 1952 -- 70 years ago this month -- then Archbishop Richard J. Cushing of Boston dedicated Our Lady of the Airways Chapel at Logan Airport, now Boston Logan International Airport. Over the ...

The ethics of pig-to-human organ transplantsFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Early this year, a Maryland man suffering from severe heart failure underwent a new experimental procedure, receiving a pig heart transplant. His medical team had determined he would be a poor candidate ...

Talkin' baseball, but not for longDick Flavin

Well, the votes are in. They just haven't all been counted yet -- at least not as of this writing. But the Hall of Fame voters have spoken. By doing so they've opened the gates for the rest of us. Whaddyaknow? ...

Prophet to the nationsScott Hahn

God's words in today's First Reading point us beyond Jeremiah to Jesus. Like Jeremiah, Jesus was consecrated in the womb and sent as a "prophet to the nations" (see Luke 1:31-33). Like the prophets before ...

A new look, a renewed commitmentMichael Reardon

Crisis creates clarity. Noise shifts to the background and the task at hand becomes obvious. This is certainly true in the case of Catholic education over these last two years. It has become quite clear ...

The pope, the pets, and populationRussell Shaw

The recent comment by Pope Francis that people who have pets instead of children are, sometimes at least, manifesting selfishness brought predictable howls from pet lovers and those who felt he was treading ...

Russia, Ukraine, and moral reckoningGeorge Weigel

There have been vast improvements in the techniques and technology of filmmaking since 1961, when Stanley Kramer made "Judgment at Nuremberg." But it's difficult to imagine any cast today improving on ...