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Twin horrorsKevin and Marilyn Ryan

The French and others around the world looked on in horror as flames engulfed the wooden parts of Notre Dame Cathedral and licked at the twin towers. Horrific things are happening around us. As the emblem ...

Laughter and healthAdam K. Johnson

The last time you walked into a room full of laughing people, you most likely searched the room for a visible source of hilarity. You may have asked someone to explain the joke. Of course, people were ...

Counsel of JerusalemScott Hahn

The first Church council, the Council of Jerusalem we hear about in today's First Reading, decided the shape of the Church as we know it. Some Jewish Christians had wanted Gentile converts to be circumcised ...

Confirmation for developmentally disabledFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. Our son, age 24, has severe cognitive delays. Would he be able to be confirmed? What level of understanding is required? (New Philadelphia, Ohio) A. Your son would certainly be able to be confirmed, ...

Policies and persistenceJaymie Stuart Wolfe

The Vatican's long-in-coming response to the Church's widespread sexual abuse scandal is certainly good news. The changes in policy announced by Pope Francis in "Vos estis lux mundi" are encouraging. ...

In Catholic solidarity with VenezuelaHosffman Ospino

Venezuela is a de facto Catholic nation. About 70% of the 27 million Venezuelans self-identify as such. Today, Venezuelans struggle tremendously. The Church in this country suffers. Current levels of ...

New for all agesScott Hahn

By God's goodness and compassion, the doors of His kingdom have been opened to all who have faith, Jew or Gentile. That's the good news Paul and Barnabas proclaim in today's First Reading. With the coming ...

A New Assault on the Sacramental Seal of ConfessionFather Roger Landry

Presently, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have statues protecting and upholding the sacramental seal of confession or, more generally, the inviolable confidentiality of some form of clergy-faithful ...

Parish finance reportingFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I belong to a Catholic community in Florida that has been in existence for 32 years. For all that time, we have had only one pastor. The problem is that we have never seen a parish financial report, ...

Shepherd and the LambScott Hahn

Israel's mission -- to be God's instrument of salvation to the ends of the earth (see Isaiah 49:6) -- is fulfilled in the Church. By the "Word of God" that Paul and Barnabas preach in today's First Reading, ...