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The first new parishes for the city of Boston

On July 13, 1839, Bishop Benedict Fenwick of Boston issued a circular letter for publication, notifying the city's Catholics that three parishes now existed within the city limits. He requested that they ...



The RocketmanDick Flavin

Thirty-five years ago, Roger Clemens played for the Pawtucket Red Sox before being called up to Boston to launch a major league career that was filled with more twists and turns and dramatic storylines ...

Securing authentic children's rightsFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Children require extensive support and protection to meet their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. They are uniquely dependent on their parents because they are particularly vulnerable. Often they ...

SideshowJaymie Stuart Wolfe

The world we live in is stranger than ever, and it seems that our society has done almost everything in its power to cultivate a taste for it. But now that June is over -- known as "Pride month" by most ...

Reflections on the Blandensburg CrossMichael Pakaluk

Is it too much to ask a court which must make a judgment to get straight the facts about which it judges? Let's begin with a cross which marks a soldier's grave. It has multiple functions. First, it ...

Welcoming the strangerDebbie Rambo

I know many of you have likely already seen media coverage of the conditions of the holding facilities for immigrants across the South Western border. Each of the 22 Catholic Charities agencies in that ...

Waiting on the LordScott Hahn

God wants to dwell with each of us personally, intimately -- as the mysterious guests once visited Abraham's tent, as Jesus once entered the home of Mary and Martha. By his hospitality in this week's ...

The synod and celibacyRussell Shaw

In just three months a relative handful of bishops meeting in Rome is expected to reach a decision with potentially momentous consequences for the entire Western Church. The bishops will be participants ...

The quiet hours of Leonid BrezhnevGeorge Weigel

On first meeting Dr. Andrzej Grajewski, you probably wouldn't guess that this mild-mannered Polish historian is one of the world's leading experts on the ecclesiastical Dark Side of the Cold War: the ...