| Apr 29, 2014
| 3:10 AM
Kathleen Schenking thought meeting a saint sounded like something from ancient times, but it happened to her, unknowingly, a quarter century ago.
The Street resident received a blessing from then-Pope John Paul II on her 22nd birthday, during a 1988...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 8:50 AM
"Lower Main Street To Get Renovation Try:
"The face of lower Ellicott City is in for a change; a change that will hopefully bring tourists into our historical town and will usher in a new burst of economic potential.
"A few months ago, John...
| Apr 21, 2014
| 7:00 AM
According to the Roman Missal of the Catholic Church, the Holy Thursday ceremony of the washing of the feet may include only "viri selecti" — selected men.
That is why Pope Francis raised ecclesiastical eyebrows when he continued his practice of...
| Apr 26, 2014
| 12:01 PM
The Rev. Gerald W. "Jerry" Weiss, a pastor of United Methodist churches in Maryland who enjoyed collecting and repairing antique clocks, died April 6 of heart failure at the Charlestown retirement community. He was 84.
"His use by God went beyond local...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 1:30 PM
Well before the sun comes up on Sunday, April 27, Carol Pacione expects to be in front of the television to watch the canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII. The Mass, presided over by Pope Francis, will be aired live from Rome, beginning at 3:...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 3:15 AM
A Sunday at St. Margaret Catholic Church in Bel Air is rarely low-key, and this past weekend was no exception.
People poured out of the packed sanctuary after the noon Mass, one of eight each weekend at St. Margaret and Saint Mary Magdalen Mission,...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 11:00 AM
The United Nations has decried the Vatican for not being transparent about the sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests, bishops and cardinals over the past few decades ("UN panels urges Vatican to turn over sex abusers to authorities," Feb. 5). Moreover,...
| Mar 4, 2014
| 2:00 AM
Given all the excitement his papacy has generated, the approach of the first full Lenten season under Pope Francis resonates particularly with Catholics — even fallen-off Catholics — who prefer to see faith as social activism and not as Sunday...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 9:02 AM
In a wide-ranging interview published Wednesday, Pope Francis called on the Catholic Church to examine and evaluate civil unions.
That's not quite an endorsement of the practice. And it's a far cry from supporting same-sex marriage; the pontiff again...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 10:33 AM
1969 was a year I well remember — it was my first year in a seminary in Virginia. I was beginning my journey to the priesthood with an American religious order, the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity. Nine years later, I was ordained a...
| Jan 5, 2014
| 6:49 PM
The Rev. Robert Nugent, a Roman Catholic priest whose support of gays and lesbians in the church brought the Vatican's censure, ending his public role as an advocate for reconciling church doctrines with the realities of gay life, died...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 5:47 PM
The call came to Baltimore's Basilica several weeks ago: President Barack Obama needed a gift to bring to Pope Francis on his coming visit to the Vatican. Might the basilica, the first Catholic cathedral in the U.S., have something?
From a former crypt,...