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How God loves

We often begin Mass with the prayer from today's Epistle: "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you." We praise the God who has ...



Floyd's killing was 'morally wrong'Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley

Below is a May 30 statement from Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley on the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, who was pinned down by a police officer kneeling on his neck before later dying in hospital ...

A Vision for the MissionsMaureen Crowley Heil

The year was 1822 and France was still reeling from the aftereffects of its own Revolution. A young woman named Pauline Marie Jaricot had a vision. In it, she saw two oil lamps; one was empty and the ...

Fenway's other 'monstah'Dick Flavin

Before Fenway Park had a Green Monster, it had an honest-to-God real monster. The left field wall has been called the Green Monster for only the past 30 or so years. Before that, it was referred to simply, ...

My letter to the faithfulCardinal Seán P. O'Malley

(Beginning in Lent, Cardinal O'Malley has periodically issued letters to different communities within the archdiocese addressing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Previous letters have been issued ...

For better or worse, in sickness and health, from day one Father Roger J. Landry

"I promise to be faithful to you, in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, to love you and to honor you all the days of my life." On the day of their wedding, most couples make those vows ...

The Vatican's Choice: Jimmy Lai or Xi Jinping?George Weigel

In mid-May, Chinese leader Xi Jinping unveiled a plan to bypass Hong Kong's legislature and impose draconian new "national security" laws on the former British colony. Putatively intended to defend Hong ...

Christ's descent into hellFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I get The Catholic Virginian and have enjoyed reading your column over the years. But I do have a question that has always bothered me, even though I have made more than 30 retreats at a Jesuit retreat ...

Pentecost and the fires in our citiesBishop Robert Barron

It is in a way providential that the feast of Pentecost arrives this year just as our country is going through a convulsive social crisis. For the Holy Spirit, whose coming we celebrate on Pentecost, ...