| Apr 27, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Everything about Pope John Paul II was larger than life: his constant globetrotting, his naming of 483 saints -- more than all his predecessors combined -- and his 27 years in office, making him one of the longest serving pontiffs.
The Polish pope...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 1:02 PM
The former Vatican ambassador to the Dominican Republic, accused of having sexually abused boys in Santo Domingo, has been defrocked by a Vatican tribunal, Catholic Church officials here said Friday.
Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski of Poland was convicted...
| Sep 21, 2012
| 4:46 AM
A big, bold restaurant name such as "Italian Red Sauce comes with a large personality in the form of owner Alfonso Ceparano. The hulk of a man, a New Yorker with the accent to prove it, roams the restaurant in a black suit shirt and tie as he chats with...
| Mar 25, 2013
| 11:17 AM
ROME - "SILENZIO!" says the sign just past the massive bronze doors marking the entrance to St. Mary and the Martyrs Catholic Church in Rome, one of the two or three most important churches in Christian history. The sign reminds all that this is a house...
| Jul 16, 2011
| 9:58 PM
I believe that a good deal of our suffering stems from unforgiveness. It can be difficult to forgive someone who has gravely wronged us, and even more so when that same person refuses to ask for pardon or believes that he or she did nothing wrong to begin...
| Jan 16, 2012
| 2:15 PM
For as long as she can remember, Mervin Savoy has pressed the world to see her as she sees herself.
She refused to be bowed by the school officials who wouldn't let her write "American Indian" on forms identifying her race. She refused to be halted by...
| Mar 11, 2013
| 6:12 PM
As their church's cardinals gathered in Vatican City to select a new pope, Catholic schoolchildren in the Baltimore area joined the worldwide buzz over the secret balloting process in an online chat with a fairly well-placed source: Archbishop William E....
| Mar 29, 2013
When in Rome, the excitement swirling around the election of Pope Francis was contagious, even for those who weren't church-going Roman Catholics. My job was to convey that Eternal City-wide fervor to folks back home through stories, videos, live Webcasts...
| Jun 8, 2012
| 7:07 PM
The image ofthe Catholic Church recently was further battered when documents revealed that Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York authorized payments of up to $20,000 each to priests accused of sexual abuse as “motivation” not to contest...
| Mar 7, 2012
| 8:47 AM
Soprano Stacey Mastrian returns to her native Bel Air to present a recital of songs and arias in Italian, French, German, Spanish and English, with pianist Scott Crowne. The concert will be Friday, March 16, at 8 p.m. at the St. Mary Magdalen Mission...
| Jun 20, 2013
It would make things so much easier for everyone if Edward Snowden were working for China.
And that's certainly a possibility. His decision to flee to Hong Kong -- a Chinese vassal -- was an odd one, given that China is hardly a bulwark of...