Funeral Mass set for Cardinal Keeler

Jonathan M. Pitts

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Jonathan M. Pitts writes about religion, sports, music, medicine and the military – and anything else that touches on the human spirit -- for the Baltimore Sun. Since joining the paper in 1999, he has covered oyster shuckers and opera singers, Deadheads and D-Day vets, sauerkraut and the Scriptures and more, always seeking the enduring in the everyday. The co-author of Baseball Hall of Famer Whitey Herzog’s memoir, “You’re Missin’ a Great Game,” he’s a native of St. Louis and a graduate of Haverford College and the University of Missouri School of Journalism

Recent Articles

  • Funeral for Cardinal Keeler planned for March 28 in Baltimore

    Funeral for Cardinal Keeler planned for March 28 in Baltimore

    The Baltimore Archdiocese has announced that the funeral Mass for Cardinal William Henry Keeler, who died early Thursday, will be held at 2 p.m. on March 28, at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Homeland. Keeler's body will be received a day earlier, at 1 p.m. March 27, at the Basilica of the National...

  • Making art their business

    Tragedy struck Casina Rice's extended family hard two years ago when her nephew, Perry Costley, was killed in a drug deal gone wrong. But what struck her as equally tragic was what a relative discovered while cleaning out the young man's room: a cache of artwork and song lyrics he had never shared...

  • At Carroll competition, youths make art their business

    At Carroll competition, youths make art their business

    Tragedy struck Casina Rice's extended family hard two years ago when her nephew, Perry Costley, was killed in a drug deal gone wrong. But what struck her as equally tragic was what a relative discovered while cleaning out the young man's room: a cache of artwork and song lyrics he had never shared...

  • Roger Taney, Dred Scott families reconcile 160 years after infamous Supreme Court decision

    Roger Taney, Dred Scott families reconcile 160 years after infamous Supreme Court decision

    Kate Taney Billingsley grew up struggling with her family history. Her ancestor Roger B. Taney was the U.S. Supreme Court chief justice who wrote the Dred Scott decision, issued March 6, 1857, that ruled Congress could not regulate slavery and that blacks could not be considered U.S. citizens. She...

  • Former Army pilot recalls little-known WWII tragedy, the mates who didn't make it

    Former Army pilot recalls little-known WWII tragedy, the mates who didn't make it

    It promised to be an easy mission the morning of March 4, 1945 — or as easy as a long-range bombing raid inside Nazi territory in the waning weeks of World War II could be. The weather was perfect for the flight from Italy across the Alps into southern Austria. Army Air Force 2nd Lt. MacDonell Moore...

  • New CCBC planetarium echoes Banneker's vision

    New CCBC planetarium echoes Banneker's vision

    The ancient Greeks and Romans saw the stars Zeta Orionis, Epsilon Orionis and Delta Orionis as the belt of a hunter Orion, in battle against a giant bull, explained the astronomy instructor at the new Benjamin Banneker Planetarium in Catonsville. Native Americans saw those same stars as a quiver...

  • 'Homeless Jesus' finds its place in Baltimore

    'Homeless Jesus' finds its place in Baltimore

    Living in small-town Canada, Timothy P. Schmalz is usually sheltered from the societal ills that plague many major cities. So when he visited inner-city Toronto and happened on a homeless person sleeping on a park bench five years ago, the sight left him shaken. It also inspired him. Schmalz, a...

  • Spotlighting a press for older writers

    Spotlighting a press for older writers

    By any standard, Henry Morgenthau III has led an extraordinary life. His father, Henry Morgenthau Jr., was secretary of the treasury under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt during the Great Depression. His grandfather was the U.S. ambassador to the Ottoman Empire during World War I. And Morgenthau...

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