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January 03, 2019
Holy Name Rally at Ebbets Field Attracts 60,000 Catholic Men, May 1941
Since the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus is celebrated as an optional memorial...
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Old Catholic Poems: “Courtesy”
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A Poem in Honor of the Feast of St. Philip Neri (1515-1595)
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Catholic Poetry: “Newman,” by George N. Shuster
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The First Nuns in Arkansas, 1851
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Lecture on American Catholic Literature, Brooklyn, 1860
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