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Mass murder and our culture of death

On Nov. 14, Kevin Janson Neal paced about a remote elementary school in the small Northern California community of Rancho Tehama Reserve, apparently looking for children to shoot during a killing spree ...



A museum for which to be thankfulGeorge Weigel

On September 29, 1952, the publication of the complete Revised Standard Version of the Bible was celebrated at the National Guard Armory in Washington, D.C., and the principal speaker was ...

Black Elk and the Need for CatechistsBishop Robert Barron

I write these words as the annual November meeting of the United States bishops comes to a close. We bishops discussed many significant matters--from racism and immigration to the liturgy for the baptism ...

An 'unnecessary and unwise' decisionCardinal Seán P. O'Malley

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect upon the blessings our nation and ourselves and families have received from a generous God, and to renew our commitment, personally and nationally, to share these blessings ...

Coercing our conscienceRussell Shaw

Imagine the government ordered Ford dealers to post signs telling prospective auto buyers to check out Chevrolet or required vegan restaurants to give diners menus listing the offerings at neighborhood ...

God's ClosenessFather Ron Rolheiser

There's a growing body of literature today that chronicles the experience of persons who were clinically dead for a period of time (minutes or hours) and were medically resuscitated and brought back to ...

Help families avoid making the choice 'to heat or eat'Debbie Rambo

This month, we at Catholic Charities are hard at work with our many partners to help our clients prepare for the impending chill of winter. Dropping temperatures create a whole host of new needs for our ...

Holding the pope's hand in gratitude for being CatholicHosffman Ospino

Every now and then, I find in the offices of pastoral leaders and theologians, as well as in the homes of some families I know, a picture of them shaking hands with one of the recent popes. When I ...

Hindu-Catholic national dialogue on love of neighborFather Thomas Ryan

''Respect for the dignity of the human person is the foundational principle. The crown of creation is the human person," said Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Vatican Ambassador to the United States at the ...