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Father Thomas Barrett, pastor of Church of the Nativity in Longwood, Florida, baptizes Ainsley Lindberg during the Easter Vigil Mass on April 11, 2009.  PHOTO:  by Valeta Orlando, Florida Catholic

A woman touches the white coffin of a child during the funeral service for quake victims in L’Aquila, Friday, April 10, 2009. The Vatican offered a special dispensation to allow a mass to be celebrated on Good Friday. You can […]

A rare winter snowstorm strikes the south. This shot is from Centennial Park in Atlanta. The storm is now pushing north. New York City, among other places, may get a foot or more of the white stuff — our biggest […]

Vice President Joe Biden attending an event in Washington yesterday. PHOTO: by Getty Images/Win McNamee

Two shepherds. At St. Patrick’s this morning. PHOTO:  from The New York Times.

From the swearing in, January 20, 2009. You can read about the bible he used here.

A soldier visits Santa in Baghdad. By Khalid Mohammed / Associated Press.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The picture below was taken by a friend, a parishioner in my parish. This is a few blocks from my home in Forest Hills, in the beautiful borough of Queens.

Six days before Christmas, we New Yorkers finally got our first big snow of the season. Below, the Brooklyn Bridge, from the New York Times photographer Michael Nagle.

A statue of the Blessed Mother is all that is left in the ruins of this mobile home park in Sylmar, California. The fire destroyed nearly 500 homes, according to the Los Angeles Times. Photo: by Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty.