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Of Wheat and Weeds

The Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time God is always teaching His people, we hear in today's First Reading. And what does He want us to know? That He has care for all of us, that though He is a God of ...



Working to stem the 'summer slide'Debbie Rambo

Last month I touched on some of the ways that we work to meet the increased needs of Massachusetts' children in the summer months. When the academic year ends, a staggering number of children -- nearly ...

Catching upClark Booth

Off on the beach a couple weeks, stuff keeps happening on the relentless merry-go-round of contemporary sport. The games never sleep. No sense trying to catch up, let alone the need. But here are a couple ...

The two faces of immigrationKevin and Marilyn Ryan

Immigration is one of the thorny issues facing Americans today. It is particularly so for Catholics, since such a large percentage of the people who have come here in recent years are our co-religionists. All ...

The USCCB Convocation of Catholic LeadersSister Pat Boyle, CSJ

On July 1-4, The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB) held the first ever Convocation of Catholic Leaders in Orlando, Florida. Ten people from the Archdiocese of Boston were able to attend ...

Who speaks for Charlie Gard?Richard Doerflinger

A seriously ill 11-month-old child in Great Britain has garnered the attention of President Donald Trump and Pope Francis and sparked an international debate. Charlie Gard is unresponsive and totally ...

Get out and talk to peopleRaymond Flynn

Despite the seemingly unlimited access to breaking news updates and non-stop photos people post of their daily lives on social media, the best way to get a true sense of what is going on in our community ...

The cooler Cold WarGeorge Weigel

The claim that "the Cold War is over" and that the West needs a "new paradigm" for relations with Russia has become an antiphon in some conservative political circles -- not least conservative Christian ...

Non-Catholics in heaven?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Has the Catholic Church ever considered for canonization an individual who had not been a Catholic? If not, why not? Are we still suggesting that only Catholics go to heaven? (Heber Springs, Arkansas) A. ...