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The jubilee of 1852

Dec. 1, 1852, marked the beginning of a month-long jubilee in Boston, the second in two years, granted by Pope Pius IX. As readers may recall, Pius IX's tenure was a turbulent one, coinciding with ...



The toughest job in sportsDick Flavin

As those of you who are regular readers of this space well know, I was never much of an athlete in my day, so I have no direct knowledge of how it feels to be hit by a bone-crushing tackle by a 280-pound ...

Kingdom comeScott Hahn

"The kingdom of heaven is at hand," John proclaims. And the Liturgy today paints us a vivid portrait of our new king and the shape of the kingdom He has come to bring. The Lord whom John prepares the ...

'All the leaves are brown'Effie Caldarola

''All the leaves are brown. And the sky is gray." As we lean into another Advent, that opening line of "California Dreamin''' plays in my head. I love the Mamas and the Papas 1965 ...

The contested legacy of Vatican IIRichard Doerflinger

This October was the 60th anniversary of the first session of the Second Vatican Council, a landmark event in the Catholic Church. Yet the council's legacy remains a matter of confusion and controversy ...

What's on Your Christmas Wishlist?Maureen Crowley Heil

If you're like me and are of a certain age, your Christmas list shrinks every year. My husband and I promised each other early on that power tools and kitchen gadgets were not personal gifts. They ...

Keeping Lord's day holyFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I write to ask for guidelines on the Third Commandment -- keeping holy the Lord's day. I do not consider some of the things that I do to be work -- cooking, for example, minor cleanups, mowing, trimming, ...

Genocide in Ukraine?George Weigel

Memo to both newly elected members of Congress like J.D. Vance and incumbents like Josh Hawley and Kevin McCarthy: It's time to stop sloganeering ("America First!" "No blank checks for Ukraine!") ...

Preparing for marriageRussell Shaw

These are not the best of times for Catholic marriage in America. Numbers illustrate the point. According to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, in 2020 -- when U.S. Catholic population ...