Gregory Farno appointed new archdiocesan schools chancellor Loving service is best evangelization, pope tells Franciscans Pope says he has serious bronchial infection Pope asks theologians to help ‘de-masculinize’ the church A decade later, Pope Francis’ ‘Evangelii Gaudium’ continues to resonate Local News Gregory Farno appointed new archdiocesan schools chancellor Christopher Gunty November 30, 2023 Archbishop William E. Lori announced Nov. 30 that Gregory A. Farno will join the Archdiocese of Baltimore as chancellor of education, effective Jan. 17, 2024. Farno retired in October as regional president for the Maryland Region of Truist Financial Corporation. Prior to his tenure at Truist, he held various positions at SunTrust Bank, including president,… St. Maria Goretti Regional Catholic High School confirms closure George P. Matysek Jr. November 29, 2023 Determining that it is not feasible to keep St. Maria Goretti Regional Catholic High School open as an independent Catholic school, leaders of the Hagerstown school announced Nov. 28 that the coeducational institution will close at the end of the 2023-24 academic year. Hope and Promise: Catholic Charities marks centennial, honors long-time director Christopher Gunty November 29, 2023 As Catholic Charities of Maryland marked its 100th anniversary with a gala dinner Nov. 9, it was fitting that a major award was given to Harold A. “Hal” Smith, who led the agency for a third of its history. Sister Mary Jean Aulenback, former nurse at Bon Secours, dies at 93 Catholic Review Staff November 28, 2023 Bon Secours Sister Mary Jean Aulenback, who served as a nurse in Baltimore and managed her order’s bookstore at its Marriottsville headquarters, died Nov. 17 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. More Local News World News Loving service is best evangelization, pope tells Franciscans Cindy Wooden November 30, 2023 Embracing poverty and modeling a fraternity that accepts everyone as a brother or sister, members of Franciscan orders are called to go out into the world and witness how the Gospel truly is good news for everyone and for the planet, Pope Francis said. Pope says he has serious bronchial infection Catholic News Service November 30, 2023 At the brief meeting with participants in a seminar on the ethics of health care management, the pope said he was suffering from a “bronchial condition. Thank God it was not pneumonia,” but he said it was a very serious bronchial infection. Pope asks theologians to help ‘de-masculinize’ the church Cindy Wooden November 30, 2023 Asking pardon for speaking plainly, Pope Francis told members of the International Theological Commission that “one of the great sins we have had is ‘masculinizing’ the church,” which also can be seen by the fact that only five of the commission members are women. A decade later, Pope Francis’ ‘Evangelii Gaudium’ continues to resonate Maria Wiering November 30, 2023 Released 10 years ago Nov. 24, the document’s message is as relevant as ever, several theologians and evangelization experts told OSV News. More World News Commentary How do we win the abortion battle? Maybe like this. Greg Erlandson November 30, 2023 What the pro-life movement in general, and unfortunately even the church, has not done is to campaign convincingly for what replaces the “safety net” of abortion in the voters’ minds. Friday abstinence: Getting to the meat of the matter Emily Stimpson Chapman November 30, 2023 Abstaining from meat is still the U.S. bishops’ stated preference for how Catholics should observe Fridays. Question Corner: Baptismal records, earthly sufferings and Purgatory Jenna Marie Cooper November 29, 2023 The diocesan chancery office would have access to maps of parish territorial boundaries, and would also be familiar with any “quirks” of local sacramental record-keeping. A masterpiece on my windshield Rita Buettner November 27, 2023 I went outside, slipped into the driver’s seat, and glanced up to discover that the windshield was covered. Instead of the frost I’m used to seeing, however, the glass was enveloped in a beautiful, delicate pattern of ice. Thanksgiving Food Stories (7 Quick Tastes) Rita Buettner November 24, 2023 Sometimes when we’re planning the Thanksgiving menu, someone will say, “But of course, it’s not about the food.” It’s about being together. Yes, yes, naturally. But the food stories tell us so much about the traditions and the people we love. More Commentary Featured Video Pope Francis, who was suffering from what the Vatican initially described as “flu-like” symptoms, was unable to deliver his Angelus address Nov. 26 from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter’s Square. Instead, he sat in the chapel of his Vatican residence, where an aide read the message on his behalf. The pope, who will turn 87 next month, explained his absence due to lung inflammation, which was causing respiratory difficulties. However, he was able to give his blessing via livestream to those gathered in St. Peter’s Square.