Archive for December, 2017

Catholic swimmer Katie Ledecky named AP Female Athlete of the Year

Catholic swimmer Katie Ledecky named AP Female Athlete of the Year

| Kelly Sankowski | December 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Associated Press named Katie Ledecky the Female Athlete of the Year Dec. 26, after balloting by U.S. editors and news directors.

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Judge denies both Reorganization plans, directs parties to return to mediation

Judge denies both Reorganization plans, directs parties to return to mediation

| December 29, 2017 | 9 Comments

“We look to engage with all participants in mediation as directed by the judge to bring a prompt and fair resolution,” Tom Abood, chairman of the archdiocese’s reorganization task force, said in the statement.

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Presiding in charity: Ecumenical dialogue looks at pope’s role

Presiding in charity: Ecumenical dialogue looks at pope’s role

| Robert Duncan | December 28, 2017 | 1 Comment

Many people, including many Catholics, believe the pope always ruled over the Catholic Church as an absolute monarch, appointing the world’s bishops and definitively settling issues of faith and morals. Yet that exercise of the papal office is comparatively new.

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Vatican agency says at least 23 church workers killed in 2017

Vatican agency says at least 23 church workers killed in 2017

| December 28, 2017 | 1 Comment

The majority of Catholic Church workers violently killed in 2017 were victims of attempted robberies, the Vatican’s Fides agency said, with Nigeria and Mexico topping the list countries where the most brutal murders were carried out.

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Pope: Festivities become a facade when Christ is left out of Christmas

Pope: Festivities become a facade when Christ is left out of Christmas

| Carol Glatz | December 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Only when Christ is the focus of the Christmas season do all the colorful lights, carols, special meals and traditions help create a festive and joyous atmosphere, Pope Francis said.

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Ohio priest being investigated for ‘questionable’ texts commits suicide

Ohio priest being investigated for ‘questionable’ texts commits suicide

| December 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

A priest being investigated for “excessive and questionable” communications with a minor and possible misuse of church funds committed suicide, the bishop of the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio, said.

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Pope prays for world’s suffering children on Christmas

Pope prays for world’s suffering children on Christmas

| Cindy Wooden | December 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Those who recognize the Lord in the baby Jesus in the manger also should recognize his presence in children suffering today because of war, poverty and immigration, Pope Francis said.

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Young Edmundite priests’ goal is to evangelize with their YouTube show

Young Edmundite priests’ goal is to evangelize with their YouTube show

| Cori Fugere Urban | December 26, 2017 | 1 Comment

Father Lino Oropeza is a fan of technology.

He worked in information technology in his native Venezuela before becoming a priest of the Society of St. Edmund, based at St. Michael’s College in Colchester. So, it seems natural that he would come up with an idea to combine technology and education about the Catholic faith.

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Making wax figures of Jesus for mangers

Making wax figures of Jesus for mangers

| Francois Gloutnay | December 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

For sculptor Sylvette Chanel, Advent is the busiest time of the year. She is among the few people left who keeps alive the ancient New France craft of making and repairing wax Jesus figures for Nativity scenes.

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Christmas proclaims hope, charity where fear reigns, pope says

Christmas proclaims hope, charity where fear reigns, pope says

| December 25, 2017 | 1 Comment

Christmas calls believers to see God’s presence where he is often perceived as absent, especially in the “unwelcomed visitor, often unrecognizable, who walks through our cities and our neighborhoods, who travels on our buses and knocks on our doors,” Pope Francis said.

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Father Lachner remembered for intelligence, meeting celebrity singer

Father Lachner remembered for intelligence, meeting celebrity singer

| December 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Father Anton Lachner experienced great suffering the last eight years of his life, his family said, after having a series of strokes, the first of which he experienced after retiring at age 70 in 2009.

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Counties seen as key to ongoing death penalty struggle

Counties seen as key to ongoing death penalty struggle

| Mark Pattison | December 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

While much of the focus has been on the Supreme Court, state legislatures, governors and juries in the ongoing fight to abolish capital punishment in the United States, the head of the Death Penalty Information Center suggested that counties may be key.

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