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‘Hate eats you inside’: 95-year-old Holocaust survivor speaks at John Carroll
Dec 05 2006
Georges Selzer stood naked in the snow when guards at the Auschwitz death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland tattooed a camp number on his left forearm: 101100. Standing at a podium more than six decades later, the 95-year-old Jewish Holocaust survivor calmly unbuttoned and rolled up his left sleeve to show some 30 students at The John Carroll School in Bel Air the deep purple digits that remain emblazoned on his body and in his soul.

1st Northeast Baltimore Spanish Mass attracts more than expected
Dec 05 2006
Maria Santini of Parkville received an early Christmas present during her weekly visit to St. Michael the Archangel, Overlea. Dec. 3 – a Mass celebrated in her native Spanish language The Venezuelan-born parishioner of the church joined her two daughters and bilingual husband, along with more than 100 fellow Spanish-speaking Catholics, for the parish’s first Mass articulated in this language.

Good Shepherd Sisters devote lives to prayer, helping women
Nov 23 2006
In a fast-paced age of cell phones, digital television and rampant consumerism, seven Contemplative Sisters of the Good Shepherd live quite different lives at their Baltimore convent.

Father Karoor’s new novel tells tale of the early church
Jul 20 2006
When Father Isaac Karoor was growing up in Kerala, India, he was put off by the way he saw women treated.

Armless guitarist strums message of hope
Jan 24 2006
Tony Melendez calls it the kiss that changed his life.

Good Shepherd Center plans leadership change
Dec 08 2005
Sister Mary Rosaria Baxter, R. G. S., is stepping down as president of Good Shepherd Center in Halethorpe after 16 years leading the residential treatment facility for adolescent girls with emotional and behavioral difficulties of a psychiatric nature.

James Goettsche, Vatican organist, pulls out all the stops
Sep 22 2005
When he was a 13-year-old boy at Conception Seminary in Missouri, James Goettsche often slipped out of bed after midnight and secretly made his way into a nearby church.

Father Bauer, Orioles' chaplain, goes to bat for God and the O's
Aug 12 2004
Father John Bauer was looking for a cold drink on a hot day at the ballpark when God threw him a curveball.

Reporter's notebook: Martin Sheen says Gospel values needed now more than ever
Dec 19 2002
The congregation that packed St. Peter Claver Church for Philip Berrigan's funeral Dec. 9 was slowly making its way onto ice-covered streets of West Baltimore when I spotted the president of the United States standing outside the 114-year-old brick building.

Philip Berrigan praised as ‘prophet of peace’ at Baltimore funeral Mass
Dec 12 2002
Hundreds of people marched through the troubled, poverty-stricken streets of west Baltimore Dec. 9 to celebrate the life of controversial Catholic peace activist Philip Francis Berrigan.