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Celebrating our technicolor glory

My wife and I moved from the Midwest to the East Coast a few years ago. There was a predictable amount of culture shock for both of us in leaving the manifest blessings of the Midwest: Housing prices (you can buy a palace for what a garage might cost elsewhere). Traffic (four drivers politely waving each other through at a four-way stop). Endless expanses of corn and soybeans (OK, those do get boring after a while, but they make current talk of tariffs affecting crop prices much more real).

Jesuit aims to stem decline of faith with launch of catechetical website

Jesuit Father Robert Spitzer, former president of Gonzaga University, launched a cutting-edge catechetical website to confront the rising tide of unbelief spurred by an increasingly skeptical, science-saturated society.

Provincial says Carmelite nuns in Aleppo live in ‘heroic situation’

Amid the destruction in war-torn Syria, a community of Discalced Carmelites in Aleppo perseveres in its mission of continuous prayer and help to families in need.

NY Times talks to men who got settlements after alleged abuse by cardinal

A front-page New York Times article published July 16 detailed the alleged abuse of two seminarians in the Diocese of Metuchen, New Jersey, by then-Bishop Theodore McCarrick in the 1980s that resulted in settlements to each man.

Tennessee’s Catholic bishops urge governor to halt upcoming executions

Bishops Mark Spalding of Nashville, Richard Stika of Knoxville and Martin Holley of Memphis have written to Gov. Bill Haslam urging him to "use your authority as governor to put an end to the fast-track executions planned" in the state of Tennessee in the upcoming months.

Learn from the past before looking to future, pope tells young people

The future cannot be understood without reflecting on the past and on the history and traditions passed on to young people from parents and grandparents, Pope Francis said.

Father Taphorn named new rector of St. Paul Seminary

“I am grateful to Archbishop Hebda and the seminary Board of Trustees for the opportunity to work with men who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood and forming those who God is calling to ordination,” Father Joseph Taphorn said in a July 16 statement.

If confirmed, Kavanaugh will keep Catholic majority in Supreme Court

When Brett Kavanaugh took to the podium July 9 at the White House after being introduced as President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, he revealed, among other things, that his Catholic faith is a big part of his life.

Seeking to support abbey, English monks brew ale — ‘seriously nice’

Cistercian monks have opened the first Trappist brewery in England and are selling thousands of bottles of beer every day.

After World War I, church changed mission approach, cardinal says

World War I and its aftermath changed the map of Europe, but also dismantled the notion of the "state church" in a way that forced the Catholic Church to discover again the authentic meaning of mission, said Cardinal Pietro Parolin.