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To a departing dynasty

They are dying off and there is nothing that you, I, or anyone else can do about it. The numbers of 11 Boston Celtics who played for the team during the greatest of all sports dynasties, 1957-1969, hang ...



Archive offers new Parish Boundary Map ToolThomas Lester and Violet Hurst

The Archive Department is pleased to announce a new Parish Boundary Map Tool. It is a digital map of the Archdiocese of Boston, which features parish churches and boundaries. Each territorial parish ...

A World Mission Rosary that begs for an end to violenceMaureen Crowley Heil

Fresh on the heels of the New Year's news that Auxiliary Bishop Moses Chikwe, of the Archdiocese of Owerri, Nigeria and his driver Robert Ndubuisi had been released by their kidnappers unharmed, came ...

Hearing the callScott Hahn

In the call of Samuel and of the first Apostles, today's readings shed light on our own calling to be followers of Christ. Notice in the Gospel today that John's disciples are prepared to hear God's ...

Vaccines and other entanglements with abortionFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

As the new COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out, several people have told me, "I don't want a vaccine with any connection to abortion." This is a valid sentiment that most of us would likely echo. ...

How are non-Catholics forgiven?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Catholics are blessed to have the sacrament of reconciliation. But what about other faiths? How do non-Catholics have their sins forgiven? (Honolulu) A. The Catholic Church has a long history of the ...

Stepping back from the brinkGreg Erlandson

Jan. 6, 2021 was an epiphany of sorts for Americans who watched in horror as a mob breached the U.S. Capitol, assaulted police, and vandalized offices. It was both shockingly unexpected and shockingly ...

The urgent need for national unityRussell Shaw

With searing images of mob violence at the U.S. Capitol fresh in memory, Joe Biden comes to the presidency as a potential healer of divisions and binder up of wounds. Yet his own prior commitments could ...

Father Maciej Zieba, OP (1954-2020)George Weigel

A wretched year came to a sorrowful end when Father Maciej Zieba, OP, died in his native Wroc?aw, Poland, on December 31. The birthplace of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Wroclaw was also the home of St. Teresa ...