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In his homeland, pope to face growing secularism, some protests
Sep 17 2011
VATICAN CITY – In the days leading to Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to his homeland Sept. 22-25, German media were asking whether the pope would feel at home in the country he left 30 years ago.

Knights of Holy Sepulcher welcome Archbishop O’Brien in ceremony
Sep 16 2011
VATICAN CITY – Officials at the Vatican headquarters of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem welcomed U.S. Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien as their new pro-grand master.

Tridentine Mass in Hagerstown speaks to ‘majesty of the church’
Sep 14 2011
HAGERSTOWN – A 13-year-old girl with pink hair, black fingernails, a shiny silver belt and a hip-hop cap sat two pews in front of an elderly woman with a black veil over her head during a special Tridentine Mass celebrated Sept. 11 at St. Mary in Hagerstown.

Coaches, fans describe joy of hockey as Caps come to town
Sep 13 2011
Ice hockey might be fast-paced and even brutal at times, but the winter sport has elicited a warm response from fans and players.

Amarillo bishop suspends Father Pavone’s activities outside the diocese
Sep 13 2011
Note: This article has been updated throughout. The bishop of Amarillo, Texas, has suspended Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, from public ministry outside the Diocese of Amarillo, effective Sept. 13, and is calling him back to the diocese to spend time in prayer and reflection.

9/11 in Rome: Baltimore pastor was seminarian at Pontifical North American College
Sep 08 2011
On the second day of the new semester at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Father Michael DeAscanis and fellow seminarians were taking a mid-afternoon walk in the courtyard.

Cardinal Foley sheds light on archbishop’s new role
Sep 06 2011
The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher may provide support for the bricks-and-mortar holy places in the Holy Land, but just as important – maybe more so – is its support for the living stones in the region, the living descendants of the original followers of Christ, says the recently retired head of the order.

Some say it’s too early to know ramifications of lockout at WYD vigil
Sep 03 2011
TORONTO – Alan Law wanted to know why the gates were closed so early at Cuatro Vientos airbase on the eve of the papal vigil at World Youth Day. So he posed this question on the wall for the official World Youth Day Facebook group, run by event organizers.

Young people show faith is universal and new
Sep 01 2011
I don’t look at the Catholic Church the same anymore.

Six generations of love
Sep 01 2011
Entering Mount Providence chapel to begin the long walk to the altar, Oblate Sister of Providence Mary Alice Chineworth appeared as radiant as any young bride one has ever witnessed. Supported on the arms of her nephew and grandnephew, Sister Alice walked slowly, taking in the beautiful music, the smiling faces of the assembled and the scent of the lush floral arrangements sent by dear friends as a special tribute. At just 94 years young, this was the moment she and the Oblates had been planning for many months, celebrating Sister Alice’s jubilant 75 years of religious life.