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One Sunday for the Whole World

Every year, something special happens on the next-to-last Sunday of October -- the Church reflects on its deepest identity, that of being missionary. On World Mission Sunday, October 23, Catholics ...



Psychedelic drugs and new mental health treatmentsFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Researchers are investigating a new generation of drugs for treating mental illness derived from psychedelic substances. A molecule known as psilocybin, for example, found in "magic mushrooms," appears ...

Bill Belichick and the sands of timeDick Flavin

Wilson Mizner was a playwright, a man-about-town, and a bit of a conman a century ago who is credited with saying "Be nice to people on your way up because you're going to meet them on your way down." ...

A 19th century parish boundary dispute in LowellViolet Hurst

On Oct. 15, 1897 -- 225 years ago this month -- Msgr. Joseph M. Guillard, OMI, pastor of Sacred Heart in Lowell, wrote to Archbishop Williams requesting that additional territory be granted to his church. In ...

Returning thanksScott Hahn

A foreign leper is cleansed and in thanksgiving returns to offer homage to the God of Israel. We hear this same story in both the First Reading and Gospel today. There were many lepers in Israel in ...

War and nuclear threatRussell Shaw

People enjoy cheering on a little guy who appears to be holding his own against a bully. Much of reaction to the Ukrainians' gutsy effort to repel the brutal Russian invasion of their country has ...

The peace of Ordinary TimeLucia A. Silecchia

Some people are creative in beautiful ways. They make the art, music, literature, and drama that inspire the world. Others are creative in more practical ways. They build buildings, invent machines, find ...

Wishing for a real debate on abortionRichard Doerflinger

So many falsehoods and confusions fill the media lately on abortion that I find myself pining for an actual argument. For an example, I do not want to pick on our president. But he started it, by picking ...

An open letter to the synod general secretaryGeorge Weigel

His Eminence, Mario Cardinal Grech General Secretary Synod of Bishops 00120 Vatican City Your Eminence: The "National Synthesis of the People of God in the United States of America for the Diocesan ...