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'Everyone loves a baby.' Apparently Not!

Can you pass a baby in a stroller and not smile? Chances are you can't. There is an international truism (translation: we have no solid data here) that claims that as a species, humans reflectively grin at an infant. Check on yourself the next time you're at the grocery store, or the mall or pass a mother and infant on the street. Then, watch how others respond to them.

The CRS Rice Bowl program changes lives

In parishes across the United States and especially here in the Archdiocese of Boston, the season of Lent offers the opportunity to learn more about our neighbors living across oceans and hemispheres, thanks to Catholic Relief Services (CRS).

Cardinal Cushing speaks on the legacy of St. Patrick

On March 13, 1954, then Archbishop Richard J. Cushing gave an address to the Ladies Auxiliary of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, highlighting the impact of St. Patrick upon Irish Catholics.

The Glory in Sight

In today's Gospel, we go up to the mountain with Peter, John, and James. There we see Jesus "transfigured," speaking with Moses and Elijah about His "exodus."

The discriminatory history of anti-school choice amendments

''Man proposes and God disposes," begins the best-selling 1885 "Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant."

This means WAR

War is hell. So, as far as I'm concerned, is WAR. WAR, or Wins Above Replacement, is the chic, in-style statistic used to determine a baseball player's total value to his team. I thought it would be a good idea to look into how a player's WAR is determined, so the other day I googled it.

Bishops’ Conference Committee Chairman Welcomes Governor of California’s Declaration of Moratorium on Death Penalty

WASHINGTON—After California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a moratorium on executions, Bishop FrankJ. Dewane of Venice, FL, Chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, expressed gratitude for the decision as a step to further the recognition of the inherent dignity of all human life.

The full statement follows:

"We join the California Catholic Conference and all people of good will in welcomingCalifornia Governor Gavin Newsom’s declaration issuing a moratorium on the use of the death penalty in his state. We are grateful and urge California lawmakers to take the next logical step to repeal the death penalty to bring a permanent end to this practice.  

“In his 2015 address to the U.S. Congress, Pope Francis called for 'the global abolition of the deathpenalty,' as he explained, 'I am convinced that this way is the best, since every life is sacred, every human person is endowed with an inalienable dignity, and society can only benefit from the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes. . . . [A] just andnecessary punishment must never exclude the dimension of hope and the goal of rehabilitation.' Today’s decision is a wise step in better orienting the criminal justice system to recognize the inherent dignity of all human life.”


Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Bishop Frank J. Dewane, Committee onDomestic Justice and Human Development, Governor Gavin Newsom, California Catholic Conference, death penalty, moratorium, U.S. Congress, Pope Francis, human person, inalienable dignity, rehabilitation, criminal justice system, inherent dignity

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DeVos allows religious groups to provide educational services

Washington D.C., Mar 13, 2019 CNA.- The Department of Education will no longer enforce a provision that forbids religious organizations from providing federally-funded educational services to private schools. The decision was announced in a March 11 letter addressed to congressional leadership.

Colorado baker asks for true tolerance, and an end to the spotlight

Denver, Colo., Mar 12, 2019 CNA.- A Colorado baker who became the focus of legal battles over religious freedom and same-sex marriage hopes his time in the spotlight is over after a Supreme Court victory last year and a resolution to a subsequent case.

California bishops applaud governor for moratorium on death penalty

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CNS) -- The Catholic bishops of California welcomed the March 13 decision by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.