Bishops address concern over Johnson & Johnson vaccine’s abortion link RADIO INTERVIEW: How to pick a Bible translation Homebound, Operation CRS Rice Bowl nonetheless raises awareness of hunger COVID-19 bill OK’d without Hyde language to prevent funding of abortion Father John Lesnick, known for compassionate outreach, dies at 71 Local News RADIO INTERVIEW: How to pick a Bible translation Catholic Review Staff March 2, 2021 Dr. Mark Giszczak, Associate Professor of Sacred Scripture with the Denver-based Augustine Institute, speaks about the differing approaches scholars have taken to translating the Bible over the centuries. Homebound, Operation CRS Rice Bowl nonetheless raises awareness of hunger Mary K. Tilghman March 2, 2021 In the Archdiocese of Baltimore, 37 parishes are participating in Catholic Relief Service’s Operation Rice Bowl this year. Father John Lesnick, known for compassionate outreach, dies at 71 George P. Matysek Jr. March 1, 2021 Father Lesnick, remembered by friends and parishioners for his compassion, a heart-felt concern for helping others grow in holiness and a quiet, unassuming ministry, died Feb. 26. He was 71 and had previously suffered from heart problems and prostate cancer. He had led the small Carroll County faith community since 2015. Deacon Davis, who served Overlea parish for decades, dies at 84 Paul McMullen February 26, 2021 “He ended up mentoring a lot of people,” Father Proffitt said. “He met people where they were. He was one of those deacons who got people past the idea that ‘we have to have a priest for a wedding or a baptism.’ Even in retirement, he continued to faithfully serve the community.” More Local News World News Bishops address concern over Johnson & Johnson vaccine’s abortion link Catholic News Service March 2, 2021 Use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, approved Feb. 27 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, raises moral concerns because it was “was developed, tested and is produced with abortion-derived cell lines,” the chairmen of two U.S. bishops’ committees said March 2. COVID-19 bill OK’d without Hyde language to prevent funding of abortion Julie Asher March 2, 2021 On the House floor ahead of the vote — which came at 2 in the morning (EST) — Rep. Chris Smith, N.J., criticized Pelosi and the House Rules Committee for refusing to allow a vote on an amendment to add language to the bill “to ensure that taxpayers aren’t forced to subsidize abortion,” as provided by the long-standing Hyde Amendment. Gomez: U.S. bishops’ working group set up last November completes work Julie Asher March 2, 2021 A special working group of the U.S. bishops formed last November to deal with conflicts that could arise between the policies of President Joe Biden, a Catholic, and church teaching has completed its work, Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez said in a March 1 memo to all the U.S. bishops. In interview, pope says he will remain in Rome until death Junno Arocho Esteves March 1, 2021 Pope Francis said he believes he will die in Rome, either in office or retired, and will not be buried in his native Argentina. More World News Commentary We need rituals to mourn Laura Kelly Fanucci March 2, 2021 Theologians and liturgists praise the power of rituals at the core of our faith. Rhythms of prayer and traditions of worship orient our lives toward God and set a solid foundation in an ever-shifting world. This Lent, risk prayer Father Richard Malloy, S.J. March 1, 2021 Don’t underestimate yourself. God has need of the talents you have been given. Prayer shows us how to use and multiply our gifts. A Lent full of promise, steak success, cooking with children, and more (7 Quick Takes) Rita Buettner February 27, 2021 This Lent holds a different kind of hope and promise. Archbishop Lori reflects on the Year of St. Joseph Archbishop William E. Lori February 26, 2021 St. Joseph’s example and intercession should encourage each of us to do our part in building up the household of the Church by a spirit of prayer, by a willing spirit of service, and by our witness to Christ. Reason for celibacy/ Blessing for non-sacramental marriage? Father Kenneth Doyle February 25, 2021 Father Doyle fields questions about reason for celibacy in the priesthood and a blessing for non-sacramental marriages. More Commentary Featured Video A Mercy Medical Center hospital chaplain talks about the emotional toll the coronavirus pandemic has taken on her and the spiritual lessons it’s brought to her ministry.