| 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 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 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:...
| Apr 27, 2014
| 5:24 PM
Hundreds of local Catholics streamed up the aisles of Holy Rosary Church in Baltimore Sunday, through incense-sweet air, to venerate the relic of a pope who visited 38 years earlier.
The relic — a drop of Pope John Paul II's blood given to the...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 1:50 PM
Rita Anne Corasaniti Ayd, the matriarch of a family of 102 direct descendants, died of heart failure April 23 at a daughter's northern Baltimore County home. She was 92 and had lived in the Lake Falls area.
Rita Anne Corasaniti was the daughter of...
| 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 4, 2014
Pope Francis recently reaffirmed that religious freedom is "a fundamental human right" and warned against the impulse to "relegate [religions] to the enclosed precincts of churches, synagogues or mosques." The freedom of religion cannot be reduced to...
| 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...