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Confession: a great opportunity to get right with GodRussell Shaw

When Dr. Bernard Nathanson died of cancer in February 2011, the obituary writers dutifully recorded that he'd become a Catholic back in 1996. Some even recalled the reason he gave for taking that ...

Endless filth needs transparency, truth, tiers and tearsElizabeth Scalia

It was terrible to learn that Jean Vanier -- whom so many Catholics had looked up to as the saintly, heroic founder of L'Arche -- had been manipulating and abusing women who came to him seeking spiritual ...

Join us on April 27 to honor Peter LynchMichael Reardon

If you ask anyone who grew up a Celtics fan in the 1980s what comes to mind when they hear the number 33, I highly suspect the answer will be Larry Bird. The greatest player of a generation and one of ...

Sunset Point Camp offers new day camp option this summerShannon Lyons

Located in the seaside community of Hull, Catholic Charities Sunset Point Camp has provided a carefree week of adventures to thousands of children for over 100 years. The magic of Sunset Point camp will ...

Safety concerns over crowded churches in the 19th centuryViolet Hurst

Some of the most beloved photographs held by the archives are those that show enormous crowds packed into Boston's Catholic churches in the mid-to-late 19th century. These are the photographs that ...

Naaman, the Nazarenes, and the GermansGeorge Weigel

To vary Oscar Wilde, the Church's liturgical life often imitates art by being strikingly appropriate to a particular moment. That was certainly true on Monday of the Third Week of Lent, 2023 -- a ...

At last, good news for American familiesRussell Shaw

There's a glimmer of hope for the embattled natural family emanating suddenly from a source that lately has been anything but family-friendly -- I mean the federal government. But before getting into ...

A somber anniversaryGeorge Weigel

March 13 ought to have been a happy day in Rome. But the mood in and around Vatican City before, during, and after the 10th anniversary of Pope Francis's election was more somber than festive -- and ...

Can the Eucharist save civilization?Dr. R. Jared Staudt

We often repeat that the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. What happens when this source and summit has been rejected by a majority of Catholics? We received a wakeup call from ...

The 50th anniversary of Cardinal Medeiros's elevationJoy Zanghi

On March 5, 1973, as Pope Paul VI elevated Archbishop Humberto Medeiros to the rank of cardinal, "the strongest and most sustained applause of the morning was reserved for the Archbishop of Boston," The ...