Pork Roll, Lent and Catholic Identity

A FEW WEEKS before Ash Wednesday, an Associated Press squib with Lenten implications appeared in the Washington Post sports section:

Life March Needs Support

Dear Editor: On Friday Jan, 19, I joined hundreds of thousands of people to remember and demonstrate against the Supreme Court decision of Roe v Wade (which made abortion the law of the land in the USA) in Washington, D.C., in the March for Life.

Growing Up Polish

Dear Editor: I wish to thank Thomas Straczynski for his beautiful evocation (Dec. 16) of growing up in Polish Greenpoint. Actually, it was all quite familiar to myself since I grew up in Our Lady of Czestochowa parish in South Brooklyn. What beautiful memories! FRANCES GALLAGHER Windsor Terrace

Father Lauder on NET-TV

Dear Editor: NET-TV finally found a slot for the worthwhile program called “Catholic Novels.”

Revitalize Family Life to Foster Vocations

by Sean M. Suckiel

Promoting vocations to the priesthood, religious life, diaconate and married life must penetrate the life of the Church in the Diocese of Brooklyn at all levels. It is one of the most urgent tasks that the Church is facing today.

Pope Francis Speech At The Meeting With The Bishops Of Peru

These days I have spent among you have been very intense and gratifying. I have been able to learn about and experience the different realities that shape these lands, and to share at first hand the faith of God’s holy and faithful people, which does us so much good. Thank you for the opportunity to “touch” the faith of the people that God has entrusted to you.

Pope Francis’ Remarks At The Children’s Home In Hogar, Peru

I know that sometimes, at night, some of you feel sad. I know that you miss your father and mother who are not here, and I know too that sometimes you feel very hurt. Forgive us those times when we adults have not cared for you, and when we did not give you the importance you deserve.

Viva Cristo Rey (Schools)!

IN THE 1920S, when the United States had a quasi-Stalinist regime on its southern border, “Viva Cristo Rey!” was the defiant battle cry of Cristeros who fought the radically secular Mexican government’s persecution of the Church. “Viva Cristo Rey!” were likely the last words spoken by Blessed Miguel Pro, S.J., whose martyrdom in 1927 may have been the first in history in which the martyr was photographed at the moment of death. Today, in the U.S., “Cristo Rey” has a different, although not wholly unrelated, meaning – for it’s the name of an important experiment in Catholic education for poor children.