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Effie Caldarola, Cathoilc News Service

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Effie Caldarola writes for Catholic News Service from the greater Omaha area.

Interesting and challenging times call for a sense of humor and...

My granddaughter Charlotte posed for the traditional first day of kindergarten photo on the front porch of her home in New Jersey, wearing a...

The U.N. at 75: Continuing to work for world-wide peace and...

The United Nations was born in 1945 out of the rubble and human devastation of World War II. Like its predecessor, the League of...

God is love — not power, taskmaster, judgmental or a rulebook:...

When my kids were little, they went to our parish school, and after I dropped them off, I often stayed for morning Mass. Maria,...

Freedom is never free: Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th...

If you've ever read about someone suffering the ravages of a hunger strike and the violence of forced feeding, you have an insight into...

Opening doors is same as opening hearts; life is too short...

When my husband and I married, we had just completed a volunteer commitment with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, teaching school in the Alaskan Bush...

Time to remember God of love teaches us not to hate:...

The year was 1856, and the topic of slavery was gripping the nation. Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner had recently made a speech about abolishing slavery...

The incredible faith and strength of the maid of Orleans, St....

Was she suffering from schizophrenia or a form of epilepsy, as some modern writers have suggested? How did a teenage girl persuade the future...

Is today Friday? Or is it Saturday? We’re in a limbo...

It was the Friday before the July Fourth holiday, and as I cleared the dinner dishes I said to my husband, "It’s seemed like...

We stand on the shoulders of giants and flawed, sinful people...

When my old grandmother visited Virginia in the late 1960s, it was her first trip back since her family had migrated to the Midwest...

Does my day include silence and reflection? If not, why not?...

I grew up in farm country where community was maintained by certain customs. If a farmer was taken seriously ill or died near harvest time,...

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