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This will be my final column for The Christophers. As a matter of fact, this will be my final column, period. It’s not easy to write those words, but the time has come. I’m 85 now (it’s not … more
In preparation for the 2015 Ordinary Synod of Bishops that will take place October 4-25 in Rome, the Archdiocesan Family Life/Respect Life Office assisted Cardinal Dolan by soliciting and … more
We need your help! In just a few weeks the New York State Assembly will vote on a bill that would substantially increase the amount of money we could raise for scholarships for children attending … more
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Last month, the Catholic New York community lost a great spirit of Vatican II: Jeannie Stapleton Smith, longtime director of development at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie, special patron of seminarians and priests, and dynamic promoter of all things Catholic in this corner of the global church. Her death must not pass unremarked. more
People always have the same wrenching emotional reactions—“crazy,” “scary,” “unbelievable”—when they are asked about this political season. Reason and … more
A few years ago, The Christophers published a News Note entitled “Building Spiritual Friendships,” and I still get emails from people asking for a copy whenever we mention it on our “Christopher Closeup” radio show. more
“Happy Easter.” I heartily wish one to every reader. Yet sticking the word “Happy” in front of “Easter” seems repetitious: like saying “9 a.m. in the morning.” “Easter” means … more
It’s tradition. Christmas means gifts. They come in green packages with bows, in red stockings on a fireplace. They are just what somebody always wanted—even if sometimes that is a too-kind … more
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