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Posted: July 10, 2009

Last Updated: January 19, 2017

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October 3, 2016
When is it OK to utter Jesus' name?
When is it OK to utter Jesus' name?

Q. When is it appropriate to call out verbally the word "Jesus"? If his name is not being used in a disrespectful way but to implore his help, certainly this would not be considered swearing, right? Some people seem to have a fear of uttering his name, lest they appear to be swearing. (Timberville, Virginia)

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October 3, 2016
Follow Pope Francis' example of 'Mercy Fridays'
Follow Pope Francis' example of 'Mercy Fridays'

It was all over Facebook when I checked my posts the other day.

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September 6, 2016
Let us be hope for each other
Let us be hope for each other

In July I traveled to Serbia, Greece and Lebanon to review the refugee situation now that the borders to Northern Europe are closed. While the flow of people has diminished, it has not ceased. Migration is now largely dependent on traffickers who charge individuals 4,000 to 6,000 euros to facilitate illegal crossings.

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September 6, 2016
The intersection between faith and health
The intersection between faith and health

In 2006, I wrote a column called "The Health Benefits of Going to Church." In it, I reviewed two studies that examined whether attendance at religious services could be beneficial for overall health.

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September 6, 2016
St. Teresa: Witness of modern-day holiness
St. Teresa: Witness of modern-day holiness

Blessed Teresa of Kolkata came to The Catholic University of America 45 years ago to receive her first honorary degree. If I'd been president of our school at the time I would have tried hard to get a picture of her in a Catholic University sweatshirt.

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September 6, 2016
How do Catholics justify hospice care?
How do Catholics justify hospice care?

Q. Please tell me how Catholics justify hospice care, especially withholding food and water from the patient. Doesn't this starve the patient to death? And doesn't the heavy medication they use actually cause death? (Illinois)

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August 1, 2016
Accountability can protect good officers
Accountability can protect good officers

A chilling message was sent as five police officers were killed and seven others wounded in downtown Dallas on July 7 as they were monitoring peaceful protests against the recent killings by police of two African-American men in Louisiana and Minnesota.

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August 1, 2016
Politics and the Supreme Court
Politics and the Supreme Court

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg caused quite a stir this month by saying what was on her mind about Donald Trump to the New York Times. "I can't imagine what the country would be -- with Donald Trump as our president," she said.

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July 5, 2016
A different kind of ABCs
A different kind of ABCs

I recently had the privilege to deliver commencement speeches at a few Catholic universities and colleges. Humbled by the fact that few people remember what their commencement speakers intoned at these ceremonies, I tried to keep the message simple and, hopefully, partially memorable.

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July 5, 2016
Instructing the ignorant, a work of mercy
Instructing the ignorant, a work of mercy

On the feast of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis inaugurated a Holy Year of Mercy -- a special time for the church to celebrate and experience God's mercy.

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