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Parishioner’s award becomes St. Agnes Hospital’s gain
May 24 2007
When Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, Homeland, parishioner Albert “Skip” Counselman was awarded a lifetime achievement award from a Hartford, Conn.-based insurance firm, it was St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore that took the big-cash reward. Travelers – the nation’s second-largest writer of property and casualty insurance – gave the Caton Avenue hospital a $10,000 check, because Mr. Counselman serves as its chairman of the board and it was his charity of choice, said Jay Fishman, chairman and chief executive officer of Travelers. The 59-year-old Cockeysville resident is the president and CEO of Riggs, Counselman, Michaels & Downes, Inc., one of the leading 100 insurance and risk management agency/brokerage firms in the U.S. and headquartered in Baltimore.

Abbey says it exceeds guidelines for hens
Feb 25 2007
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Mepkin Abbey in Moncks Corner has released a statement saying the Trappist order meets and exceeds guidelines for egg production in the United States. The statement came after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Feb. 20 accused the order of torturing its laying hens. On its Web site PETA posted a video of the abbey’s farm, taken without the monks’ knowledge, and written accusations of mistreatment.

Vatican paper hits new Iraq executions
Jan 16 2007
VATICAN CITY – The Vatican newspaper criticized continuing executions in Iraq as a “cruel manipulation” of justice and said the country is veering in the wrong direction. The comments on the front page of L’Osservatore Romano Jan. 15 followed the gruesome hanging of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s half-brother, who was decapitated by the hangman’s noose when his body dropped through the gallows floor.

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  Chris Gunty has an exclusive interview with Archbishop William E. Lori.

Archbishop William E. Lori, Baltimore's 16th archbishop, shares his priorities and thoughts with the Catholic Review.