Nine Catholics nominated to Cabinet-level jobs in Biden administration Ibram X. Kendi speaks on antiracism at annual Loyola University MLK Convocation U.S. bishops’ pro-life chair calls plan to codify Roe in federal law ‘tragic’ Poet Amanda Gorman is a light to us all, parishioner says Baltimore Archdiocese’s Life is Beautiful Mass honors Alvaré, Clarksville couple Local News Ibram X. Kendi speaks on antiracism at annual Loyola University MLK Convocation Lily Gretz January 26, 2021 Kendi sees the effect of the pandemic on Black people as but just one example of how systemic racism is a threat to a whole people. It’s another reason the nation must dismantle racist policies. Sister Marie Dolores Beck dies at 85 Catholic Review Staff January 26, 2021 Sister Marie Dolores Beck, a Sister of the Good Shepherd who ministered for decades at the Good Shepherd Center in Halethorpe, died Jan. 5. She was 85. Baltimore Archdiocese’s Life is Beautiful Mass honors Alvaré, Clarksville couple Karen Sampson Hoffman January 25, 2021 “We gather to celebrate and to give thanks for the gift of human life and to proclaim and give thanks for its beauty,” Archbishop Lori said, “and to honor those who are apostles and missionaries of the message that life is beautiful.” Father Bonadio, Sulpician known for pastoral warmth, dies at 83 Paul McMullen January 22, 2021 Sulpician Father Joseph J. Bonadio, who shared his gift for homiletics with seminarians and served his home parish of St. Francis of Assisi in Mayfield, a retirement community and a college with great warmth, died Jan. 20 from complications of COVID-19. More Local News World News Nine Catholics nominated to Cabinet-level jobs in Biden administration Mark Pattison January 26, 2021 In what may be an all-time high, President Joe Biden has nominated nine Catholics to serve in his Cabinet. U.S. bishops’ pro-life chair calls plan to codify Roe in federal law ‘tragic’ Catholic News Service January 25, 2021 The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee called it “deeply disturbing and tragic” that any U.S. president would mark the Jan. 22 anniversary of the Roe decision that legalized abortion by praising it and committing to codifying it in law. Poet Amanda Gorman is a light to us all, parishioner says Catholic News Service January 25, 2021 Long before she burst into the public spotlight delivering her inauguration poem, Amanda Gorman got a standing ovation from fellow parishioners of St. Brigid Church in Los Angeles for reciting a poem she wrote about the Josephite parish. Bishops say order on LBGTQ equality has implications for religious liberty Julie Asher January 25, 2021 President Joe Biden’s wide-ranging executive order to extend existing federal nondiscrimination protections to LGBTQ people exceeds the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2020 ruling on the issue in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, said the chairmen of five U.S. bishops’ committees. More World News Commentary Does Holy Name Society still exist?/ Praying for all the dead Father Kenneth Doyle January 26, 2021 Father Doyle fields questions about the Holy Name Society and praying for the dead. Names for public spaces matter Shannen Dee Williams January 26, 2021 As our nation and church continue to suffer the lethal effects of their ongoing failures to fully acknowledge and atone for centuries of slavery and segregation, the new Norman Francis Parkway is an important beacon of hope. Cookies from a friend in heaven, losing the lottery, and more (7 Quick Takes) Rita Buettner January 23, 2021 The cookies are a beautiful reminder that the end of life on earth doesn’t mean the end of a friendship. A saint’s two crowns Father Ed Dougherty, M.M. January 21, 2021 Many people falsely believe that human strength is at the heart of heroism, but Maximilian Kolbe’s life demonstrates that the path to true heroism begins with humility. Christ ‘descended into hell’/ Holy Family: Egypt or Nazareth? Father Kenneth Doyle January 21, 2021 Father Doyle fields questions about Christ’s ‘descent into hell’ and the Flight into Egypt. More Commentary Featured Video Pope Francis spoke about Word of God Sunday during his weekly Angelus address Jan. 24.