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Atop the Via Veneto in Rome sits one of the strangest – and most macabre – displays of baroque architecture dating to the 17th century. The aptly named “bone church,” or … more
When was the first Thanksgiving, and where was it celebrated? Ask any fifth- or sixth-grader that question, and he or she will probably respond by saying, “1621, in Plymouth, … more
The year was 1938, and the French Catholic philosopher Jacques Maritain delivered a powerful radio address against antisemitism, as relevant today as it was then. His words, spoken in the shadow of … more
The armistice began at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month. It marked the general end of hostilities of World War I and the beginning of peace negotiations. To this day, we … more
The Twilight Zone episode “A Nice Place to Visit” aired on April 15, 1960. In his signature style, Rod Sterling narrated the predicament of a thief named Rocky. During one of his … more
On the fiftieth anniversary of his priestly ordination, Pope Saint John Paul II described every vocation as a “gift and mystery.” As Catholics in this nation observe “National … more
In the movie, “Schindler’s List,” Amon Goeth, the commandant of the Nazi labor camp, took a young, Jewish girl to be his personal maidservant. At one point in the film, this girl … more
Over the past weekend the terrorist organization Hamas launched a series of attacks from the Gaza Strip into Israel. The attacks have been rightly condemned and we pray for peace in the Middle East. … more
Mainstream news outlets reported that the pope may allow blessings of same-sex relationships, based on his recent comments stating that “pastoral prudence must adequately discern whether there … more
By Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan In our preparation for the Synod, here in the Archdiocese of New York, close to 7,000 people accepted our invitation to attend listening sessions or respond online … more
On September 7 it was announced that never-before-seen documents have been recently discovered in the archives of the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. These documents indicate that, during the … more
    Last November, along with four other of my brother bishops, I was elected as a delegate to the international Synod on Synodality, which will take up the entire month of … more
We read in history books about the persecutions of Christians in the early centuries. But we would be mistaken to think that such persecution only existed in the past. Just last week a seminarian in … more
“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.” As God, Jesus knows everything. So, when he delivered these words to … more
Too often lately, it feels like the offices from which we’ve historically taken our cues — our political and community leadership, the punditry, local authorities and even some church … more
Physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer’s role in the development of the atomic bomb is the subject matter of a recently released feature film that bears the physicist’s surname. The movie has … more
I recently had the chance to make my first official “at-home” Eucharistic pilgrimage. It was a torrentially rainy day in Chicago — as a matter of fact, if you had a basement, there … more
I can remember driving through Narragansett in the backseat of my parents’ car and seeing a strange van passing by with peculiar images draped across the sides. Even though I don’t … more
On a cool Roman morning in November of 1998, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin arrived at the Apostolic Palace for his ad limina audience with the pope. John Paul II named the now 50-year-old Tobin a bishop six … more
In a scene from George Orwell’s “1984,” an interrogator tells the protagonist Winston Smith: “In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would … more
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