| Sep 19, 2013
| 6:45 PM
ROME — In an extraordinary, wide-ranging interview, Pope Francis expressed frustration that the Catholic Church is “obsessed” with issues such as abortion, homosexuality and contraception, and called instead for a focus on healing and mercy.
| Sep 15, 2013
| 11:18 AM
A colleague writes to complain about a point of AP style: the insistence that A.D. should precede rather than follow a year, which he finds outrageously archaic.
It is the traditional usage. A.D. is an abbreviation for "in the year of the Lord,", so...
| Mar 19, 2013
| 11:29 AM
By coincidence, last Easter I was in St. Peter's Square in Rome as Pope Benedict XVI delivered what turned out to be his final Easter Mass as head of the Catholic Church. A week from Sunday, the new pope will deliver his first.
Expectations for Pope...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 11:49 AM
"In the air," she said. "In the clouds," was his answer. These were the responses when Catonsville residents Rosemarie Walsmann, 85, and her husband Manfred Walsmann, 83, were asked how they met nearly 60 years ago.
He was 25. She was 27.
He was going...
| Apr 29, 2013
| 3:00 AM
It was wholly a pleasure to get your thoughts about the current debate over illegal immigrants and how to approach the nettlesome challenge they represent to us -- and we to them.
It was good of you to rehearse some classical history for...