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Religious leaders condemn U.S. torture practices as report is released

Religious leaders condemn U.S. torture practices as report is released

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace said acts of torture outlined in a Senate Intelligence Committee report “violated the God-given human dignity inherent in all people and were unequivocally wrong.”

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U.S. & World News briefs – December 18, 2014

U.S. & World News briefs – December 18, 2014

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

- Kerry asks Vatican for help in relocating Guantanamo detainees
– Pope to create new cardinals
– Sydney archbishop: Despite reports, no link between celibacy, abuse

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‘Happy’ about warming of U.S.-Cuba relations, pope praises diplomacy

‘Happy’ about warming of U.S.-Cuba relations, pope praises diplomacy

| Carol Glatz | December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis expressed his joy over the historic turning point in U.S.-Cuba relations as the two countries agreed to restore diplomatic ties after half a century. The pope credited the breakthrough to the consistent, constant efforts of the nations’ ambassadors and the “noble” task of diplomacy.

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Vatican report calls U.S. women religious to continued dialogue

Vatican report calls U.S. women religious to continued dialogue

| Cindy Wooden | December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

A massive, detailed Vatican-ordered investigation of U.S. communities of women religious ended with a call to the women themselves to continue discerning how best to live the Gospel in fidelity to their orders’ founding ideals while facing steeply declining numbers and a rapidly aging membership.

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‘God moment’ leads Iowa teen to compose music for Sandy Hook effort

‘God moment’ leads Iowa teen to compose music for Sandy Hook effort

| Dan Russo | December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

On Dec. 14, 2012, the day a lone gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Kylie DeWees was badly shaken by the news.

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Markets in Vienna offer taste of Old World Christmas

Markets in Vienna offer taste of Old World Christmas

| Cristina Muller | December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tucked behind the Austrian capital’s well known Museumsquartier — a complex of art, natural history and cultural museums — is a little side street Christmas market called Spittelberg.

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Exodus: Gods and Kings

Exodus: Gods and Kings

| John Mulderig | December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Though it ends with the giving of the Commandments on Mount Sinai, at an intimidating running time of over two-and-a-half hours, “Exodus: Gods and Kings” may strike many as recalling more directly the 40 years of wandering in the wilderness by which the fidelity of the Hebrews was thereafter put to the test.

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Pope praises Our Lady of Guadalupe as great missionary of ‘our America’

Pope praises Our Lady of Guadalupe as great missionary of ‘our America’

| Cindy Wooden | December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Preceded by a procession of flags from the nations of the Americas and the recitation of the rosary in Spanish, Pope Francis and thousands of Catholics from across the Atlantic celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Vatican.

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Preparing for Christmas one papal homily at a time

Preparing for Christmas one papal homily at a time

| Cindy Wooden | December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

As Advent got under way, Pope Francis included in his morning Mass homilies specific graces Catholics should pray for as they prepare for Christmas.

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Vatican sends bishops preparatory questionnaire for 2015 family synod

Vatican sends bishops preparatory questionnaire for 2015 family synod

| December 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

To help set the agenda for the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the family, the Vatican is sending the world’s Catholic bishops’ conferences a list of questions on a range of topics, including matters of marriage and sexuality that proved especially controversial at the 2014 family synod.

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U.S. & World News briefs – December 11, 2014

U.S. & World News briefs – December 11, 2014

| December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

- Police investigating vandalism at cathedral in downtown Anchorage
– Vatican to release findings of study of U.S. women religious
– Hong Kong cardinal surrenders to police to help end street protests

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Court hears arguments in Little Sisters of the Poor appeal, two others

Court hears arguments in Little Sisters of the Poor appeal, two others

| Roxanne King | December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Little Sisters of the Poor aren’t seeking special privileges — they just want the same exemption from the federal contraceptive mandate offered to others, the order’s mother provincial said Dec. 8.

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