Archive for December, 2017

Pope’s New Year priorities: Refugees, youths, trips, more Curia reform

Pope’s New Year priorities: Refugees, youths, trips, more Curia reform

| December 22, 2017 | 1 Comment

Foreign trips, a focus on the rights and needs of migrants and refugees and a Synod of Bishops dedicated to young people all are on the 2018 calendar for Pope Francis.

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ACA repeal effort highlights health care tug-of-war

ACA repeal effort highlights health care tug-of-war

| Mark Pattison | December 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

While efforts by congressional Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act over the first half of 2017 dominated the headlines on the health care stage, there were other issues that also merited attention.

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Nuclear threat raises tensions in U.S., Asia, worldwide

Nuclear threat raises tensions in U.S., Asia, worldwide

| Mark Pattison | December 22, 2017 | 1 Comment

The ratcheting up of North Korea’s missile testing, and fears that it also is advancing in its quest to launch a nuclear weapon, has gotten the attention of virtually everyone within range of any North Korean-fired missile and leaders worldwide, including Pope Francis.

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New poll shows most Americans want to hear ‘Merry Christmas’ over ‘Happy Holidays’

New poll shows most Americans want to hear ‘Merry Christmas’ over ‘Happy Holidays’

| December 22, 2017 | 1 Comment

A majority of Americans — 59 percent — say they prefer the greeting “Merry Christmas” to “Happy Holidays” during this season, according to a new Knights of Columbus-Marist poll.

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‘This Is Us,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ top viewing choices for people of faith

‘This Is Us,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ top viewing choices for people of faith

| December 22, 2017 | 1 Comment

It’s probably no surprise that people who go to church watch TV.

What may be a surprise are their prime-time favorites.

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Priest’s ‘sweet secret’: He invented machine that ‘hooked’ the candy cane

Priest’s ‘sweet secret’: He invented machine that ‘hooked’ the candy cane

| Malea Hargett | December 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

An Arkansas priest-inventor had a hand in creating the candy canes that you know and love this time of year.

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Downsizing

Downsizing

| December 22, 2017 | 1 Comment

An odd combination of elements makes up the offbeat drama “Downsizing.” But the residue that remains with viewers is ultimately a positive one.

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Gingrich formally begins service as U.S. ambassador to Holy See

Gingrich formally begins service as U.S. ambassador to Holy See

| Callista Gingrich | December 22, 2017 | 2 Comments

Callista Gingrich presented her letters of credential to Pope Francis, formally assuming her duties as U.S. ambassador to the Holy See.

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The ‘hurt is still there,’ says Cardinal O’Malley at news conference

The ‘hurt is still there,’ says Cardinal O’Malley at news conference

| Mark Labbe | December 21, 2017 | 7 Comments

Journalists crowded into a room in the Archdiocese of Boston’s Braintree headquarters Dec. 20 as Cardinal Sean O’Malley answered questions following the death of Cardinal Bernard Law, whose death was officially announced by the Vatican earlier that day.

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Cardinal Law’s funeral celebrated at Vatican

Cardinal Law’s funeral celebrated at Vatican

| December 21, 2017 | 10 Comments

Cardinal Bernard F. Law, who resigned as archbishop of Boston when it became clear he had knowingly transferred priests accused of sexually abusing children, made mistakes as all people do, Cardinal Angelo Sodano said at his funeral.

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Twin Cities native moves to Zambia to serve street children

Twin Cities native moves to Zambia to serve street children

| December 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Carol McBrady has no biological children.
But, on the streets of Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, she is known as Mama Carol.

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Praying with song: Children learn theology behind sacred music

Praying with song: Children learn theology behind sacred music

| Susan Klemond | December 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Along with liturgical music, the St. Cecilia (girls) and St. Gregory (boys) choristers of the upper choir are rehearsing traditional Christmas music they will sing at the Cathedral’s 4 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass.

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