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Memory, identity and patriotism

The second volume of my biography of St. John Paul II, “The End and the Beginning,” benefited immensely from the resources of Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance [IPN, from its […]

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Hope continues on

During these past two months, different experiences have put the cross and the Resurrection into my heart. There was the passing of a number of people: a colleague who suffered […]

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A pro-life opportunity

“Pro-life includes sensible gun control.” It was one among a forest of signs at the recent March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C., that attracted hundreds of thousands of demonstrators, […]

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Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

‘Jesus, my Lord and my God, I trust in you’

The following is an adapted version by Bishop Rhoades of his homily on Divine Mercy Sunday at St. Anthony de Padua Church, South Bend: I’d like to invite you to […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Faith, not sight, is what matters

07Second Sunday of Easter John 20:19-31 As almost always in the Easter season, the Acts of the Apostles furnishes the Liturgy of the Word with its first reading. Acts claims […]

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A reflection on heaven

Every person in the world who has ever been created not only has individual physical, emotional and psychological features, but also has a unique soul. Have you ever thought about […]

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By faith we live in the Lord

Guest commentary by Father John Catoir Over the years, I return time and again to my favorite Scripture quotes. Let’s unpack them together and see what the Lord has in […]

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A more human society

Food for thought on helpless seniors

On March 11, The Washington Post reported on efforts to expand the “right to die” in Oregon and elsewhere. The state has passed legislation to study changing its law on […]

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The wrong-headedness of ‘wrongful birth’ lawsuits

At its core, the idea of a “wrongful birth” claim is unreasonable and ethically incoherent. Parents who bring these lawsuits against obstetricians and hospitals claim that medical professionals should have […]

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The Sunday Gospel

‘Everyone who believes in Him will receive forgiveness’

Easter John 20:1-9 A variety of biblical readings occur in the course of liturgical celebrations for Easter. For instance, the Liturgy of the Word for the Easter Vigil is unsurpassed […]

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What’s the buzz? A live ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ on Easter

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Television viewers on Easter weekend will be pulled from the Old Testament on Holy Saturday to the New Testament on Easter. ABC is showing the Cecil B. […]

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A crisis of authority: ‘Humanae Vitae’ 50 years later

In the spring of 1968, almost three years after the Second Vatican Council closed, hope was still high that artificial contraception would no longer be considered a mortal sin. Rumors […]