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There has not been an OSV News without the 10th National Eucharistic Congress. From our inception in 2022, we knew that this event would be a hallmark for the Catholic Church in the United States and … more
In the Museo del Duomo in Milan, a towering statue depicts St. Ambrose with a scourge over his shoulder. The image of a bishop holding a whip admittedly shocks modern observers. Hagiographers agree … more
When I was a kid, my main form of media consumption was books. I used to go to the library and check out four or five Hardy Boys books at a time. I don’t know why I never got into Nancy Drew (I … more
At the beginning of June, the American College of Pediatricians (ACP) issued a declaration titled “Doctors Protecting Children.” More than 100 doctors, nurses, therapists and research … more
Harrison Butker is the incredibly talented field goal kicker for the World Champion Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. His 27-yard effort against the Philadelphia Eagles, which gave the Chiefs the … more
It’s birthday month in our home, a time when four of the five of us flip the page that welcomes a new year and a new number. When you throw in Mother’s Day, end-of-year events, new … more
In 1968, Paul Ehrlich wrote a book titled “The Population Bomb.” In it he predicted that hundreds of millions of people would starve to death in the 1970s and 80s due to overpopulation. … more
Mother’s Day gives us a chance to reflect on the meaning of motherhood. God created man and woman as complementary with each other. It should be no surprise that there would be similarities … more
The world always needs Mary. It needs her example; it needs her holiness; and it needs her powerful prayers. But a good case can be made that, in the midst of the disorder, division and confusion … more
We recently celebrated “Divine Mercy Sunday.” What look like rays of light, red and blue, symbolize blood and water: Eucharist and Baptism. This image brings us back to the Cross. The … more
One erroneous narrative argues that the Church’s “preeminent priority” of combating abortion conflicts with its concern for the other social issues. This narrative treats the … more
Everyone needs a role model. Having had the privilege of living and serving with Bishop-elect Ruggieri for almost four years while co-ministering to the parishioners of St. Patrick and St. Michael … more
Amid turmoil and trials, pain and suffering, war and violence, poverty and disease, our world needs a reminder of the hope of the Resurrection, which we just celebrated with exultant joy this Easter. … more
Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan was a Catholic bishop in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City), who was imprisoned for his faith in 1975 by the Communist government of Vietnam. He spent the next 13 years of … more
Most people don’t think in terms of Easter spirit. Yet the Easter season is a time that is filled with a spirit of joy and hope. During the 50 days between Easter Sunday and Pentecost Sunday, … more
Five weeks ago, we stood in the church and received ashes. We were reminded of our mortality, our sinfulness and our need for penance and prayer. Those ashes were the remnant of Palm Sunday branches … more
It wouldn’t be St. Joseph’s Day without Zeppole. Many Rhode islanders partake of this tasty treat once a year (even those who gave up sweets for Lent, since fasting is not obligatory on a … more
On March 19, the Church observes the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It’s one of the few times we get a foretaste of the liturgy’s more palpable delights … more
The anger or wrath of God is a concept — an idea — that confuses many people. And that’s understandable. After all, St. John explicitly tells us in his first letter that “God … more
  A discussion among practicing Catholics occurred in a social media group, inevitably landing on current divisions between Catholics — those who would describe themselves as … more
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