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A tale of two islands

Jan. 15 marks the 90th birthday of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year it'll be celebrated as a national holiday on Monday, Jan. 21, the day before the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The reason for the ...



Trivial PursuitDick Flavin

As a rule, I do not like trivia questions, and that includes sports trivia, even questions about baseball. They are a waste of time, a silly pursuit of useless information, and of no practical or intellectual ...

The establishment of St. John Hospital in LowellThomas Lester

In 1863, a small infirmary opened on Adams Street in Lowell, Massachusetts. It was established by parishioners of St. Patrick Church who desired a place where those among them could receive treatment ...

Helping those affected by the federal shutdownDebbie Rambo

Every Christmas season is a time of giving for us at Catholic Charities. We expend all of our available resources to make sure that children and struggling families in our community are able to have a ...

In the WeddingScott Hahn

Think of these first weeks after Christmas as a season of "epiphanies." The liturgy is showing us who Jesus is and what he has revealed about our relationship with God. Last week and the week before, ...

Divorce MonthKevin and Marilyn Ryan

Jeff Bezos, the father of four and the richest man in the world, just announced that he and his wife of 25 years are divorcing. We learned from the same newspaper that January is not, as we had thought, ...

Wendy Beckett -- RIPFather Ron Rolheiser

No community should botch its deaths. The renowned anthropologist, Mircea Eliade, suggested this and its truth applies to communities at every level. No family should send off a member without proper ...

Vatican PRRussell Shaw

One day back when I was doing media relations for the American bishops' conference, a journalist asked me what my definition of good public relations was. Without giving it much thought, I said, "Do the ...

Disposing of relicsFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I received in the mail an unsolicited request for donations from a Catholic charitable organization. Included in the mailing was a third-class relic. I do not need to have a third-class relic of an ...