Baltimore City limits church attendance Pope names six women to previously all-male Council for Economy Pandemic turns REAL for Libertytown youth volunteers Vatican says baptisms that used a modified formula are not valid Knights pilgrimage center will focus on founder’s spirituality, charity Local News Baltimore City limits church attendance Christopher Gunty August 6, 2020 Catholic parishes in Baltimore City expressed concern about the executive order Aug. 6 by Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young that tightened restrictions for indoor venues, including religious services. Pandemic turns REAL for Libertytown youth volunteers Kevin J. Parks August 6, 2020 During the week-long outreach, 33 volunteers worked at five job sites including a home in New Windsor. GIVEN, Baltimore Archdiocese host prescreening of ‘Fatima’ despite incoming storm Rus VanWestervelt August 5, 2020 The event, coordinated by Rachel Harkins Ullmann, GIVEN’s executive director, sold out in 48 hours to local parishioners and families from as far as Washington, D.C. Maryland governor overturns directive delaying school opening Richard Szczepanowski August 5, 2020 The Archdiocese of Washington and its Catholic Schools Office hailed the Aug. 3 emergency order by Maryland’s governor to override a Montgomery County Health Department blanket directive that would have kept nonpublic schools from reopening for in-person instruction through at least Oct. 1. More Local News World News Pope names six women to previously all-male Council for Economy Cindy Wooden August 6, 2020 Renewing the membership of the Vatican Council for the Economy, Pope Francis named six women to the previously all-male board that oversees the financial operations of all Vatican offices and entities. Vatican says baptisms that used a modified formula are not valid Carol Glatz August 6, 2020 Changing the words of the formula for baptism render the sacrament invalid, said the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Knights pilgrimage center will focus on founder’s spirituality, charity Catholic News Service August 5, 2020 A new Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center planned by the Knights of Columbus will focus on “the spirituality and charitable vision of our founder and his legacy,” said Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson in announcing the new center Aug. 4. Catholic leaders call for prayers, help after massive Beirut blasts Dale Gavlak August 5, 2020 Lebanese were reeling after a massive explosion at Beirut’s port destroyed homes, businesses and livelihoods across the capital, and Catholic leaders immediately took action and called for international support. More World News Commentary Sacred Routine Father T. Austin Murphy Jr. August 5, 2020 We need order and a sense of safety – now more than ever. Mass and other elements of our faith help to provide that. Enjoy the routine! Grievance and Civil Rights John Walsh August 5, 2020 We must reset our bearings as a nation so that our collective future is not just whatever happens next but a conscious pursuit of our national credo: one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. God found me on the Atlantic City Expressway Suzanna Molino Singleton August 4, 2020 God finds us as he needs us … or rather, as we need him. Let’s continue to browse the appropriate channels of life, tune him in, turn up the volume, and sit back and listen. The new nothing-but-normal Rita Buettner August 3, 2020 “This is the new normal,” people say about this pandemic time. But we do not have to accept the current situation as the new normal. Birthday reflections, schooling prep, and St. Ignatius (7 Quick Takes) Rita Buettner August 1, 2020 I’ve been hoping to get a handheld mirror for the days when our deck becomes a barber shop for our family. More Commentary Featured Video For Pontifical Universities in Rome, like educational institutions across the globe, tough choices about reopening in the fall are rapidly approaching.