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‘Troubling’ Decision on Climate Change

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, had a lot to say about climate change, and the importance of the Paris climate agreement, in his May 24 meeting with President Donald Trump … more

A Catholic Voice at the U.N.

As always, the United Nations has a full agenda as it begins its 71st session of the General Assembly this week. And, as always, the Vatican’s mission to the world body—officially the … more

Governor’s Cuts for Mandated Educational Services Don’t Add Up

After vetoing legislation that would have averted cuts in state reimbursements to Catholic and other nonpublic schools, Governor Andrew Cuomo still has a chance to make things right for the thousands of families across the state whose children attend those schools. more

Overcoming Hurdles With Olympic Spirit

They will not bring home the gold medals of U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps, nor will they inspire the roar of the crowd at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in the same way as legendary Jamaican … more

In Absence of Clear Policy, Raids Bring Fear

Undoubtedly, some people are cheering the nationwide crackdown on immigrant communities last weekend that led to nearly 700 arrests around the country, 41 of which were in New York, including five on … more

Pause on ‘Dreamers’ Doesn’t Solve Their Plight

The U.S. Supreme Court gave supporters of protections for “Dreamers” some breathing room this week. On Monday, the court rejected a request by the government to speed up the legal proceedings … more

On Setting an Example of Civility

This won’t be the first time we’ve called for civility in public life on this page. But, frankly, it’s the most depressing time. With candidates seeking the highest office in the land and less … more

Timely Prescription for Holiness

With his new apostolic exhortation on holiness, “Gaudete et Exsultate” (“Rejoice and Be Glad”), Pope Francis delivered an easy-to-read guide to living an authentic Christian life in today’s … more

Court’s Decision Could Serve as Foundation

The U.S. Supreme Court took an important step in affirming Americans’ rights to freedom of speech and religious expression in a ruling that sided with a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding … more

The Birth of Hope For All Ages

Hope is a virtue that seems to be in short supply around the world and even here in the United States these days. News reports highlight one bleak story after another, in almost unrelenting … more

A Grim Reminder During Holy Week

The deadly Palm Sunday bombings at two Coptic churches in Egypt jolted the Christian faithful around the world at the start of Holy Week—that precious time of prayer, reflection and reconciliation … more

A High Bar for Catholic Communicators

We can’t say this enough. When speaking, writing, texting, tweeting or engaging in any other forms of communication, it’s best to take the high road. Shouts, insults, vulgar gestures or words, … more

Their Limitations Did Not Define Their Priesthood

In a remarkable testament to the ministry of a martyred American … more

A Mother’s Blessing

Mother Teresa’s long and holy life, a life spent caring for those she called “the poorest of the poor,” brought her an unlikely measure of fame and, yes, celebrity. Not often in this world do … more

Reckoning for ‘Offensive Words’

The vile comments attributed to President Donald Trump about certain countries during an immigration policy meeting have been widely and deservedly condemned. The president is said to have used … more

Football Brain Study Must Be Heeded

The evidence just keeps piling up. Pro football’s head injury problem is real, it’s serious, and the National Football League needs to take a leadership role in addressing it in a way that … more

Connecting With Young Adults

With poll after poll reporting that a growing number of Americans— especially young people—answer “none” when asked their religion, it’s not unreasonable to assume that churches and other … more

A New Cardinal Archbishop for Newark

A Vatican announcement made it official early on Monday: Cardinal-designate Joseph W. Tobin has been named the sixth Archbishop of Newark. As neighbors across the Hudson, we want to extend a warm … more

An Inhumane Policy That Must Stop

For once, we hope this editorial will be outdated by the time you read it. The topic is the horrendous policy implemented in recent weeks by the Trump administration to separate thousands of … more

A Thanksgiving Prayer for Healing

Thanksgiving Day, and the entire long holiday weekend, is traditionally a time for families to come together—giving thanks for a festive meal shared with those we love, and relaxing afterward by … more
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