Verify before sharing ‘news,’ pope says in Communications Day message Priests finding solace in sacred may be vulnerable to mafias, priest says Cockeysville choir records musical tribute to ‘blessed’ namesake saint Sandra and Malcolm Berman donate to support University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center’s Heart Institute Loyola Maryland, other Catholic colleges will require COVID-19 vaccinations in fall Local News Archdiocese relaxes social distancing for Masses Christopher Gunty May 14, 2021 The Archdiocese of Baltimore announced parishes would be allowed to reduce social distancing in churches from 6 feet to 3 feet. Cockeysville choir records musical tribute to ‘blessed’ namesake saint Daniel Zawodny May 13, 2021 Pope Francis’ apostolic letter and announcement of the Year of St. Joseph inspired Alvarado Flores, who wanted to create a song to venerate a saint for whom he holds special admiration. Sandra and Malcolm Berman donate to support University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center’s Heart Institute Catholic Review Staff May 13, 2021 Baltimore philanthropists Sandra and Malcolm Berman have made what hospital leaders called “a transformational commitment” to the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center in support of the Towson hospital’s cardiac program. Loyola Maryland, other Catholic colleges will require COVID-19 vaccinations in fall Carol Zimmermann May 13, 2021 Many colleges will require their students to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and some schools also are mandating that staff and faculty members be vaccinated. More Local News World News Verify before sharing ‘news,’ pope says in Communications Day message Cindy Wooden May 14, 2021 In the age of instant communications and fake news, journalists — like everyone else — need to recover the practice of going out and verifying information before they share it, Pope Francis said. Priests finding solace in sacred may be vulnerable to mafias, priest says Carol Glatz May 14, 2021 Young members of the clergy who are tempted to avoid the complex realities of the world — finding solace and safety instead in the sacred — can be vulnerable to the illusions of the mafia, said the priest heading a new department on the Mafia and other criminal networks. President of Santa Clara University resigns due to inappropriate behavior Carol Zimmermann May 13, 2021 Jesuit Father Kevin O’Brien, president of California’s Santa Clara University, announced his resignation following reports of inappropriate behavior, university officials said May 12. Movie Review: ‘Here Today’ John Mulderig May 13, 2021 In adapting his script partner Alan Zweibel’s short story “The Prize” into the seriocomedy “Here Today,” director and co-writer Billy Crystal sets out to blend breezy humor with poignant drama. Unfortunately, the film falls flat in both respects. More World News Commentary Pope and grand ayatollah/Is feeding tube necessary? Father Kenneth Doyle May 13, 2021 Father Kenneth Doyle fields questions about the Grand Ayatolla and the necessity of feeding tubes. Tra-la, it’s May, and it’s a bit much Rita Buettner May 12, 2021 Everything bursts into bloom in the spring. The grass is greener, the bushes are bursting with color, and buttercups are popping up on the neighborhood lawns. It’s such a beautiful time of abundance. Much as I love spring, though, I also find it to be tiring. May always seems to… My little friend Sam Effie Caldarola May 11, 2021 Why did so many people want to eat with Jesus? Not because he was a dour, intense lecturer, but probably because he was a great conversationalist and debater. And where better to engage in a debate about Scripture, law and current events than around a dinner table? Fifty years a priest Father Joseph Breighner May 11, 2021 I invite you to celebrate this anniversary of my ordination by inviting God into the silence of your life, by reading the Scriptures and sharing in the Eucharist. Badminton and counting down to summertime (7 Quick Takes) Rita Buettner May 8, 2021 The school year can end anytime, so we can kick off summer vacation. More Commentary Featured Video Under the gaze of a seventh-century icon of Mary, Pope Francis launched a monthlong, global recitation of the rosary, pleading for Mary’s intercession for the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.