San Antonio archbishop says exploitation of poor, migrants is ‘grave’ Shrine plans museum renovation and new visitor center to enhance story of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Survivor of monastery shooting says answer to violence is ‘to grow in love’ Australian council in crisis after motions fail to get enough bishop votes Women’s voices: Pope says he’ll add women to Dicastery for Bishops Local News Shrine plans museum renovation and new visitor center to enhance story of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Gerry Jackson July 7, 2022 A $4 million investment has been made to renovate the museum and build a new visitors center at the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg. Synod process hears from thousands Christopher Gunty July 6, 2022 Leaders of the Archdiocese of Baltimore have been doing a lot of listening over the last several months as part of the global synod process. ‘All the desires of my heart’: Vocation to religious life fostered at St. Mary in Hagerstown Erik Zygmont July 5, 2022 Sister Isabelle Maina of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis of Penance, who professed her first vows June 21 at the Our Lady of Sorrows Monastery in Toronto, Ohio, says she began to feel the stirrings of her vocation as a youngster at St. Mary Catholic School in Hagerstown. RADIO INTERVIEW: The state of the nation Catholic Review Staff July 4, 2022 Is the United States of America in a healthy place politically and socially as we approach Independence Day 2022? Political scientist Michael Towle, a professor at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg doesn’t think so. Catholic Review editor Christopher Gunty talks with Dr. Towle about where we went wrong and whether we can heal as… More Local News World News San Antonio archbishop says exploitation of poor, migrants is ‘grave’ Rhina Guidos July 7, 2022 San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller in a recent homily railed on smugglers as well as the injustices toward immigrants, referring to the June 27 deaths of 53 people in a sweltering cargo section of an abandoned semitruck near San Antonio as they were being smuggled into the country. Survivor of monastery shooting says answer to violence is ‘to grow in love’ Jay Nies July 6, 2022 “God forgive me, I hope he’s in heaven,” Benedictine Father Kenneth Reichert said about the man who entered Conception Abbey 20 years ago, pointed a semi-automatic MAK-90 rifle at him and fired twice. Australian council in crisis after motions fail to get enough bishop votes Catholic News Service July 6, 2022 The agenda for the Second Assembly of Australia’s Plenary Council was disrupted July 6 after more than 60 of the 277 members staged a protest over issues regarding women in the church, including the defeat of a motion to formalize support for the ordination of women as deacons. China deploys hundreds of auditors to monitor religious activities online Catholic News Service July 6, 2022 The Chinese Communist Party is seeking to expand its apparatus to monitor and curb religious activities in cyberspace through training and deploying hundreds of “auditors” across the country, triggering concerns from rights groups. More World News Commentary Skating through life Rita Buettner July 6, 2022 I walked to the counter and paid to rent a pair of skates and put them on. Baltimore’s strongman George P. Matysek Jr. July 5, 2022 Antone Matysek’s most-famous stunt, which he performed on the Vaudeville stage, was hoisting three men over his head with one arm as they pedaled vainly on a custom-made bicycle outfitted with added weights. Pretzels, treats and reflections during a staycation (7 Quick Takes) Rita Buettner July 2, 2022 I took this past week off from work for a sort of staycation with my boys. When life gives you lemons, serve ice cream cake Rita Buettner July 1, 2022 Sometimes when life gives you lemons, you push them down the garbage disposal and make your own fun. What would the baby choose? Father Joseph Breighner July 1, 2022 We want to be pro-life. We want to be pro-kindness! More Commentary Featured Video Call for creativity: On the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, Pope Francis called for Gospel creativity, not formalism.