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U.S. Bishops’ Migration Chairman Urges Families Be Kept Together at Border

The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration June 1 criticized the Trump administration for “forcibly separating children from their mothers and fathers” at the U.S.-Mexico border. more

Sports on Sundays OK, Except When Used to Skip Mass, Says Vatican

A new Vatican document cautions against the dangers of highly competitive children’s sports, political and economic pressures on athletes to win “at all costs” and the unsportsmanlike or violent behavior of fans. more

Hawaii Parishioners Displaced by Lava Ask for Prayers

Paul and Rose Utes, members of Sacred Heart parish in Pahoa, had to leave their home when lava from the Kilauea eruptions moved into their section of the Leilani Estates subdivision in Puna on the Big Island. more

Voters in Ireland Pave Way for Abortion on Demand

Voters in Ireland have opted to remove the right to life of the unborn from the country’s constitution, paving the way for abortion on demand up to 12 weeks. more

Ryan, Brownback, Archbishop Address National Catholic Prayer Breakfast

This year’s National Catholic Prayer breakfast took on a decidedly Kansas flavor, as Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City and Sam Brownback, a former House and Senate member and governor of Kansas, addressed nearly 1,000 gathered at a Washington, D.C. hotel May 24. more

Italian Nun Murdered in Somalia to Be Beatified in Italy

An Italian Consolata sister murdered in Somalia in 2006 will be beatified in Piacenza, Italy, May 26. more

Pope Will Create 14 New Cardinals in June

Pope Francis announced he would make 14 new cardinals June 28, giving the red cardinal’s hat to the papal almoner, the Iraq-based patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church and the archbishop of Karachi, Pakistan, among others. more

At Bishops’ Spring Assembly, Vote on Revised Medical Directives Planned

Revised guidelines governing Catholic and non-Catholic health care partnerships will be on the agenda of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ spring general assembly June 13-14 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. more

Eucharistic Prayer Vigil for Ireland Tonight at Old Cathedral

The archdiocesan Respect Life Office is holding a Eucharistic prayer vigil for Ireland at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in lower Manhattan at 7 p.m. tonight. more

Facing the Stigma of Mental Illness

Here’s an important word in the Catholic lexicon: holistic. When looking at the miracle, the work of art that we call the human person, we take in the whole: body, mind, and soul. This is … more

Priests Find Keys to Better Preaching May Be as Close as Fellow Priests

Father Stephen Norton, the pastor of St. Benedict parish in the Bronx, was preaching a couple of weeks ago on the Sixth Sunday of Easter from John’s Gospel. (“I am the vine, you are the … more

With Sports Betting Now in Play, So Are the Risks

Now that the Supreme Court has struck down a 1992 federal law that banned sports betting in most states, New York is likely to become one of the first to put the practice in play. Anticipating a … more

Libertad y Gracia

El semipelagianismo, como hemos señalado en otra columna, se expresa en ciertas actitudes o comportamientos, en teorías psicológicas que exaltan la capacidad del hombre para su auto realización, … more

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Go Ahead and Laugh, It’s Good for You

I love to laugh, and it’s no wonder. I grew up in a family that had an unwritten rule: Don’t say anything straight if you can say it funny. My father was the ringleader when it came to humor, and … more

Nuestra Señora de Luján

La comunidad Argentina se reunieron la catedral de San Patricio el 20 de mayo para honrar a Nuestra Señora de Luján, patrona de Argentina, Paraguay y Uruguay. more

Mixed Review

The current “Heavenly Bodies” exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum is both an admirable and needed endeavor. It is a much needed reminder that the secular and the sacred not only … more

‘An Embarrassment’

What a mess! Vatican art mixed with repulsive modern trash, preceded by a “gala” of freakily dressed celebrities. Pathetic, vulgar, offensive and, at times, pornographic. (A bondage … more

Not Fitting

The use of blessed objects for profane purposes is sacrilege. I am heartbroken and angry that Cardinal Dolan participated in the Met Gala, which supposedly “celebrated” Catholicism in … more

Holy Innocents

All people, born and unborn, have equal human dignity. But we must never equate the effort to stop lethal violence against innocent children in the womb with efforts to promote social justice for … more
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