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How we live our lives on and offlineElise Italiano Ureneck

A few months back I had the opportunity to speak with a theologian who is doing some serious thinking about the ethics of technology and its broader effects on our understanding of ourselves and our neighbors. Luis ...

The archdiocese in eight maps -- 1872 and 1904Father Robert M. O’Grady

This is the fourth and final of a series of articles about the changing geography, or better, the borders of the Archdiocese of Boston. These also focus on the Diocese of Providence, which concludes its ...

Aaron Judge and the YankeesDick Flavin

Have you noticed that Aaron Judge of the Yankees is on pace to have a season that would place him among the greatest home run hitters of all time? When the Yankees reached 63 games played, Judge had appeared ...

Young Professionals network making a differenceZach Creeden

Fewer and fewer people, especially younger generations, are regularly attending Mass and participating in other Church activities. I recall attending Mass as a child at St. Mary's Church in Billerica, ...

Recycling the same old same oldGeorge Weigel

In December 2021 and May 2022, I had the pleasure of teaching a mini-course in Rome, exploring the life and thought of St. John Paul II. My students came from a cross-section of world Catholicism and ...

The bounty of Ordinary TimeLucia A. Silecchia

Do your summer plans include planting a garden? To my mind, gardening is one of most hopeful acts of joy, and joyful acts of hope that I have seen. I lack the patience to be a gardener. But, my grandfather ...

Appreciating good homiliesGreg Erlandson

Here's an answer that should show up on Catholic Jeopardy: "Eight minutes." The question is: "What does Pope Francis think the ideal length of a homily should be?" This pope, who has not been afraid ...

The commissioner's new bookDick Flavin

Bob Ryan has been retired for 10 years, but apparently he never got the memo. His columns still appear on most Sundays in the sports pages of The Boston Globe, he makes appearances on ESPN, and he continues ...

Demythologizing conclavesGeorge Weigel

Pope Francis' recent announcement that he will create 21 new cardinals on August 27, 16 of whom would vote in a conclave held after that date, set off the usual flurry of speculations about the shape ...

A double persecution: The witness of Hong Kong's Cardinal ZenDr. R. Jared Staudt

If the Church is to continue to be Christ's presence in the world, then part of that mission includes continuing his sacrifice. I recently wrote about the sacrificial witness of the priest in the ...